Lagos Channel Management, LCM, Managing Director, Mr. Danny Fuchs has tasked Nigerian workers to rededicate themselves, investing more efforts and commitment, as he noted that the nation’s economic prospect is generally getting brighter by the day.
Danny Fuchs made the observation at the LCM 10th year ‘Anniversary of Excellence’ and honouring of two company staff with Long Service awards: General Manager Finance Alhaji Ibrahim Haruna and Prince Falade Oyekan.
“This is the time to put in your best. This is the time to go the extra mile, because the country’s prospect is getting brighter by the day” he stated, adding that the two awardees were not being honoured only because of their past contribution to the organization but also because the quality of what is still being expected of them.
He expressed satisfaction with development of the nation’s channels, stressing that one of his greatest joys has being watching WAFMAX (West African Maximum) vessels, gliding through the Lagos Channel, a feat which many Nigerians would have thought impossible, 10 years ago.
The high point of the celebration was the honouring of an accountant and a lawyer, with the company’s longest service award.
The accountant, who is currently the General Manager Finance, Alhaji Ibrahim Haruna who is from Gumel Local Government area of Jigawa was born on 14th September 1956. A revered member of Association of Nigerian Accountant (ANAN), he bagged his first degree in Economics; before taking on his Masters, also in Economics from Ahmadu Bello University in 1983.
He retired from the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) in 2003 as General Manager Finance; and shortly after, joined the LCM, in September 2005; and has stayed put, till date.
The second awardee, a lawyer and a Prince of Lagos, Falade Oyekan who was born on 1st March 1970 to two royal houses of the Oyekan and Obanikoro; bagged his bachelor degree in law in1997; was called to the bar in 2000, after which he proceeded to Middlesex University London, UK to obtain his Masters in Law in 2004.
In the meantime, the Senate yesterday reviewed the myriads of problems facing the development of road infrastructure in the country and submitted that the toll gate policy be immediately restored by the Federal Government.
Adopting the report of its Ad-hoc Committee on Works, which investigated the cause of the deteriorating state of road infrastructure, the upper chamber equally directed the Committee to meet with the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) on Concessioning and Public Private Partnership (PPP) to explore new methods of funding federal road projects.
The toll gate policy was stopped in 2004 when the then President Olusegun Obasanjo ordered demolition of toll gates erected on the country’s highways. The Committee, headed by Senator Barnabas Gemade also recommended the rebuilding and constant maintenance of existing roads infrastructure as well as introduction of weigh bridges to protect roads.
The panel also advocated for concrete roads instead of laterite roads in some parts of the country, especially in areas not suitable for bituminous pavement.
The Committee also observed that the yearly budgetary allocation to the Ministry of Works is not enough to construct major roads to international standard. It expressed regret that most of the federal roads are below standard and cannot stand the test of time, blaming the trend on contractors who compromise standards.
“There should be proper and adequate planning of roads. The short-term approach of yearly budgeting has proved ineffective; this promotes neglect of some of the roads. At times, when new government takes over, new programmes will be initiated and the ongoing projects are abandoned. If there is a policy that promotes long term planning, any government that comes will be bound to follow it”, the report read in part. The Committee expressed its displeasure over poorly designed roads by federal engineers, while others were constructed without designs.
To reverse the trend, the panel recommended easier access to Ecological Funds by State of the Federation, review of Land Use Act as well as improved monitoring and implementation of intervention projects.