The minister said the Lagos governor virtually has nothing to do.
The Minster of Information, Labran Maku, on Monday at the kick-off of the 2013 ministerial platform in Abuja said Lagos is the luckiest of all the 36 states in Nigeria as it has benefitted so much from the Federal Government’s Infrastructure.
Mr. Maku said apart from Lagos, Edo is another state that has benefitted a lot from federal infrastructure.
The minister said Edo is benefitting entirely from federal roads while the Logos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, has nothing significant to do in his state than mostly environmental and traffic maintenance.
Lagos and Edo are both controlled by the opposition Action Congress of Nigeria. The governors of the two states, Mr. Fashola and Adams Oshiomhole, respectively, were also very critical of the Nigeria Good Governance Tour (NGGT) initiated by Mr. Maku to monitor state and federal government projects across Nigeria.
Both governors and several Nigerians including Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, described the tour as unnecessary and a waste of funds.
“Edo State is benefitting entirely from federal roads, at the NGGT in Edo I could not recognize roads from my youth service days in the ‘80s, you could put your mat on the roads and sleep on it; all federal roads,” Mr. Maku said.
“Lagos too rests on federal infrastructure, the governor of Lagos has nothing significant to do aside environmental sanitation; Lagos state is the Luckiest state, even the BRT lanes are on federal government roads,” Mr. Maku added.
He also emphasized his earlier claims that the just concluded Nigeria Good Governance Tour by his ministry was not a lone party tour but involved all the political parties in the country as it was an initiative accepted by all the governors of the 36 states of Nigeria.
He called on all Nigerians, supporters and critics, to be open minded to the Jonathan administration; stating that the administration is on the path of national transformation and has nothing to hide.
The day’s event, which entertained scorecards from the Ministries of Transport and Works, revealed successes in various projects and in both ministry.
The Minister of Transport, Idris Umar, said that the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is collaborating with Nigerian Navy to check criminal activities on the nation’s waterways. While NIMASA makes provision for logistics, the Navy provides security and arms needed to secure the waterways.
The Minister of works, Mike Onolememen, revealed that 32 road projects have so far been completed. He said that efforts were being made towards enforcing a transport policy in the country.
He explained that no work has been done by the Ministry of Works on the Abuja – Keffi Road, which has been a major concern for most people working in the Nigerian capital, because the Abuja ministry is expected to provide additional access into Abuja.
He also said that construction of access roads to the four refineries in the country were in progress. He said the access to Warri refinery was 100 per cent complete, while others were under construction.