Fashola – Roads In Nigeria Are Not As Bad As They Are Portrayed

Babatunde Fashola has stated that Nigerian roads are not as bad as they are said to be.
He disclosed this after the federal executive council meeting on Wednesday, also told newsmen that the major challenge encountered in the completion of roads across the country is funding.

The roads are not as bad as they are often portrayed he said. I know that this is going to be your headline, but the roads are not that bad.
When I came here to announce that a particular amount was approved for a contract that doesn’t mean the amount has been paid contrary to what you suggest.

You are 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 proposed budget.
You also know that last few budgets in Nigeria for almost 20 years have been deficit budgets and these are terminologies that are realities and I think we should acquaint ourselves with if we are not just to report the news but also educate and enlighten the public.You must also be aware that between awarding a contract and also mobilizing to the site there is a big difference .

Firstly, we have to have an agreement that is the relationship between the ministry of works or any other ministry and the ministry of justice, then there is a role that banks also play, they have to give a guarantee.
Building materials – rocks, laterite, quarry, iron rods have to be ordered, construction companies don’t store them.

The process of producing blasting rocks requires approval from the office of ministers of justice and even the office of the NSA to get approval to get dynamite. All of these are the things that goes on. So the point that I am making to you is that there is a significant difference between approval, implementation, actual construction and the result.

The Minister also revealed that there will be a massive mobilization of contractors for rehabilitation of roads as well as continuation of road construction projects across the country when the rains are over

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