The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has defined that Nigerians misquoted him in his remark that the complaints concerning the deplorable state of federal roads throughout the nation had been exaggerated.
Fashola who spoke over the weekend throughout his go to to Ondo State to inaugurate some highway tasks funded by Chief Micheal Ade-Ojo, popularly referred to as Elizade in Ifedore native authorities space of the state acknowledged that he by no means used the phrase ‘exaggerated.’
On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, the Minister whereas talking with State Home correspondents after the Federal Government Council, FEC, assembly was reported to have mentioned that Nigerian roads weren’t as deplorable as the general public have made them to look.
“The roads are not as bad as they are often portrayed. I know that this is going to be your headline, but the roads are not that bad.”
Nonetheless, talking at Ilara-mokin, the Works Minister disclosed that opposite to insinuations on social media, he had travelled around the nation on roads to entry the situation of federal roads.
In accordance with him, the federal authorities would repair bad roads primarily based on precedence listing.
His phrases, “Let me begin from the journey by roads to the 36 states, 12 hours on a regular basis, so I do know what I noticed, and I additionally mentioned what I wished to say in that press convention.
“I didn’t use the word ‘exaggerated’, I didn’t say that and please go listen to what I say, thank you,” Fashola mentioned.
He added that the federal authorities wouldn’t refund any state that rehabilitates or reconstructs federal roads, stressing that the invoice for highway refund from state governments was on the excessive facet, amounting to #500 billion.
In the meantime, Fashola had earlier commissioned about six kilometres highway community constructed by the Founding father of Elizade College, Ilara-Mokin, Chief Ade-Ojo. The roads are Ikota-Ilara Mokin highway and two Ilara township roads.
He urged prosperous Nigerians to emulate the good initiative of Chief Ade-Ojo who had singlehandedly developed his neighborhood along with his private wealth.
On his personal half, Chief Michael Ade-Ojo hinted that he based Elizade College and constructed some Ilara-Mokin township roads and to neighbouring cities like Ikota to immortalize his late spouse, Mrs. Elizabeth Wuraola Ade-Ojo.