“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.” – Fashola
The Minister of Works and Housing after the Federal Executive Meeting spoke with newsmen, stating that the major challenge faced in the construction and completion of road projects is funding.
Among other things the minister mentioned the budget deficit status of the country for the past two decades as a contributing factor to the slow state of development of Nigerian roads.
“You are also mindful that the 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 the public.” – Fashola
He also mentioned the protocols needed to observed before an awarded contract can become a project in actuality. The Minister was quoted to say,
“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 go on. So the point that I am making to you is that there is a distance between approval, implementation, actual construction and the result.”