Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture has made some interesting revelations. Hear him… “People are complaining of no money and high cost of living, but I want to tell you that it would have been worse today, but for the massive infrastructural development this government is investing on.”
“When people make these complaints, they easily forget that for 16 years, one political party was in power, sharing money when the road at Tatabu village near Mokwa in Niger State became completely failed.
“APC, in three years, has fixed this road to this level. I think it speaks for itself. Before now, it would take about five days for trucks to move from Ilorin to Jebba. Today, it takes only two hours. Today, on this road, you can see free movement of goods and services which is the beginning of revival of the economy.”
“We are not a government that will share money like what others did which put the country in a mess. This government believes in investing in infrastructure because if you get this right, it will translate to wealth creation.”
“Let us take for instance: if this road contract costs N10 billion and we share it to political stooges in this area at N1 million each, we will only give 1,000 people and there will be no road.”
“On the long run, those that we shared the money to will join in abusing the government for non-performance. On our part, we will rather slowly and painstakingly revive our economy through infrastructural development and we have a lot of stories to tell on this”.
“This matter came up at the last Federal Executive Council meeting and we agreed that, not all roads could be tolled. The idea of tolling roads is to recoup the expenses on the construction and make them sustainable. A study is being compiled, and at the end of it, it will be decided on what roads to toll and which not.”