The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, has appealed to the Minister of Works, Housing and Power, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, to urgently turn his attention to the Port Harcourt-Enugu Express Road, which it said has become a death trap and a disgrace to Nigeria.
The party noted that while the importance of power in creating a strong economy and reducing the worrisome unemployment and crime rates in the country cannot be over-emphasised and the crisis in the housing also deserves attention, a greater emergency exists in the area of roads.
Chairman of APC in the state, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, made the appeal in a statement issued in Port Harcourt, the state capital, 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.
Ikanya said, “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 third term bid.
“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.”
While congratulating Fahola on his appointment as Minister, the APC chairman noted the former Lagos State Governor has been given an assignment which no one should envy, as he is equal to the task because he thrives more in difficult circumstances.
He said, “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. We therefore congratulate Mr. Fashola and wish him the wisdom and strength to turn around Nigeria’s fortunes in the areas of Power, Works and Housing.”