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Decay of infrastructure fault of Jonathan Administration – Lai Mohammed

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed said the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration should not be blamed for the infrastructural deficit in the country.

The Minister stated this on Monday when he featured alongside other guests on the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) programme, “Good Morning Nigeria” which focused on Nigeria at 57.

Mohammed said that the administration was investing massively on roads, power, housing, railway and other critical infrastructure, not leaving out the social well being of the citizens.

He, however, observed that because of the level of decay and abandonment of the infrastructure by the previous administration, the efforts of government might not manifest immediately.

Specifically, Mohammed said that the government was working on the 220-kilometre Enugu to Port Harcourt expressway, as well as other major road networks in the South East.

He said that work was ongoing on the Kano to Maiduguri road, and the Lagos Ibadan expressway to mention but a few.

We do not get to the situation where we get into overnight and we should not expect to get out of it overnight

If you look at what the government inherited and where we are today it is clear that the government has remained focused and the solutions proferred to our challenges are working.

When we came in, the economy was over dependent on oil and today the recovery is being driven by agriculture, mining creative industry and manufacturing which means our diversification programme is working.

It has never happened in the history of the country that a government will spend N1.2 trillion in capital expenditure like the Administration did and we are seeing the positive results have helped us to get out of recession.

The Minister further said:

In 2015, the past administration spent only N18 billion on roads, but in 2016/2017 circle this government spent N260 billion on roads and bridges.

The last administration spent only N5 billion on power, this administration has spent over N90 billion on power. In housing the last administration spent N8 billion while we have spent N70 billion.

The minister said that many contractors had been recalled to the roads projects they abandoned during the previous administration resulting in creating of over 17000 direct jobs and 15000 indirect jobs from roads.

On power, the Minister said that when the administration came in May 2015, only 2690 megawatts was generated but today the country is generating over 7000 megawatts.

He said inflation had been coming down, and the government has revived 12 fertiliser blending companies to boost agriculture.

He urged Nigerians to judge the Administration in contest of what it inherited from previous Administration and where the country is today.

On the clamour for restructuring, the Minister said that the issue has many sides and the focal point must be Constitution amendment through the National Assembly.

Restructuring means different things to different people, and that is why we have the debate that is going on now to collate the various ideas of Nigerians as to what restructuring means in order to know what exactly to do.

To some. restructuring means going back to the former three of four regions, to some it means creation of additional states as was proposed in the 2014 Confab/

To some, restructuring means resource control, to some it means devolution of more power to states while to some it means state police

Let us collate and aggregate what Nigerians mean by restructuring and of course we still need to go back to National Assembly if we want to effect any change in the constitution.

Senator Ahmed Lawan, the Senate Majority Leader who was also a guest on the programme, said the diversification policy of the administration was yielding desired output especially in the area of agriculture.

“It is creating wealth and generating employment and we should continue to support the government on this,” he said.

Speaking on restructuring, the Senator noted that it was wrong for any group to result into blackmail and complaint about marginalisation to drive home any agitation.

Another guest, Emmanuel Odafe said the clamour on marginalisation was about privileged selected few who would continue to manipulate the system and millions of Nigerians to gain undue advantage.

“The elite of the country should stop creating problems in the country.

“All the talks about restructuring is just about the elites positioning themselves for the 2019 elections, they do not really care about the welfare of Nigerians,”he said.

Odafe, however, underscored the need for government to invest in infrastructure, particularly roads across the country which he described as “death trap”

Shonibare Ololade, the Chairman, Conference of Legislative Aides on the other hands advised the government to look into power sharing and resource allocation in addressing the clamour for restructuring.

Specifically he said the government should look into the issues of zoning of political offices, equitable distribution of resources and transition from recycling the old generation of politicians.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

13 Comments

  1. T

    October 2, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Lai…shut up already! Aaargh!

  2. nwa nna

    October 2, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Infrastructure decay is the fault of all previous administrations both civilian and military plus the present administration. Enough with the blaming already, let the Nigerian citizens be the one’s to judge whether or not PMB led administration is doing a great job so far baba liar

  3. Emmy

    October 2, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Like is this foul of a man still on the blame game after how many years of this administration.

  4. Emmy

    October 2, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    fool of a man i mean

  5. Diamond

    October 2, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    Still on the blame game after 2 years? Boy bye, see you in 2019

  6. Moniker

    October 2, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    You can fool some people sometimes, but you can’t fool everyone all the time at the same time.
    These blame game is both sad and irritating. This APC govt. wants to blame PDP for 4yrs and expect to be given another chance.
    Let them stick to opposition, it soothes them best.
    Irresponsible lots.

  7. nene+

    October 2, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    Jonathan spent less yet infrastructure was visible. You have spent more into the pockets of your saintly ministers….and hellgelic APC governors?
    Is Ameachi still here?

    Mr lai did Jonathan rule from 1960- 2015? Na thunder go fire your rotten noisy mouth for thinking we are all stupid. Sick old men!

  8. truth

    October 3, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Apc government that boast of robber Ameachi and thief fashola, is complaining, people have being changing shock of their cars from Ibb era. Hausa gowon first squander our resources in the 70s…..stop trying to make jonathan look bad when u created a bad economy to make apc look like a hero

  9. nene+

    October 3, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Ladies and Gentlemen i like to seize this opportunity to appreciate certain companies in Nigeria. Pespi , Peakmilk and every other company who have chosen to use their message on its advert to unite Nigeria.

    I wept when i watched Peak advert where children dressed in all Nigeria attires sang the national anthem and listened to Pepsi advert. Bia Nwanne mixed with Igbo music in its advert. I heard you loud and clear and so do Nigerians. You communicated peace and all inclusiveness seeking peace and uniting us. I wish you well and may God bless your Companies.

  10. Seriously

    October 3, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Lai Mohammed, your brain is decayed and Jonathan is not to be blamed for it. So APC will spend their whole terms doing blame game. Just do your f*cking job. All they know how to do is complain after the other. The country was broke yet Buhari and his entourage traveled the world and his high medical bills are being paid.

  11. artklub

    October 3, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    These APCs were blaming during 2015 ELECTION. People still voted dem! Buhari should come and debate, he REFUSED – People still voted dem! Buhari, where is your school certificate you need it to qualify to run for election? He didnt bring it! People still voted dem!
    Now WHO’S TO BLAME?!
    Now we too should stop pointing fingers and blaming!
    Put on your big geh pants and take responsibility for VOTING ILLOGICALLY.
    Remembah – You get the Presidoh and ruling party that you deserve!

  12. Somto

    October 3, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Enough off these blame games and implement positive policies and move the country forward. Jeez like who give a hoot!!!!?

  13. josdaily

    October 3, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    How pathetic. 3 years later? Jonthan is not responsible for the downhill road the country has taken since from after Gowon’s reign. Whatever their faults, they built a lot of infrastructure…then came the long lull, then Jakande built the nightmarish schools and housing that are death traps. Right idea terrible implementation. …at least Lagos state was moving in a positive direction. The rest of the country for where.
    New regime, Lagos state govt turned Lagos state around in recent time, some other states like Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi, Cross rive, even Rivers (half hearted ) attempts yet, you dare blame the sins on many on the last regime.

    Not a Goodluck fan but his govt at least had an idea of a vision and how to get there., they also had ‘competent’ thieves and looters too. The only thing this present govt can brag about is complaining and making up stories about their achievements. You are all cut from the same cloth as the GOP here in the US.
    Loud mouthed and Incompetent is your bragging point

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