by Kayode Awojobi.
Not up to 24hrs after the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola made a statement that “Nigeria roads are not as bad as portrayed”, reactions have set the internet haywire as Nigerians have started challenging his submission.
While reacting, a Twitter user known as Henry Shield stated that ” I volunteer to take @tundefashola on a road trip throughout Nigeria with cameramen & all the media coverage needed. Bill on me Honorable Minister Sir.” Another user, Ségun Oladejo connotes that “I bet Fashola to take Lagos to Ilorin road in a public transport. That time we will know if Nigeria road is bad or not”
In his own view, Stephen Osazuwa on Twitter stated that “How is he supposed to know? Does he ply any of those roads? His primary route which is Lag-Abj, he does via air, so what is he talking about.
Fashola has now developed a reputation for talking nonsense and outright rubbish all the time.
Amidst other reactions is that of a house of representatives member representing Ede federal constituency where he said ” “I found this statement, which had been repeated by the Hon Minister at least on two previous occasions as a clear indication that some of us in public offices are not at all in tune with the horrendous realities of our fellow citizens daily experience. As a member of the House of Representatives committee on Works, I will be throwing a road travel challenge to the Hon Minister and all persons concerned to avoid air travel for all local trips in the next 90 days! If we will agree to this challenge, we may come back with a better appreciation of the true state of our road infrastructure and the desperate things we need to do to save our economy from further disruptions as a result of the burgeoning crisis in the road transportation sector! Over to the Hon Minister,” he further stressed.
Earlier, Babatunde Fashola while addressing state house correspondents on Wednesday after the federal executive council meeting, said most road projects in the country would have been completed but for funding challenges.
In his words, “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 concluded.