I’ll play my 2nd innings now, says Quader

Staff Correspondent

19th May, 2019 10:12:02 printer

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Sunday said he has started his second innings of life.

“I’ve competed first innings of my life. Now, I’ll play my second innings,” he said.

Quader, also Awami League general secretary, was talking to journalists as he joined work at his secretariat office on the day after over two months following his illness.

Mentioning that bringing back discipline in transport sector by reducing traffic congestion is his main challenge, Quader said, “Overcoming this challenge will be my main goal in this second innings.”   

He said that he had returned from the door of death. “I’m now well both physically and mentally.”

“I feel confident and hope that I would fully recover within a few months after taking proper care and rest,” he said.

The AL leader said that he would again go to Singapore on July 16 for a medical check-up.

Replying to a query, the AL leader said that he would go to the party headquarters on Bangabandhu Avenue on Monday.

“The party council will be held as per schedule,” he said.

Referring to upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr, Quader said that the condition of roads and highways are better now than that of previous years.

“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the second Gumti and second Meghna bridges on Dhaka-Chattogram Highway through videoconferencing on May 25,” he said.

“Work on four underpasses on Dhaka-Tangail highway will be completed soon. This will significantly reduce rush of passengers on both the highways during Eid holidays.”

Mentioning that more buses and trucks will be added to BRTC fleet, Quader said sale of advance tickets of BRTC buses will begin on Monday and presently, there is no crisis of buses in the country.

The AL leader returned home on Wednesday from Singapore after two months and 11 days of treatment.

Following a successful bypass surgery at Mount Elizabeth Hospital on March 20, Quader was moved to a cabin from the intensive care unit of the hospital on March 26 after improvement of his condition.

He was discharged from the hospital on April 5 and later he stayed at a rented house near the hospital for over a month.

On March 3, Quader was hospitalised to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University following breathing problem and diagnosed with three blocks in the heart.