The Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen has described President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration as the best thing that has ever happened to Nigeria’s road sector in the past 20 years and cited instances to back up his claim.
Briefing State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting yesterday in Abuja, which was chaired by Vice-President Namadi Sambo, Mr. Onolememen disclosed that government was planning more roads to ease traffic flow into and out of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
He said the government was looking at the creation of bypasses to link the FCT with neighbouring states.
“Essentially, we are going to have ring roads, like semi circular ring roads that will act as a collector road and move people away from these expressways to different points in the Federal Capital (Territory) city.”
According to him, the road sector under the two years of President Jonathan’s administration has had the best of attention.
He said the road sector had never had it so good in the past 20 years than what the nation was witnessing since the advent of the President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
“In two years, we have recorded a massive rehabilitation of arterial roads across the country, a number of abandoned projects were revived and many of them have been completed.
“A point in case is the Onitsha-Owerri expressway.
“That is why, when you move to the South East of Nigeria today, all the erosion ravaged city scrapes that you are used to seeing are no more there. We have completely recovered all that.
“Not only there, in fact the intractable problem we used to have along the Ore Ofosu road, on Benin Ore road (that) have been tackled, the Vom-Manchok road in Plateau has been completed, the section one of the Gombe-Numan road has been completed, Uba-Umbala road in Borno state has been completed, quite a number of road alignments across the country have been completed these past two years,” the minister told State House correspondents.