Many people have been shocked by a recent public statement of Babatunde Raji Fashola, the current Minister of Works & Housing as he claims that citizens have been over-exaggerating the condition of Nigerian roads.
Babatunde Raji Fashola, the current Minister of Works & Housing believes Nigerian roads are not as bad as people think
While speaking about Nigerian roads to correspondents of the State House moments after an FEC (Federal Executive Council) meeting on Wednesday 6th of November 2019, Fashola said;
“The roads are not as bad as they are often portrayed. I know that this is going to be your headline, but the roads are not that bad,”
>>> Not long ago, he had this statement: Fashola: reckless driving causes accidents, not bad roads
There are clearly more bad roads than good or manageable ones in Nigeria if a proper survey is done
Even though the Fashola further explained how so many pressing issues have always handicapped his Ministry from fully executing road repairs and related projects, his statement still comes as a shock. Any Nigerian citizen that travels by road regularly will outrightly disapprove the Fashola’s statement because bad roads are one of the major problems Nigeria has been faced with for ages now even in big cities like Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.
When being asked about the progress of road repairs, the Minister implies heavy rainfalls obstruct the work, so they will wait till Harmattan season to commence massive road repairs across the country.
“So what we experienced this year is unusual, it’s not a good time to be in the transport system. We also want this season to quickly end so that we can go back to work during the dry weather.”
In 2018, Nigeria ranks 133 out of 140 surveyed countries in terms of road quality. And of course we didn't make it to the top 30 African countries with best roads while there're 38 African nations in total. We ranked 33rd in our continent, guys!
What about this year? Let's check in the table below!
In a list of 141 world nations, Nigerian roads ranked 131st globally with a woeful 2.50 rating which is way below average