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Infrastructure: PDP Failed S/East, S/South For 16 Years – Information Minister



…Expresses Satisfaction At Work Pace

The minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Thursday, said that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) led-federal government failed the South East and South South geo-political zones for 16 years, as infrastructural projects in the region was absolutely neglected.

Alhaji Mohammed who disclosed this when he inspected the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Enugu-Port Harcourt dual carriage in continuation of his ongoing tour of federal government projects across the country expressed satisfaction at the pace of work in the region and described the PDP as fraudulent.

The minster said the road length of the road construction is 240 kilometres, adding that some of the projects were awarded even before the present administration came into government.

“We should think about how the project benefits the people and not who started it or how it was started.

“No government can finish projects across the country within four years, eight years or even 12 years, so government must learn that Nigerians will remain the same even when government changes,” he said.

The minster said that some politicians in the opposition party who are naysayers have painted the current administration as not doing anything for the south east and south south geo-political zone.

“When we embarked on this road trip, I was informed that until this administration came, they entire lane of the road was completely not motorable.

“In 16 years, what did the PDP do about the Enugu – Port Harcourt road? Everything that we saw today is what this administration achieved, yet some politicians are so fraudulent, they sit in Abuja and accused the present administration of not doing anything for the south east.

“From what you have seen yesterday and today, you will see that this administration has done so much for this zone,” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed said it was glaring that some politicians who are purveyors of fake news are just misinforming the public.

He said: “I am glad that from the feedback we are getting that the people in the south east know what is going on because they know what was going on for 16 years and are also here in the last three years and they have seen the difference.

“We will encourage this kind of visit to other geo political zones of the country to show that this administration is working.”

He, however, called on politicians to come out to make statements of facts on the achievements of the current administration.

“The last two days of this tour have shown the enormity of what the federal government is doing. We spent the last two days visiting the Second Niger Bridge taking us from Enugu to both Onitsha and Asaba end of the construction of the bridge, and we saw that work has not stopped there.

“We also found out that while most people don’t know is because of the alignment. If you are on the Old Niger bridge, you can hardly see what is happenings at the construction site of the Second Niger Bridge. But with what you all saw yesterday, work is progressing on the bridge. On our way back to Enugu yesterday, we saw the various intervention projects of the federal government.

“Today having spent the last four hours together, we have seen the four sections of Enugu to Port Harcourt road and we have seen that work is on-going at every section, and the challenges confronting the engineers are environmental and physical and no body has complained about funding.

“Contrary to what we hear, funding has been very adequate and the federal government is not owing anybody.

“We have seen the challenges and we are very passionate and highly committed to ease traffic on Enugu and Port Harcourt road substantially and we have succeeded in cutting the travel time.

“By this time next year we would have constructed Enugu and Port Harcourt road substantially. this tour is giving you a firmer understanding of who is doing what and where.

“Without infrastructure the economy cannot develop. Nigeria is one country and our governance is more resolute to fund and complete infrastructural projects. Most of the projects embarked upon by this government were abandoned and we continue many of them.

“The landscape remain thesame so we have to be subconscious of the decision at hand to ensure that every project we inherited, we are going to complete,” he added.



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