The lawmaker representing Ede-North/Ede-South/Egbedore/Ejigbo Federal Constituency of Osun State, Bamidele Salam, has condemned the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, over his statement on bad roads in Nigeria.
Salam while reacting to the statement, challenged the minister to take a road trip for the next ninety days.
Recall that the former Governor of Lagos State had made this statement after the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday.
“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,” he had told State House correspondents.
The lawmaker in his reaction said, “I found this statement, which had been repeated by the Honourable Minister at least on two previous occasions as a clear indication that some of us in public offices are not, at all, in tune with the horrendous realities of our fellow citizens’ daily experience.”
Salam said to appreciate what Nigerians go through on the bad roads daily stated that it is expected of public office holders to put themselves in the shoes of the average Nigerian and see how they survive daily.
He said, “As a member of the House of Representatives Committee on Works, I will be throwing a road travel challenge to the Honourable Minister and all persons concerned to avoid air travel for all local trips in the next 90 days.”
“If we will agree to this challenge, we may come back with a better appreciation of the true state of our road infrastructure and the desperate things we need to do to save our economy from further disruptions as a result of the burgeoning crisis in the road transportation sector.”