The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said the 2019 re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government will be very easy.
The minister stated this on Tuesday in Oyo while inspecting the 52-kilometre dualised Oyo-Ogbomosho road project under construction by Reynold Construction Company (RCC)
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the N47.5 billion project is the section two of the entire Ibadan-Ilorin road ‘dualisation’ project.
Section one of the road construction project, which is Ibadan-Oyo, as well as section three which is Ogbomoso-Ilorin, had been completed
Addressing reporters at the construction site, Mr Mohammed said the administration “is so confident of its re-election in 2019 because of what are being delivered in terms of infrastructure and social welfare.
“The proper and easy ways you can get the electorate to vote for you are by keeping your promises to them, delivering on your promises and embarking on projects which touch their lives.
“Either in term of infrastructure or social interventions, we are working every day for the people. We are working for the common man in this country.
“As of today, we feed 8.2 million children in public primary schools all over Nigeria.
“In the process, we engaged 7000 cooks and the feeding programme in about 24 states covered 62,000 Primary schools.
“These are what we are doing and that is why we are so confident that our re-election will be easy,” he said.
The minister said the administration would not engage in ”banters with critics but will continue to showcase its achievements for people to see and make conclusions”.
On the road project which the contractor said was 52 per cent completed, the minister gave an assurance that funding would no longer be the constraint to its timely completion.
“Funding will no longer be a challenge to many of our critical road projects.
“This is because the N191 billion presidential intervention fund has been put in place and critical roads like this will benefit from the funding,” he said.
Mr Mohammed said people were not able to see and appreciate the level of work done on the Oyo-Ogbomosho road project because it was constructed along Oyo town by-pass
“You need to come here to see the amount of work that is going on. I am happy that it is not a paper project, we have been told by the contractor that it is 52 per cent completed.
“I am very confident that we are not going to encounter any funding challenge,” he said.
He said the project was being financed from the N100 billion Sukuk loan secured by the Federal Government
“We took the Sukuk loan of N100billion which was divided into six equal parts each for the geopolitical zones.
“We decided in the south-west zone that the Oyo-Ogbomosho road should benefit from our own part of Sukuk.
“That is why we are able to get the contractor back on site to complete the project,” he said.