Mr. Babatunde Fashola, The Minister of Power, Works and Housing on Monday at a town-hall meeting in Lagos, explained that bad across the country can only be fixed when the 2016 Budget is passed.
He said, “There is a plan to deal with the road challenge but unfortunately as I speak, there is no budget. Those of us that are tuned to public service will understand that budget is the article of faith, without appropriation, you can’t spend money”.
Fashola further stated that Nigeria lacks enough electricity supply to go round its 170 million population, assuring however that efforts were being made to deliver sustainable power.
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He said, “I will summarise the power issue simply in one word; there is no enough power. Five thousand MW for 170 million people is just not enough. The solution is delivering more power on an incremental and sustained basis”.
He also added that, “As far as roads are concerned, especially for road workers, road transporters and the unions, it is ultimately an index of doing business. The cost of transportation affects how cheaply or expensive food reaches the table, how efficiently services are delivered”.