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Focus on fixing Nigeria’s deplorable roads not 2023, Bode George counsels Fashola

Focus on fixing Nigeria's deplorable roads not 2023, Bode George counsels Fashola

A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Olabode George has counseled the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola to forget about who becomes President in 2023 and concentrate on how to fix deplorable roads in the country.

George gave the advice in Lagos on Saturday in Lagos in reaction to Fashola’s statement in Ibadan at a town hall meeting.

“Do you know that power is rotating to the South West after the completion of Buhari’s tenure if you vote for him?

“A vote for Buhari in 2019 means a return of power to the South West in 2023. I am sure you will vote wisely, ‘’ Fashola had said.

According to George, roads in the country were begging for attention, calling on Fashola to fix them urgently and stop postulating about 2023.

The one time Ondo State military governor noted that the two major roads leading to the Lagos ports were in a deplorable state and urged the minister to focus on fixing those roads in view of their importance to the economy.

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“Fashola is the Minister of Works. Look at the key major roads from the ports, they are in deplorable state and these roads are the gateway to the nation’s economy.

“It costs a container to be moved from Apapa ports to Tin- Can to Ikeja N1 million. Just one container and that is what it will cost the same container from Shanghai in China to Lagos.

“So the minister needs to fix those roads now instead of postulating about 2023. These roads have not been maintained for years.

“If goods cannot come out fast from the ports, it will affect those who are buying and selling and if things cannot go into the ports for export, how would people make money.

“Fashola should be concerned about fixing these roads before May 2019 because he would come back someday to give account to the people,’’ he said.

 

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