The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola while addressing state house correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting on November 6, said Nigerian roads were not as bad as they were portrayed to be.
The Wednesday meeting was presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
“I know that this (discussion) is going to be your headline, but the roads are not that bad.
“For me, the reports on the poor state of the roads are mere hype and nothing more,” Fashola was quoted as saying.
The Minister specifically mentioned the Warri-Sapele-Benin road as one that has been over dramatized. Some Nigerians, however, trooped to social media to dispute the minister’s claims by uploading pictures showing the bad states of roads across the country.
However, reacting weekend in Ilara- Mokin, Ondo state, while inaugurating some roads financed by Michael Ade-Ojo, Fashola said his comment was taken out of context.
“Let me start from the journey by roads to the 36 states, 12 hours everyday, so I know what I saw, and I also said what I wanted to say in that press conference, and thankfully, I must thank your TV Channels, at least, showing the maturity and the professionalism responsibility to play the whole tape, so people can see the context of what I said,” he said.
“I didn’t use the word ‘exaggerated’, I didn’t say that. Please go and listen to what I said, thank you.”
Warri is an oil city in Delta state in south-south Nigeria and houses an annex of the Delta State Government House. The city also houses a refinery and oil depots. The Warri-Sapele-Benin road is always busy, which is used by commercial vehicles going to Benin, Asaba, Lagos, and Ughelli.
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Ripples Nigeria’s KELECHUKWU IRUOMA took a tour of the much-talked-about Benin-Warri Road, passing through Sapele to capture on camera the state of the road.
Some sections of the road are not motorable. The Adeje road is mostly affected. Though the contract to rehabilitate the road has been awarded, only one section of the road has been done while work is ongoing on the other lane.
When it rains, vehicles struggle to use the road. They rather use the community road, which has also been damaged.
Our findings speak to the hellish experience commuters go through, and the unceasing lamentations by road transport companies who daily incur huge losses arising from frequent breakdown of fleets and accidents.