By Oluwaseun Sonde
The minister of power, works and housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, has said that the federal government has issued a five-year notice for public buildings to construct ramps and lifts to protect the physically-challenged in the country. Fashola made the disclosure in Abuja during the unveiling of National Infrastructure Maintenance Framework (NIMF).
It was gathered that the minister said toilets in public buildings must be modified. According to Fashola, public building must also build sidewalks on the roads to enable the physically challenged use the roads without colliding with vehicles.
He said, “Our airports and parking lots in buildings must become compliant with international best practice by providing corridors and facilities for people living with disabilities at arrival and departure points, while a minimum number of slots clearly designated must be provided for vehicles owned by people living with disabilities.”
Meanwhile, it was previously reported that the federal government promised to complete the N26.131 billion ongoing road projects in Osun state. Babatunde Fashola said this during the inspection of the projects across the state. The minister was represented by Hezekiah Kehinde, the Osun controller of works.
Fashola said that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration inherited seven abandoned road projects totalling N18.86 billion from the past administration. The minister, however, said that federal government had mobilised contractors back to site to complete the abandoned road projects.
He also said that the federal government had awarded four new ongoing road projects in the sum of N8.45 billion across the state.
The minister said: “This administration inherited seven abandoned road project s in the sum of N18.86 billion in the state but because this government does not believe in wastage, contractors are mobilised back to site.
“The federal government considers those projects as fundamental for the socio-economic survival of the people in those areas. “Which informed the urgency in which those contractors are brought back to site and outstanding debts are cleared.”