The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, hs said he was misquoted in his comment on the state of federal roads across Nigeria.
Naija News recalls that Fashola had said the state of Nigerian roads are been exaggerated as they are not bad as they are portrayed to be.
Fashola said this while addressing the state house correspondents after the federal executive council meeting last Wednesday.
The former Lagos state governor said most road projects in the country would have been completed but for funding challenges.
“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 said.
The comments by Fashola was condemned by some Nigerians, with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) calling for his resignation.
Speaking over the weekend during his visit to Ondo State to inaugurate some road projects funded by Chief Micheal Ade-Ojo, Fashola said he never used the word ‘exaggerated.’
He said that contrary to insinuations on social media, he had travelled around Nigeria on roads to access the condition of federal roads.
“Let me start from the journey by roads to the 36 states, 12 hours every day, so I know what I saw, and I also said what I wanted to say in that press conference,” Fashola said.
“I didn’t use the word ‘exaggerated’, I didn’t say that and please go listen to what I say, thank you.”
Fashola stated that roads across the country would be fixed based on priority.
The former Lagos State governor added that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government would not refund any state that rehabilitates or reconstructs federal roads.