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Fashola assures total reopening of Third Mainland Bridge.


The repairs, expected to last six months, were extended from January to February because of the #EndSARS protests.

Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, said on Thursday that the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos undergoing repairs would be totally reopened to traffic ‘’this weekend’’.


Noble Reporters Media reports that Fashola, who gave the assurance during a radio phone-in programme, did not specify which day of the weekend to expect the reopening.

“I can tell you now that this weekend, it will be opened definitely; my directors are still in Lagos; the major works have now been finished, so let me say that again by way of information.

“Definitely this weekend it will be reopened. I will announce the date toward Friday and the reason why I am holding back the exact date is that we are the government.


“Any time we say something, people must reliably be able to plan their lives around what we say,’’ he said.

He said that lane markings and finishing touches would be done within the next 48 to 72 hours, adding that the total shutdown of the bridge to happen at midnight on Friday would be the last before the total reopening.

He thanked Lagos residents for their patience and understanding, assuring that the repairs had been completed and the contractor would soon pull out of site.

“The major works have now been finished, the piles, all the joints, all the bearings, everything is done. The last miles now are the works which were not in the contract but we insisted must be done.


“We are asphalting some of the places on the pavement that have been affected by erosion; some of the lane markings have worn away so we want to do that,’’ he said.

Fashola explained that some of the repairs being concluded were not visible because they were underwater, adding that some diversion angles created had to be rebuilt within 48 to 72 hours.


The minister said that some time was lost on the project during the #EndSARS protests in Lagos, adding that the bridge was now safer and better for use, assuring motorists of a smooth driving experience.

He urged Nigerians to visit the ministry’s Twitter handle to get details of construction activities carried out so far on the bridge.

NoRM reports that the Third Mainland Bridge, which was going through a series of repairs, was partially shut on July 24, 2020, for another round of rehabilitation.


The repairs, expected to last six months, were extended from January to February because of the #EndSARS protests.

The construction was initially divided into two phases of three months on each carriageway, starting with the Oworonsoki-bound carriageway whose completion dragged to four months.

Traffic was partially diverted on a stretch of 3.5km where construction was on-going between Adeniji Adele Ramp and Ebute Meta, while different time belts were allotted for traffic diversions on the bridge.

The 11.8km bridge is the longest of the three bridges linking Lagos Island and the Mainland.


The bridge starts from Oworonshoki, which is linked to the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway and the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and ends at the Adeniji Adele Interchange on Lagos Island.

Constructed in 1990, the bridge was the longest in Africa; until 1996 when the Oct. 6 Bridge in Cairo was completed.



Lagos Gov, Sanwo olu set to scrap pension for ex-govs


He made this known while presenting the 2021 budget to the Lagos State House of Assembly

Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday announced his intention to repeal the Public Office Holder (Payment of Pension Law 2007), which provides for payment of pension and other entitlements to former Governors and their Deputies.

Detail later…


3rd Mainland Bridge: Fashola makes inspection on Lagos road projects


The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Tuesday commenced an inspection tour of the Federal Government’s road projects in Lagos State.

The minister kicked off the inspection at the Apapa-Oshodi-Ojota-Oworonshoki Expressway reconstruction project, then moved to the Third Mainland Bridge which has been partially shut for repairs.

The bridge was shut on Friday, and will remain shut for the next six months as the repairs continue.

According to the Federal Controller of Works, Olukayode Popoola, a diversion has been created for the contractor handling the repairs to commence work on the outward lane of the island.


Popoola also explained that the inward lane has been left open to enable motorists to ply the road with ease while going about their businesses.

Commuters have, however, already begun to experience increased gridlock on the axis.

In August 2018, the Third Mainland Bridge was shut for a three-day investigative maintenance; an underwater confirmatory test was also carried out in March 2019.

Also in 2019, a viral video indicating an unusual vibration of the bridge raised concerns over the bridge’s safety, but the Federal Government dispelled the rumours insisting that the bridge was structurally fit and poses no danger to users.


Meanwhile, further investigation revealed that the worn-out expansion joints of the cantilever bridge may not be posing an immediate threat to the structure at the time, but consistent use without carrying out the required maintenance work has left the bridge in bad shape.

While doing the inspection, Fashola urged Nigerians to endure the hardship and cooperate with the construction workers.

According to him, there is no better time than now, to begin the reconstruction.

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FG approves N108bn road project for 4 states in Nigeria


The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved N108 billion for the construction and rehabilitation of road projects in four states of the federation.

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, who disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the seventh virtual meeting of the council in Abuja, said the projects were located in Adamawa, Borno, Enugu and Rivers States.

He said the council approved an augmentation of existing contract by N25 billion for the completion of the Lokponta section of the Enugu-Port Harcourt highway.


The minister said: “The Ministry of Works and Housing presented two memoranda.

“The first one was to aid the completion of the Lokponta section of the Enugu-Port Harcourt highway.

Minister of works and housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola

“It was the augmentation of an existing contract by N25 billion and the council approved that augmentation.”

Fashola said the council also approved the award of three different roads.


“The first is Dikwa-Marte-Monguno road for N60.273 billion and the Numan road linking Borno and Adamawa for N15.527 billion.

“The third is for Gombi-Biu linking Adamawa and Borno also for N7.643 billion,” he added.

Also at the briefing, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said the council approved an agreement between the Kaduna Polytechnic (KADPOLY) and an investor to renovate 18 blocks of students’ hostels.

He said the contract which is a 15-year concession at the cost of N744.264 million is under a Renovate Operate, Maintain, and Transfer (ROMT) arrangement.



Edo-Ondo Election: APC appoint Keyamo, Fashola, Musa, Shina Peller. | See Full Lists


The Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee (CEONCPC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has made new appointments.

Former Senate President, Ken Nnamani and Niger Governor, Sani Bello, will chair the APC Reconciliation Committees for Edo and Ondo States, respectively.

Yekini Nabena, Deputy National Publicity Secretary, announced this in a statement on Tuesday.

He said the development was in line with the process of reconciliation among leaders and members at all levels, announced by the National Caretaker Chairman and Yobe Governor, Mala Buni.


The full list below:

Edo State Reconciliation Committee

Sen. Ken Nnamani – Chairman
Babatunde Fashola, SAN
Fetus Keyamo, SAN
Prof. Tahir Mamman
Mrs. Margaret Okadigbo
Barr. Sanusi Musa
Hon. Kawu Sumaila – Secretary

Ondo State Reconciliation Committee
Governor Sani Bello – Chairman
Sen. Adamu Aliero
Sen. Bamidele Opeyemi
Gambon Magaji
Jasper Azuwatalum
Hajiya Binta Muazu
Hon. Iquo Inyang
Shina Pellar – Secretary

The governorship elections in Edo and Ondo had been slated for September 19 and October 10, 2020.



Nollywood Hall of Fame, Jide Kosoko sends open letter to Fashola as he clocks 57


Ace Nollywood actor, Prince Jide Kosoko took to his Instagram page to celebrate former Lagos state governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola on his birthday today, 28th of June.

Jide Kosoko revealed that he is proud of him and all he has achieved so far. He however asked God to grant the celebrant peace, good health and happiness.

Read all he wrote below;

“My dear brother, Your Excellency Babatunde Raji Fashola S.A.N. I wish you peace, good health, and happiness. Congratulations and happy birthday to you.As you mark your years of existence on Earth today, I join others in wishing you a very happy birthday. May you have many more years and sound health to stay alive and continue to lead. I am very proud of you and your achievements, thank you for your service.”



It’s ridiculous to link me with Naira Marley’s flight – Fashola


In a latest report, the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has disclosed that he has not travelled out of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, since
March 22.

This comes after a letter reportedly written by the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Executive Jets Services Limited, Sam
Iwuajoku, over circumstances surrounding a Lagos-Abuja-flight operated on Saturday.

Recall with Noble Reporters Media that the airline was suspended by
FG for flying in controversial artiste, Azeez Fashola better known as Naira Marley, and his team to Abuja to attend a concert.

The Chairman of the airline in a letter of apology claimed that he gave the approval for the flight thinking the
passenger was Babatunde Fashola.


Reacting in a statement via Punch report on Tuesday, Fashola’s Special Adviser on
Communications, Hakeem Bello, said, “The attention of the Office
of the Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde
Fashola SAN, has been drawn to a letter signed by the Chairman/
CEO of Executive Jets Services Limited, Dr Sam Iwuajoku
concerning a flight it operated to Abuja last weekend.

“For purposes of clarity and in order to set the records straight, the Hon. Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN, has not travelled out of Abuja since March 22, 2020, when he returned there after an inspection tour of the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway construction work and a visit to Lagos, before the lockdown.


“The decision of the Hon. Minister not to travel was taken in strict compliance with the Federal Government’s ban on inter-state travels as part of efforts to control the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is therefore ridiculous for Dr Iwuajoku to attempt to link the Hon.
Minister with any non-compliant flight.”



Buhari save Banks from bankrupt amid foreign loan request – Fashola


The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said on Saturday government’s borrowing saved banks in Nigeria from collapse.

The minister, who disclosed this in an Instagram Live Chat with City People, added that many people criticized the government’s borrowing because of their limited understanding.

He said: “Let me say this about borrowing. Many people criticize it because they do not understand. If the government doesn’t borrow, a critical sector of the Nigerian economy may collapse – that is the financial and banking sector. The biggest business as to which banks make money is to lend.


“That is where they get interests to pay customers. It is by that lending that the government and private sector make profit. So, it is critical to employment also.”

Fashola, who is a former Lagos State governor, however, added that “It is legitimate to hear people who are concerned about borrowing.”


He said the projects, which the money borrowed were invested in, were touching lives.

The minister added: “Since 2015, the infrastructural development programme of President Muhammadu Buhari is touching more lives than people have acknowledged.”



Fashola – FG to lease vacant houses across the nation.

The Federal Government is to rent out unoccupied private and government houses located in various towns and cities across the country.

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this in Abuja while playing host to the Senate Committee on Housing led by its Chairman, Sam Egwu.

Fashola also explained that the non-provision of land was why the Federal Government was not constructing houses in Lagos and Rivers states, adding that over 3,000 affordable housing units were being constructed in 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Responding to an enquiry on what government was doing about empty houses scattered all over Nigeria, Fashola said his ministry had started collating the buildings and would lease them out to collect rents on a monthly basis.

He said, “As you have rightly pointed out, there are empty houses all over the place. How can we put those houses to use? I have news for you; some young people are already doing that and we are working with some of them.”

Providing additional explanation as directed by the minister, the Director, Public Private Partnership, Eucharia Alozie, stated that the young Nigerians had deployed technology to determine the number of empty houses in many parts of Nigeria and were expanding their reach.

She stated that what the ministry had done was to collate all empty houses built by the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, Federal Housing Authority and those built by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing.

Alozie stated, “They gave us a scenario that a lot of people built big houses in Abuja and in other big cities in Nigeria and nobody has taken these houses.

“So we want to use this as a pilot to go round the country, collate the houses and possibly rent them out, especially to young people.”

She added, “It is so easy to pay your house rent monthly because a lot of people do not have the money to pay for two years and that is a major problem in the country. So they pay monthly and the team will work with agencies of government to deduct the monthly rent payments.

“That is the innovation and we have gone very far with it. Right now, we are at the procurement stage where they will be given the opportunity to show what they have done. They have succeeded in Abuja, Lagos and Cross River states.”

Fashola, however, told his guests that the initiative was not compulsory.

He said, “We started this as an initiative and it is not compulsory for everybody. So, let’s be clear. Now, how many houses are empty in your cities and villages? Many people have empty houses in their villages and these are part of the housing stock and they must be counted.

“So, these young people are working with some financial institutions that have collected houses from defaulting customers and the houses are seen as dead capital, as they are not bringing in income and nobody wants to buy them.”

The minister explained that some of the houses, for example, were three-bedroom homes.

“Now, young people need houses but they don’t have funds for three-bedrooms. So, we will bring them together and rent each of the rooms and the rents are collected monthly,” he stated.

He told the senators that the government would ensure the success of initiative in most states across the country.


Why Nollywood will continue to do Juju film – Yul replies Fashola

Nollywood actor, Yul Edochie, has reacted to the statement made by Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Works and Housing. The former governor of Lagos State said that Nollywood movies could be fueling kidnapping and ritual killings given the number of persons the police have arrested with human skull and other body parts, with the motive of money ritual.

Yul Edochie had a different view and according to the Anambra State born actor, he is not in support of filmmakers banning such movies because he believes it is all about entertainment and it ends there.

Insecurities: Nollywood movies promoting money rituals – Fashola


Insecurities: Nollywood movies promoting money rituals – Fashola

Without doubt, one of the common themes in Nollywood is money rituals. While such stories could be entertaining, especially with the mystical manipulations embedded in them, Minister of Works and Housing and former governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, during the week asked moviemakers to stop telling such stories, because, according to him, money ritual is a myth.

Fashola, who was the guest speaker at the fourth annual public lecture/symposium organised by the United Action for Change, themed, ‘Security of citizens as a social contract’, said that belief system, reinforced through Nollywood movies, could be fuelling kidnapping, given the number of persons the police have arrested with human skull and other body parts, with the motive of money ritual.

But the former governor, who titled his lecture, ‘Insecurity: Taking actions against organised crime’, however, said it was high time moviemakers and policymakers changed the narrative, to save innocent lives from being wasted.

Fashola said, “Some people believe that if you get a man’s head or a woman’s body parts, they could be turned into money. It’s not true! And when you ask people who believe in it if they have seen it happen before, they tell you someone said they had seen it.

“However, it has become a reinforced belief through entertainment, social media and Nollywood. How can human head bring money? Money is paper invented by man, not God. They put the paper in a machine to print what we call money and that is the only place money comes from.

“But the challenge is the belief system. Just think about how many people have been missing – through kidnapping – because some people believe that it exists. The police could tell us the number of people they have apprehended with human parts, such as skulls. This belief system must go.

“Therefore, all of us, including those who make the films, must reverse the story and start selling a new story that money is printed in a machine and not through any other way like money rituals.”

Minister of Works and Housing and former governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola

He also faulted the fears that engulfed the populace last year when there were reports that cyber fraudsters were stealing women’s briefs to make money.

Fashola said, “It is not true, or how does that happen? What is the connection between paper (money) and cotton (pants) or has anybody seen cotton money before? Those of us who have influence and authority must take positions to see to the reversal of this kind of beliefs.”


Okada/Keke Ban: Fashola reveals why he is in support

Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Works and Housing, has declared his support for Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s decision to ban Okadas, motorcycles.

Fashola who was governor of Lagos state from from May 2007 to May 2015 and had banned Okada riders during his administration, showed his support behind Governor Sanwo-Olu’s decision when he spoke at the public lecture organised by the United Action for Change (UAC) in Lagos today Thursday February 6th

“If you care about security, you should back your governor on okada ban. As a centre of excellence, okada cannot be part of the plan. I’ve always held this position. Motorcycle have always been a conduit pipe for the opioid crisis among youths. We must act to eliminate anonymity.

I was robbed in my home, in fact on my bed in 1999. Organised crime is dynamic, criminals are aware that people don’t keep money at home again, now they diversified into kidnapping people for ransom. We must have data to identify people. You have SIM cards on your phone. It’s called subscriber identity module which can be tracked everywhere in the world. The attorney-general of each state and legislators should act.

In those days, we used to have licence for bicycles.” Fashola said

On January 27th, the state government banned motorcycles, keke Napeps in six Local Government Areas (LGAs), nine Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) and 10 major highways across the State. Also banned are ride hailing services, OPay and GOkada.


How Buhari Govt will spend borrowed loans – Fashola reveal ..

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said Federal government’s borrowing would be invested in the development of the nation’s infrastructure.

Fashola disclosed this during his inspection tour of Highway projects in Niger State and was contained in a statement signed and forwarded to media by his Deputy Director Press, Stephen Kilebi. N.Rs culled

He explained that borrowing invested on infrastructure would create jobs and help the country achieve self- sustaining economy.

The projects the Minister inspected were: the dualization of Suleja-Minna Phase I and phase II, the reconstruction of Bida-Lapai-Lambata road, the construction of Agaie-Katcha-Barro road, dualization of Jebba-Mokwa-Bokani road and rehabilitation of New Bussa-Kaiama road.

Speaking during the inspection, Fashola said, “A nation’s wealth is measured by its infrastructure.

“The concern of Nigerians on government borrowing is legitimate, but borrowing should be weighed with the problem they are used to solve.

“People need infrastructure if they can see that the money borrowed is used to deliver critical infrastructure, then their queries can be assuaged.

“Each of the road projects inspected has the capacity to employ over a thousand workforce. This would help the Federal Government’s drive in creating jobs for its teaming unemployment youths.”


No driver should park their fleets on the road – Fashola ..

Fashola gave the order on Monday in Lambata, Gurara Local Government Area of Niger state, while on a 2-day inspection tour of Highway projects in the state.

The minister pointed out that the vehicles, apart from impeding the works of the contractors to meet deadline, were also causing a lot of damage to the newly constructed roads.

“The oil emitting from the trucks is causing damage to the roads as oil and the binding agents on the road don’t go together.

“What is required is sensitisation of the public on the consequences of these actions; I believe no truck driver or fleet owner will deliberately destroy the roads, since a good road will also contribute to their prosperity.

“Therefore, it is the responsibility of all stakeholders, especially the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), to create proper parking areas for their fleets,’’ he said.

Earlier, Mr Felix Ume, Federal Controller of Works, Niger state, gave an update on the status of the roads and work done.

Ume decried the indiscriminate way truck drivers park on both sides of the road and spill oil on the road.

Mr Yusuf Waili, Chairman of Gurara Local Government, assured the minister that the local council had made packing spaces available for the articulated vehicles to relocate immediately.

NobleReporters learnt that the minister is expected to inspect five road projects in the state.

The projects include the dualisation of Suleja-Minna Road, Phase I and II, Reconstruction of Bida Lapai-Lambata road and Agaie-Katcha Barrow road.

Other are the dualisation of Jebba-Mokwa-Bokani Junction road in Kwara and Niger state.

The minister has so far inspected the Suleja-Minna, Bida-Lampai-Lambata, and Agaie – Barro roads.


Man that swindled fashola’s N3.1m arrested by EFCC.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a man who allegedly swindled former Lagos governor now works and housing minister, Babatunde Raji Fashola of N3.1m.

PM News reported that the suspect identified as Malik Wakili will be arraigned before Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke today, December 16.


(SAN) Malami AGF said he will comply with court orders over ex governor’s pension refund

…affected by the order are five ministers

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) said he will comply with the order of a Federal High Court which directed him to recover monies being paid to former governors that are currently serving as senators and ministers.

The order was made on Wednesday by Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo, of the Lagos division of the Federal High Court while delivering judgment in a suit filed by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP).

In the said suit, SERAP had approached the court for an order of mandamus to compel the Attorney General of the Federation to file action to challenge states’ pension laws for former governors and recover public funds collected by them in the interest of the public.

The group further sought an order directing the AGF to challenge the legality of states’ pension laws permitting former governors and other ex-public officials to collect such pensions.

Responding to the judgment on Thursday, Malami said that the Federal Government will be guided by public interest in complying with the court order.

Malami’s position was contained in a statement made available to journalists by his media aide, Dr. Umar Gwandu.

“We will work and be guided by the legalities of the case, the dictates of justice and public interest in complying with the judgment”, the minister said.

A total of 21 states had at various times promulgated pension laws allocating huge benefits to their former governors despite public objection. They are Lagos, Akwa Ibom, Edo, Delta, Kano, Gombe, Yobe, Borno, Bauchi, Abia, Imo, Bayelsa, Oyo, Osun, Kwara, Ondo, Ebonyi, Rivers, Niger, Kogi and Katsina states

Immediately affected by the order are five ministers in the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari and nine senators.

The ministers are Mr. Babatunde Fashola (Lagos, Housing and Urban Development), Senator Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom, Niger Delta), Hon. Chibuike Amaechi (Rivers, Transportation), Mr. Rauf Aregbesola (Osun, Interior) and Chief Timipre Sylva (Bayelsa, State Petroleum).

The senators caught by the judgment are Orji Uzor-Kalu and Theodore Orji (Abia), Kassim Shettima (Borno), Sam Egwu (Ebonyi), Danjuma Goje (Gombe) Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Ibrahim Shekarau and Kabiru Gaya (Kano) and Ibrahim Geidam (Yobe).


Minister of works, Fashola Commends Chief Michael Ade Ojo. (Reasons)

The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has commended business mogul and Founder of Elizade Motors, Chief Michael Ade Ojo for his contributions toward the development of the Ilara-Mokin community in Ondo State.

His commendation was at the recent inauguration of the 6-kilometre road network in Ilara-Mokin, near Akure, Ondo State, constructed by Chief Ade-Ojo.

Ilara-Mokin also hosts Elizade University, also founded by Chief Ade Ojo.

Fashola lauded Ade-Ojo’s commitment toward investing in the development of his immediate community.

According to him, infrastructure development plays a key role in community and national development.

“This 6-kilometre road construction which connects Ilara-Mokin and Ikota will ramp up social and economic growth to both communities, bringing transformation to Ondo State and Nigeria by extension.

“The road construction has also led to the creation of jobs for both skilled and unskilled workers, and other professionals who were involved in the project,’’ Fashola said in a statement by him.

Expressing his gratitude to Ade-Ojo, the minister said that it was remarkable for an individual to embark on an infrastructure development that contributes meaningfully to the speedy actualisation of community growth and the enhancement of the citizens’ welfare.

The occasion was graced by many dignitaries, including the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, the wife of the Ondo State Governor, Mrs Betty Anyawu-Akeredolu and the Alara of llara-Mokin, Ondo State, Oba Abiodun Aderemi Adefehinti.


Fashola – BIM services to enhance capacity and build Nationwide job opportunities.

The Minister for Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, yesterday, called on professional builders all over the country to get abreast with the newly introduced “Building Information Modeling” (BIM) services, hyping its value chain in the process.

According to the former Lagos State Governor, despite the losses incurred in the past due to faulty project delivery the advent of BIM creates an excellent opportunity to remedy the growing incessant collapse of buildings, ensure that building stock are maintained and used adequately.

This was disclosed as the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON) in collaboration with AUTODESK and BIM Africa held a conference at Abuja, celebrating the 18th Induction ceremony of New Builders into the system.

The Minister who was represented by the Director, Works and housing, Bldr (MRS) Mercy Onuoha said.

“I have no doubt that the introduction of this new agenda will bring about ground breaking achievements. BIM will bring about consistency and upgrade to our building capacity, It will also create business opportunities nationwide, if applied effectively.”

CORBON Chairman, Prof Kabir Bala expressed his excitement at the record-breaking number of the 2019 edition of registered inductees,258, which he described as “unprecedented.”

He further stated that the collaboration was deliberate, noting the benefits of setting a high standard for professional services and acquiring new knowledge and skills as the best way to secure a balanced building environment.