By EMMANUEL AZIKEN
LAGOS—The Lagos State chapter of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, has described as wicked and petty, alleged attempt to portray Governor Babatunde Fashola as a failure in the area of road rehabilitation.
Noting the reported posting of Lagos bad roads on the internet by critics, ACN said such action was unmindful of the great strides of the administration in the rehabilitation of Lagos roads.
The state Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, in a statement in Lagos, boasted that there was no area of Lagos that cannot boast of a new road in the past four years.
He said: “We note that sometimes, some of these bad roads being posted on the internet just to ridicule the Lagos State Government are federal roads and state government finds it difficult, if not impossible, to work on federal roads without clearance from the Federal Government.
”For instance, for close to 10 years now, the Lagos State Government has been asking the Federal Government to hands off Lagos Airport Road for rehabilitation and all to no avail. Recently also officials of Ondo State Government rehabilitating bad portions of Ore-Benin Expressway were chased away by officials from Federal Ministry of Works.”
The party says while the government of ACN in Lagos cannot build all the roads in Lagos in one fell swoop, the hardworking and committed governor was handling the road issue one by one, adding “it may take years to build all roads in Lagos but surely, we will get there.
“We note also that there is no area in Lagos that cannot boast of at least one new road in the past four years. We believe that people are free to express themselves in a democracy but such freedom should not be used to deceive the public. We hold the view that it would have been nice for those posting these pictures to show balanced reporting by showing many of the newly constructed roads in the metropolis at least in the past four years, placing them side by side with the bad roads so that the people will know better.
“We urge Lagosians and Nigerians to continue to support Governor Fashola as he continue to show leadership in Nigeria. Governor Fashola means business in carrying out his duties as a Governor and his huge legacies in the past four years are there in the open for all eyes to see,” he added.