There Are No More Bad Roads In Nigeria- Fashola

As against the claims by Nigerians that the roads are bad, the Minister of Power Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, have refuted the claims stating that the roads just need to be maintained.
In his words, “some of the roads had outlived their design life, some still within their design life, while others were being built.”
Our Roads Are Not Bad They Simply Need Maintainance
He made this known in his keynote address at the United Nations-sponsored capacity building programme for the Federal Road Safety Corps.
The address was made available to newsmen by the ministry of power, works and housing.
According to the address, the minister stated that the roads “were built in the 1970s, and not only have they outlived their design life, they have had to deal with tonnage and capacities well beyond what their design intended. Can such a road be truly expected to stay intact and deliver a pleasant motoring experience?”


“Thankfully, these type of roads are now receiving attention under President Buhari, as the Calabar-Itu-Odukpani, Gombe-Biu, Ilorin-Jebba and other roads that fall within this category are being awarded for reconstruction, along with the third class of roads, which are just being built.”
He explained further stating that the second category of the roads in Nigeria have been overloaded, abused and poorly maintained.
He said, “Members of the public must know that roads are depreciating assets. They do not last forever and require regular maintenance and, with time, replacement, if they are to serve their intended purpose. These factors of abuse and lack of maintenance combine to reduce the quality of our motoring experience on the roads.”
 “With this background, I will now pose the question: How bad are our roads? Some have repeatedly said, ‘All the roads are bad.’ That is not true. We have good parts and bad parts caused by abuse and lack of maintenance.”
Fashola stated that “many citizens, some of whom had not used the roads, readily describe Nigerian roads as a death trap.”
There Are No Bad Roads In Nigeria- FasholaHe said, “I undertook a tour of our roads earlier this year to see things for myself. We went by road and travelled in two buses, driving for at least 12 hours every day. We left at 8 am daily and drove until 8 pm at the least. On one occasion, we drove for 18 hours, from 8 am to 2 am the following day.
“We drove through different sections of roads that had outlived their design life, those that are within their design life with failures in some cases, and those that are currently under construction.”

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