Fashola suspends leaves, travels for workers

Babatunde Fashola

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has suspended all leaves and travels for workers in the ministry to make room for quick filing of the ministry’s budget.

Fashola was among ministers sworn in on Wednesday.

The former governor of Lagos State said on Friday on resumption of duty that the immediate need was to work out a budget for the ministry in the next two weeks.

He urged all agencies and departments of the ministry to work closely with the permanent secretary to reach the goal.

“One of the first things we have to do is to quickly work out the budget for the Ministry of Works and Housing and we have to do that in the next two weeks,” Fashola said.

“There is still a lot of work ahead of us in spite of what we have done before and I offer myself ready and willing to do my part by providing leadership and I trust that all of you are ready as well.

“The mandate of Mr. President is very clear and it derives from his mandate to the people of Nigeria. And if you watched the swearing-in ceremony today and listened to his speech, he wants us to be his eyes and ears and his agents to serve all the people of Nigeria and that is what we must set out to achieve.”

Fashola said he was excited about working with the new Minister of State, Aliyu Abubakar, after they worked together at the level of governors’ forum during the formative years of the All Progressives Congress (APC).