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Minister Backs Fashola, Says FG Not Responsible For All Roads


The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed has said the federal government is only responsible for major arterial roads.

Naija News recalls that Fashola had said the state of Nigerian roads are been exaggerated as they are not bad as they are portrayed to be.

Fashola said this while addressing the state house correspondents after the federal executive council meeting last Wednesday.

The former Lagos state governor said most road projects in the country would have been completed but for funding challenges.

“The roads are not as bad as they are often portrayed. I know that this is going to be your headline, but the roads are not that bad,” he said.

Speaking to State House correspondents after Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, Ahmed said state and local governments share some of the responsibility to fix Nigerian roads.

She said: “I also want to remind you that for the past two years, we have issued Sukuk bonds. In 2017, it was for the construction of 25 roads. In 2018, 23 roads and there is also another one that is being processed.

“We have a lot of roads in the country but not every road you see is the responsibility of the federal government. The major arterial roads are the ones that are the responsibility of the federal government.

“Majority of the roads in the country are within the purview and responsibility of states as well as local governments.

“Have we done enough? No, not yet, that is why we are trying to do more including raising special funds to make sure that roads and such other infrastructure are being addressed.”

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