The Rivers state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has appealed to the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), to urgently turn his attention to the Port Harcourt-Enugu Express Road, which has become a death trap to commuters.
The SOS was contained in a congratulatory message by the Rivers APC signed by the Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya.
The party said in a statement issued on Wednesday in Port Harcourt that “The news of the appointment of Babatunde Fashola, SAN, erstwhile Governor of Lagos State, as a Super Minister of Works, Power and Housing did not come to us as a surprise because we are well aware of his credentials as an achiever who turned around the infrastructural fortunes of Lagos for the better. With this appointment, President Muhammadu Buhari has not only demonstrated his foresight and deep knowledge of the capabilities of his ministers but has also demonstrated that he is truly desirous to bring the much desired change to Nigeria and Nigerians.”
The statement further stated that: “Federal roads across the country are now death traps sending Nigerians to their early graves. Perhaps the worst of these roads is the Port Harcourt-Enugu Expressway, which was deliberately allowed to decay by the immediate past Federal Government under the watch of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan just to punish the people of Rivers State for stoutly opposing his second term bid.”
APC consequently pleaded with Fashola to make the fixing of the Port Harcourt-Enugu Express Road and completion of the East – West Road as a top priority.
The statement noted that while Fashola has been given an assignment which no one should envy, he is equal to the task because he thrives more in difficult circumstances.
“Our dear Minister, if you are to better understand the death traps bequeathed to Nigerians as federal roads by the PDP through Dr. Jonathan’s administration, you have to henceforth ban yourself from flying any aircraft except on emergencies. This is necessary if you are to better appreciate the enormous task in your hands and be sufficiently moved to act fast to save Nigerians from the carnage that takes place on most of the federal roads on a daily basis.”
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