No new Nigeria roads until existing projects are completed – Fashola

Babatunde Fashola

The Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has stated that his ministry will not award any new contract for the construction or rehabilitation of federal roads until existing ones are completed.

Mr. Fashola said past administrations in Nigeria awarded contracts for 206 roads at about N2 trillion naira, which were mostly unpaid for.

He was responding to questions from State House correspondents on Wednesday at the end of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council. He spoke on the terrible state of some roads within the Federal Capital and the reason his ministry appears to be more interested in the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Mr. Fashola said the roads went bad at a time when there were resources but the governments of the time refused to fix them.

“What we have done was first to say that we would not award any new road contract,” he said. “We would deal with the over 206 roads that have been awarded but not funded for over three years.”

Mr. Fashola also said because of the limited resources available to his ministry, road projects have to be prioritized.

Lagos-Ibadan Expressway
Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

He said the Lagos-Ibadan expressway is a very important road for the whole country and carries the heaviest traffic.

“Now the budget that we have for the three ministries that I superintend is in the region of N400 plus billion and over 200 billion is dedicated to roads across the country.

“So that is the deficit that we have to deal with and in making those choices we then have to deal not with roads that necessarily border us but roads that carry the heaviest traffic,” he said.

He said attention is being given to roads that have economic significance for the country such as routes for the evacuation of fuel and food produce going to the different parts of the country.

The minister also disclosed that the council approved the purchase of three transformers of 150 MVA to be installed in sub-stations of Shiroro in Niger, Osogbo in Osun and Kumbotso in Kano as requested by the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN.

Mr. Fashola, who did not mention the cost of the transformers, said the purpose of the purchase which overrides the cost implication is to “continue to reinforce, expand and maintain the existing transmission capacity so that as the progress of our incremental power initiative expands and achieves its purpose, transmission company is able to competently deliver the power.”


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  • Eko O ni baje O!

    Premium Times Editor,

    Criminal case against Raji Fashola..

    Raji Fashola is a sore on the face of Nigeria; an incompetent, inarticulate and clueless fellow
    with low intelligence quotient but who despite his obvious flaws – including inability to reason
    properly by planting grass for 1.2 billion Naira without equipping any school in Lagos with
    any laboratory; thus forfeiting the future of Lagos state as a hopeless territory condemned
    to living on dole as a totally illiterate society.

    He then went ahead and proved his entire home training in the public space
    by going to court between the years 2013 and 2014 to OPPOSE ACCOUNTABILITY
    when asked by both J.K Randle and the SERAP civil rights organizations to disclose
    the public accounts of Lagos state.

    Raji Fashola refused throughout his most roguish and thievish regime
    of eight [8] years to tender Lagos state public account until two days to
    handover on May 29th, 2015. Prima facie, Raji Fashola showed up
    insane THEFT of eight hundred (800) billion Naira over eight years.
    Promptly the anti-corruption ICPC agency declared Raji Fashola
    wanted on 3rd September 2015. He was en route a prison cell
    for investigation. But President Buhari coyly intervened and
    announced Raji Fashola on 23rd September, to crookedly
    stay the hands of the ICPC from hauling him into detention.

    • oxtail chamberlain

      WHY DID PRESIDENT BUHARI ANNOUNCE RAJI FASHOLA AS A MINISTER,

      20 DAYS AFTER THE ICPC DECLARED RAJI FASHOLA WANTED FOR CRIMINAL

      INVESTIGATION – IS THAT HOW BUHARI FIGHTS CORRUPTION IN NIGERIA NOW?

      PLEASE O, THAT IS A BIG INSULT TO ALL NIGERIANS – LIKE AIDING AND ABETTING.

      • No Comment

        “Mr. Akin Ambode, the new governor of Lagos state, has revoked the
        self-allocation of over 25 plots [in Lekki] by his predecessor, Raji Fashola,
        in his final days in office. A female newscaster with a Lagos-based TV station
        was one of the beneficiaries, TheCable learnt. The land was officially parceled
        into 25 plots and shared by Raji Fashola who went on to sign the certificates
        of occupancy on May 26, three days to his exit from office. Most of the plots,
        were allocated by Raji Fashola to his own relatives, friends, aides and associates
        — including Yewande Animashaun; his cousin who also served as his special
        adviser on public health, and Wale Ahmed; who served as his commissioner for
        special duties.”

  • IGBINI EMMANUEL

    Hon. Minister Fashola, with due respect to you I do not completely agree with your proposed plans for Nigerian Roads.

    While I agree that we must prioritise our Roads in view of paucity of funds but if we do the right thing with the right approach and with wise counsel from few Nigerians who have tract records of great successes and achievements in management of Road Construction, Rehabilitation and Maintenance Ministries or Agency, Nigeria will achieve much more on Roads and number of roads to be constructed, maintained and rehabilitated across the Country.

    To achieve this, we must first eschew politics and partisan political considerations. Second, we must be very prudent in management of the limited funds available to the Ministry. By this I mean there should be no inflation of cost of contracts, embezzlement of funds and other unpatriotic acts in the awards and execution of the Road projects.

    I assure you that with that meagre N200 billion we will achieve so much. I speak from point of knowledge and experience having headed and managed as Director General a Delta State Government Direct Labour Agency (DLA) charged with responsibility for Construction, Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Roads.

    I am willing and ready to share my experience and knowledge with you for free. I don’t need a Kobo or appointment from you. I do this only for Love of Country so that our dear Nigeria must rise again.

    GOD bless Nigeria. Amen

    • Benny Hills

      Did Fashola tell you that government is awarding new road contracts? Why then are you talking about cost of constructing the roads, when all what Fashola is doing is completing contracts that have been signed and abandoned? If Fashola is interested in stealing your money, won’t he rather go for awarding contracts for new roads—like it was being done under your watch as a DG in Delta state?

  • ayobamiba

    After all the noise by team buhari of investment in infrastructure, the total investment package for power,roads and housing after 2 years of buharitsunami is 400 billion according to fashola.hmmmm,this Lagos Ibadan alone is worth 160 b ,how then is buhari going to bring the eldorado he promised Nigeria. This buhari government is a big scam, Nigeria is in for a tortuous journey to nowhere. Recall that 500 b was primed by buhari for sharing to almajiri imbeciles under the guise of the so called cash transfare by buhari in 2016 scam budget. Buhari is a disaster to Nigeria, buhari is a draw back on Nigeria, buhari is a big hindrance to the development of Nigeria. May God punish all those who forced this calamity of a government on Nigeria.2019 is the year of freedom for Nigeria whether the crooks in buharis inec likes it or not.

    • Ola

      With due respect, you need to go and understand governance, i mean how governance is being run. The Minister said, N400b allocated to his ministries in 2016 budget. Mean while work is a continuous process. it means the available money with shared to those identified projects so by 2017 budget, another money will be allocated as well until those project are completed. For instance, Lagos-Ibadan, agreed is N160b, did you expected such an elephant project to be completed in a year? NO. Go and read the details of this year budget, it was stated that Lagos-Ibadan N50b, Ilorin-Jebba N6b, 2nd Niger bridge N11b, Oshodi-Apapa N5b so so so and so across the country. Now tell me why you are calling Buhari government a scam. Thanks

      • Mophasa

        Don’t mind them… It’s a pity most people jes wanna criticize without knowing the exact situation of what they are trying to criticize..its the fault of social media that provides a platform for morons to write there shitty things… I believe in fashola.

  • Eko O ni baje O!

    @ayobamiba:disqus

    Raji Fashola is too corrupt to roam the street

    Raji Fashola is a sore on the face of Nigeria; an incompetent, inarticulate and clueless fellow
    with low intelligence quotient but who despite his obvious flaws – including inability to reason
    properly by planting grass for 1.2 billion Naira without equipping any school in Lagos with
    any laboratory; forfeited the future of Lagos state as a hopeless territory condemned
    to living on dole as a totally illiterate society.

    Fashola then went ahead and proved his entire home training in the public space
    by going to court between the years 2013 and 2014 to OPPOSE ACCOUNTABILITY
    when asked by both J.K Randle and the SERAP civil rights organizations to disclose
    the public accounts of Lagos state.

    Raji Fashola refused throughout his most roguish and thievish regime of eight [8] years
    to tender Lagos state public account, until two days to handover on May 29th, 2015.
    Prima facie, Fashola’s accounts showed up insane THEFT of eight hundred
    (800) billion Naira over eight years.

    Promptly the anti-corruption ICPC agency declared Raji Fashola wanted on 3rd September 2015.
    He was en route a prison cell for investigation. President Buhari immediately coyly intervened and
    announced Raji Fashola as Minister on the 23rd of September, to stay the hands of the ICPC from
    hauling Fashola into prison detention.