The immediate past Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria, Bayo Onanuga, has challenged the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola to travel on some of the Federal roads in the country to see how bad they are.
Reacting to the statement made by Mr Fashola that Nigerian roads are not that bad, Mr Onanuga, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress(APC), said he was puzzled whether the minister traveled on the roads that he was supposed to take care of.
He suggested that the former Lagos State governor make his phone number and email address available to Nigerians, stressing that he would be shocked how he would be “inundated by complaints about the parlous state of our many critical roads in all the geographical zones.”
“Travelling from Lagos to Abuja for instance is hell. Fashola should ask NTA cameramen to follow the route, to and fro and he will be palpably shocked.
Minna to Abuja is so close. Let Fashola and his officials go on a visit to IBB and Abdulsalami at the Hill Top.
“Ore-Benin has gone bad again. People are complaining everyday and everywhere about the poor state of the roads.
“I am from Ijebu-Ode, just 100kms from Lagos. In almost one year, I have not been to my town, because going from Lekki is now unthinkable because of the bad roads, even from Lekki to Epe. Epe to Ijebu-Ode is horrible. Epe to Ketu is equally horrible and Ketu to Omu-Ijebu-Ode is bad.
“Worst of all, If I decided to go through Ketu-Itoikin-Ijebu-Ode, I will need to buy a new car. All these roads are, unfortunately, Federal Roads,” he said.
Mr Onanuga, equally challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to frequently travel on Nigerian roads and order his ministers to stop flying within the country “to really understand the dilapidation of the roads and why the N260b capital budget for 2020 is simply laughable.”