A group, Yoruba Youth Socio-Cultural Association(YYSA) Worldwide, has called on the Minister for Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, to retract statement made about Nigerian roads and apologize to Nigerians.
This is as they noted, that the statement that ‘Nigerian roads were not that bad as often portrayed’, said by him was false and misleading.
The statement which was signed by the Ogun State Coordinator, Comrade Farouk Olaotan Shitta, noted that the Minister has lost touch with the masses and what an average Nigerian passes through on a daily basis plying Nigerian roads for their lawful activities.
According to him, “YYSA demand retraction of the statement and apology to the Nigerian citizens hence call on Federal Government to ban all Government functionaries, most especially Mr. Babatunde Fashola, from using airlift to locations within Nigerian which road network can reach. That will surely make him feel what average Nigerians feel daily.
“As terrible as our roads are, it has been aiding banditry and kidnapping as those who involved in those crimes take cover around bush on the highways at an impassable spots to unleash attack on innocent people,” he said.
He further stressed that a State of emergency should be declared on roads such as Lagos/Abeokuta Road which now takes up 2 – 3hrs as against 45mns drive before; Sango-Agbado to Berger Road; Oyo -Iseyin road, Oyo State; Biu to Gombe road that took one-and -a -half hours in the past now takes close to 4hrs; Makurdi – Gboko -Katsina Alla -Zaki Biam Road, which links Benue State to Taraba State and the 110 – kilometre-Gusau -Dansadau Road in Zamfara State and so on.