A member of the House of Representatives Femi Bamisile has faulted the Minister of Works and House Babatunde Fashola over a statement on Nigerian roads.
Concise News reported that Fashola during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday, had claimed that Nigerian roads are not as bad as they are being portrayed.
The statement had generated backlash from Nigerians who claimed he does not travel by road to know the situation on the ground.
During an inspection tour of a collapsed bridge along Aramoko-Erio-Efon in Erio -Ekiti, Bamisile who is the Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Federal Road Maintenance Agency(FERMA), lamented that Nigerian roads are bad.
According to him, the Federal Government should release N12 billion to the agency to fix some roads before the Yuletide.
He asked Fashola to get first-hand information on the condition of roads in the country before claiming Nigerian highways are not bad.
“As a minimum, a sum of N2b for each geopolitical zone to FERMA will go a long way in helping us carry out major repairs on our bad roads,” the lawmaker said.
“The situations of our federal roads are bad and pathetic and our people don’t deserve this. The federal government must allow the states to attend to them to rescue our people and save them from pains.”
He added: “I don’t know where the Minister got that information from. Our roads are bad and in sorry states and nothing more to describe it.
“Just take a look at this collapsed portion, it can contain a whole house if dropped inside.
“I want to believe that whoever says people’s complaints about our roads are mere hype must either downplaying the situation or maybe the person doesn’t ply our roads at all.
“I saw a documentary about federal roads in Anambra state recently. In fact, I saw a road that had totally cut off. The Minister must accept the reality that our roads need serious attention.”