The Minister of State for Works, Mr Adebayo Adeyeye on Monday said President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration has recorded much more success in the provision of motorable roads than any other administration in the history of Nigeria.
“Under President Goodluck Jonathan we have made considerable progress in the road sector more than any of the governments that have administered this country.
“In 2011, we had about 4,500 kilometres of fairly motorable roads. Today I can say we have about 25, 000 kilometres of very good and very motorable roads” adding that “our attention is to continue to improve”, he said.
He also noted that new materials are being used by the contractors to improve the longevity of the roads “and when that is applied, we will have roads that will not only be able to withstand more load but have considerably greater longevity.
Mr Adeyeye expressed confidence that road contractors will deliver the newly constructed and reconstructed roads by the expected time of completion agree upon award of the contracts and urged Nigerians to exercise patience.
Speaking as a guest on Sunrise Daily, the Minister said the contractors have been fully funded adding that the federal government is pleased with the work they have done so far.
He appealed to Nigerians to exercise patience as the yuletide approaches, noting that “by this December, the contractors are going to ensure that they put in some palliative measures to ease traffic and make commuters have a less strenuous time on the road”
He said Nigerians are beginning to feel the impact of this progress made in the construction of the roads, adding that transport fares have been reduced by transportation companies who spend less to maintain their vehicles.
He listed the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Benin-Ore Expressway, Lokoja-Abuja Expressway amongst many other federal highways that presently being re-constructed with the new materials that will ensure longevity of the roads.