Jonathan’s so-called transformation a farce — Fashola

Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos

President Goodluck Jonathan’s claims to transformation is a farce, Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola said on Monday.

Mr Fashola, who spoke in Lagos at the Women In Business Conference, said the President has done nothing to merit a second term, describing hiss transformation agenda as a failure.

The governor accused the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), which is anchoring the President’s re-election campaign, of “plotting to ensure that Jonathan returns to power through propagation of false claims.”

Mr. Fashola said he was convinced that Nigeria under the rulership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was not transforming as TAN would want Nigerians to believe through its numerous adverts.

He cited the situation in the power sector where electricity supply has worsened under the present administration.

According to the governor, unemployment in the country has been on the rise, adding that it was unfortunate that Nigeria, a major oil exporter, was depending on importation of all sorts of goods produced abroad to build her economy.

When the price of crude oil stood at a an average of $100 per barrel for almost a decade, he said the PDP-led Federal Government was unable to transform the country.

He therefore wondered how the same government would manage to do better in 2015 with the price of crude oil dropping to about $80 per barrel in recent weeks.

“Where the North East is under siege and the economy has continued to nosedive, the transformation ambassadors have continued to distort the true information that all is well.
“All it takes to cripple our economy is for those countries we sell oil to say they won’t buy from us any longer,” he said.
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He pointed at the recent examples where Nigeria was denied access to arms, saying this was exactly the situation the country has found itself regarding importation of other goods, including refined petroleum products.

In 2010 alone, he said Nigeria spent N2.5trillion importing petroleum productsinto this country, despite the existence of four refineries in Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna.

At the moment, the governor said the country has less money to continue the importation, pointing out that if the country could not pay for fuel importation, the implications were clear to all Nigerians

He predicted that in no distant future, the dreaded long fuel queues would return with its dislocating consequences to the economy.

.“The government is yet to give us power as promised, They are yet to give us fuel, We are yet to see the standard highways they promised. There are so many Nigerians living without electricity.

“Within their transformation period, thousands of people in the North East have been killed, while thousands have turned into refugee in their fatherland, Over 200 girls are still in captivity of insurgents and the North East is still under siege. With all these, the transformation ambassadors are telling Nigerians that all is well,” he stated.

He recalled that in 2011, the Jonathan administration promised to generate 16,000MW by 2013, including harnessing coal opportunity, wind and solar to generate 13,000 MW of electricity, noting that these promises were yet to become a reality for majority of Nigerians


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  • Ken

    Fashola is beginning to talk to Lai Mohammed. As they say, those that live in glass houses should not throw stones. He seems to have forgotten that his media-hyped records in Lagos will soon come under scrutiny.

    • bobby

      That’s for sure. Anyone that doesn’t want his actions or deeds scrutinised is not worthy of his status or achievements. Whether Fashola or GEJ all ve to be scrutinised. I don’t see anything wrong fin what Fashola has said about GEJ at least as a citizen I can see power hasn’t improved, we re still importing refined oil en mass, unemployment is skyrocketing, healthcare is getting substandard day by day. Fashola govt inclusive.

      • Remmybaj

        There are three arms of Government in Nigeria: Federal, States and Local Governments. The States and Local Governments have their roles in which they receive monthly allocations to take care of. The Federal government cannot be totally blamed for unemployment, health care and even power. Fashola should stop being petty, he should use is time to think of how to move the country forward. Fashola may be good but he is surrounded by people who has nothing to offer the country. A tree cannot make a forest.

    • Mr. Abdin

      Mr. Ken hope that you a Nigerian and you cannot to pretend that all is well in the country. The President has fail completely what we need now is some one who has the clues to move this country forward.

  • SharonWonder

    Mr Judge, what have you done for Lagos? is it your toll gate that you and you brother Tinubu are using to extol the people you are governing, if anyone should challenge you, you send military and assasins after them. uhh

    • aladeadekunleoluwaadeshinaola

      there are only two roads tolled in Lagos and you make it look like every road is tolled. Every new road JEG is building will be tolled.

  • ehizofua

    Governor fashola could have earn more respect from well meaning, pragmatic, progressive nigerians. as a SAN and future democrat, if he had been objective in his criticisms against president Goodluck Jonathan. How on earth could governor fashola said President Goodluck Jonathan has not carried out any infrastructural projects in the country. The issue of energy has been there before now, even during the era of Rtd general buhari military government, what effort did buhari now one of APC presidential Aspirants made to solve the problem.what about the Atikus in their party what did they do to solve the issue of electricity and what are they doing to tame boko haram insurgency now?, rather they are overheating the polity with the aim of destabilising the country. President Goodluck Jonathan only.came to power recently and APC, unpatriotic, autocratic in vision and actions,undemocratic, divisive and a propagandist party want president Goodluck Jonathan to solve 40 years of nigerian problems within their own unrealistic time period. President Goodluck Jonathan understand the importance of energy in development of our country and has been working with the private sector to effectuate smooth generation,transmission and distribution of energy in a cost effective manner to nigerian people for household indirect consumption and trade. Governor fashola, whom nigerians taught to be one of the future leaders but now being caged by tinubu should have been more pragmatic in his analysis and criticisms rather than seeking cheap publicity by attacking president Goodluck Jonathan, who means well for nigerian people and country. President Goodluck Jonathan transformation agenda is working, transforming lives and country. Fashola should first sort out his APC problem of imposition of candidates like ambode with his political godfather before attacking president Goodluck Jonathan, public-private partnership economic blueprint of the government that is transforming nigeria. God bless Nigeria.

    • aladeadekunleoluwaadeshinaola

      You didn’t read this write up, he mentioned some of the projects the President promised to deliver but have failed to deliver, many of us always remember the Benin Ore road renovation but have forgotten that the Owerri Port harcourt road and several other road are in very bad shape. We can begin the Lagos -Sokoto road which has been in the pipeline, Epe-Benin-Calabar road etc, new roads that do not exist today. The East _West Road is still a dead trap

  • kwango

    Useless empty gimmick called Transformation that has wiped away the security and freedom of movement that Nigerians used to take for granted under previous administrations. The same government that admits it’s yearly budget performance have been less than 50%, claiming Transformation of Nigeria with less than 26% capital vote. saTANic transformation and black market economic analysis. Followership is not by force.

  • kwango

    During Obasanjo’s regime you can criticise his government like Tinubu, Orji Kalu etc did. But Jonathan’s govt is so mediocre that you don’t even know where to start. You can fight an adult, but with a child like this government, you raise your hand and sigh and pet him to do the right thing promising him sweets and chewing gum as reward. Just last year the present Minister of Education Shekarau lacking words to describe the administration’s incompetence said Jonathan is still learning. How come somebody who was learning last year has performed more than all former presidents?. Negative performance! Airport repainting performance.

  • Frank Bassey

    This is like the kettle calling the pot black. Fashola’s deceptive performance which centres on Island and Mainland has nothing to show in other parts of Lagos. Visit Ikorodu, Badagry, Epe, Agbado … and see if there is anything to show except empowered thugs and extortionists. His sister is heading the Lagos Residents registration agency, his oga, BAT, is cornering the resources of the state …

    • Seun Okunola

      I stay in Ikorodu and there are 3 major road projects embarked on by Fashola. One is done and 2 are about to be comleted. I am not an APC or Fashola fan but lets talk facts when critisizing.

    • pheliciti

      Have you observed that despite the volume of rain in Lagos this year, fewer place were flooded compared to previous years?

  • Ademola

    It’s sickening when people just mumble words together so that they would be seen to have said something.When things are bad,let’s say things are bad.when they are good let’s commend.Things are in pretty bad shape in Nigeria at the moment except we ain’t truthful.We are too emotion minded! all sentiment and talk. There is massive corruption(or is it stealing?), injustice,inequality, underdevelopment name it.As a country,is this where we should be with all the petro-dollars available? Just the other day,the speakers security was withdrawn just because he defected.!! In other climes is that even possible??? If the president defects to another party,would his security too be withdrawn? Are we serious at all in this country? If we keep celebrating mediocrity we would not only remain stagnant….we would soon be forgotten!

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  • Truth Hurts

    This write up makes no sense. Can i have my time back?