- Majority of bad federal roads will not be fixed for now due as there is not enough money to do so, according to Senator Abdulfatai Buhari
- The senator said the federal government cannot fund 3,300 roads out of the 3,800 that need to be repaired across the country
- According to Senator Buhari, the N260 billion budgeted for roads in Nigeria can only fix 500 out of the 3,800
Senator Abdulfatai Buhari has said of the 3,800 federal roads identified as requiring attention, only 500 have been captured in the 2020 budget.
The Nation reports that Senator Buhari said due to cash crunch, majority of the bad roads will not be fixed for now.
The senator, who is the chairman of the Senate committee on land transport, said the list of 3,800 roads were presented by the minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), to his committee.
According to him, the Ministry of Works and Housing had the highest figure in the 2020 budget proposal. He said the N262 billion allocated to the ministry is far from what is needed.
He said: “About five days ago, I was with Fashola and we were discussing the state of Nigerian roads.
“He brought out a list of over 3,800 roads, but the available money can only repair 500 roads and they must be spread and not put in a particular section of the country.
“That is what is happening. I can assure you that, it may take some time, but we will reach there.”
The senator noted that many roads across the country are deplorable and needed serious attention but the money is not enough to do the job that is prioritised.
On a statement credited to Fashola that Nigerian roads are not that bad as being portrayed by Nigerians, Senator Buhari said it could not be true.
The minister had been heavily criticised for his statement on the state of federal roads. The Peoples Democratic Party asked him to resign immediately and also tender unreserved apology to Nigerians.
However, Fashola has come out to say he was misquoted. He assured Nigerians that the federal government would fix its bad roads as contained in its priority list.
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