I undertook a tour of Nigerian roads, they’re not as bad as people claim – Fashola

Power, Works and Housing Minister, Babatunde Fashola, on Tuesday refuted claims by many Nigerians that roads in the country are bad.

He said that there are still good and bad parts which are caused by abuse and lack of maintenance.

The minister, who made this claim in his keynote address at the United Nations-sponsored capacity building programme for the Federal Road Safety Corps in Abuja, explained that he made his observation after undertaking a tour of Nigerian roads.

According to Fashola the problem of some of the roads was that they have outlived their design life and should have been replaced and rebuilt, but had not.

Noting that some of the roads were built in the 1970s, he said “not only have they outlived their design life, they have had to deal with tonnage and capacities well beyond what their design intended. Can such a road be truly expected to stay intact and deliver a pleasant motoring experience?

“Thankfully, these types of roads are now receiving attention under President Buhari, as the Calabar-Itu-Odukpani, Gombe-Biu, Ilorin-Jebba and other roads that fall within this category are being awarded for reconstruction, along with the third class of roads, which are just being built.”

On the second category of roads, he said that they have been victims of overloading, right of way abuse, and lack of maintenance.

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