The minister for works, power and housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola has decried the paucity of resources occasioned by dwindling foreign earnings, that the nation is grappling with saying that it may affect the ministry’s plans to improve on road infrastructure.
Fashola who visited the Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello Tuesday night recalled that there was a time that the nation was earning as much as $100 per barrel of oil yet the government then failed to improve on the nation’s infrastructures.
According to him ‘‘It just tells you the situation in which this administration inherited the country and what we failed to do at the time when the nation was earning over $100 per barrel of crude oil a day, and what we failed to do then, we now have to do a lot more with less resources.”
The minister who lamented the poor state of the roads in the country, however assured that the Muhammadu Buhari administration was committed to fixing the roads and then shifting focus to their maintenance on timely bases.
While painting a sordid picture of Illorin-Jebba road , Mr Fashola declared that the ministry would try its best to rehabilitate it.
‘‘We are making 60km journey that should take 40 minutes, we are making it at one and half to three hours,”
He stated further that: ‘‘As I said to those truck drivers along Ilorin-Jebba road, staying there for four days if they have the opportunity for a way where they will pay toll it would have been better than losing four days and their perishable goods there. We will fix the roads first and we must go back to maintenance.”
The minister observed that indiscriminate parking of trailers and heavy-duty trucks on the road shoulders was also responsible for the quick depreciation of the roads, insisting that the trailers driver must get a place to park their trailers off the road.
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