By Toby Prince
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has blamed insurgency and abuses by road users for the nation’s bad roads.
Fashola stated this on Thursday at the 29th Meeting of the National Council on Works in Calabar.
The meeting, themed ‘Infrastructure as the pathway for prosperity,’ attracted permanent secretaries, directors of work, and commissioners of works, among others.
Represented by the Minister of State, Works and Housing, Abubakar Aliyu, Fashola said: “The need to look beyond public budgets and the clamour for other funding sources for road projects are recurring decimals in the literature of Nigerian highways development.
“The challenge of insurgency in some parts of the country, road-users’ abuses like the uncontrollable excessive axle loads by trucks, unauthorised use of federal roads right-of-ways, and many other problems which are begging for solutions can be explored to create a pathway for prosperity.”
The minister also noted that the theme of the meeting “was carefully chosen to address the complex issues of road infrastructure development in our dear country towards proffering tangible solutions, comfortable environment to sustain business and the effects of giving the people back what they actually deserve as citizens of our great nation.”
Continuing, the former Lagos State Governor added: “Our mandate in this meeting is to find new enduring possibilities on how to establish the link between infrastructure development and job creation, poverty alleviation, wealth creation and the empowerment of the informal sector, among others, in ensuring that the 10 million jobs target per annum by Mr President is attained.”