The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, SAN, insisted on Wednesday that Nigerian roads were not that bad as often portrayed.
Speaking shortly after the Federal Executive Council meeting, he said reports on the poor state of the country’s roads were mere hypes.
The FEC meeting, which was presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, approved N58.4billion for the construction of Bida-Sachi-Nupeko road and the Nupeko-Patigi Bridge across River Niger, linking Nupeko and Patigi in Niger and Kwara states.
Fashola also stated that some parts of the country faced peculiar issues like high water table, which made construction in the rainy season difficult.
He mentioned the South-East and the South-South are among areas with such difficulties.
The minister added that the ministry and contractors were waiting patiently for the rain to subside so that they could return to sites.
Meanwhile the Chairman, Infrastructure Development Committee, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Ibrahim Usman, who reacted to Fashola’s assessment of Nigerian roads, stated that Nigerian roads are very bad.