The former governor of Lagos state and current Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, has described the reports which claimed that the state of Nigeria’s roads as poor to be mere hypes. According to the minister: “The roads are really not as bad as they are often portrayed to be. I know that this is going to be your headline, but the roads are not really that bad”.
Babatunde Raji Fashola also said that some parts of the country, currently face some issues like high water table, which has made construction in the rainy season quite difficult. The South-East and South-South are amongst areas with such difficulties. He also made it known that the ministry and contractors were waiting patiently for the rain to subside so that they could return to sites.
He said: “Whenever I come here to announce that a particular amount has been approved for a contract doesn’t mean the amount has been paid contrary to what you suggest. Be mindful also that minister of finance, different arms of government are escalating the fiscal challenges we face as a nation in trying to fund the budget. You must also be aware that there is a distance between awarding a contract and also mobilizing to site. Also, Building materials such as rocks, laterite, quarry, iron rode have to be ordered for, construction companies don’t keep them.
So the point I am trying to make in essence to you is that there is a distance between approval, implementation, actual construction and the result.”