In a rather disturbing revelation, Minister of Works, Mr. Mike Onolememen, has said that the lack of political will to carry out the needed reforms in the nation’s road sector has set its development back by about 20 years.
The minister said that the Federal Ministry of Works had in 1996 organised a two-day workshop to consider options for the reform of the road sector, particularly as it related to financing and management. He said this at a forum to consider the Road Sector Reform Bill in Abuja on Friday.
According to him, while most countries in Africa presently have what Nigeria is trying to establish, the ground norm was laid in Abuja in 1996 by the regime of the late General Sanni Abacha. Onolememen said, “But we didn’t develop the political will so as to reap those dividends at the time. If we did, all that we are complaining about in the road sector today will be a thing of the past… In fact, we have lost close to about 20 years in the development of the road sector because of our inability to do the needful at the right time.”