Second Republic Senator, Ayo Fasanmi yesterday tasked the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), to ensure the completion of the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway rehabilitation.
Describing the road as the busiest in the country, the octogenarian said the 126.5-kilometre road is very important to the nation’s economic interests.
Fasanmi, an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for assigning ministers from the Southwest to challenging portfolios, assuring that they will deliver.
The elder statesman, who was reacting to the assignment of portfolios to the ministers on Wednesday by President Buhari, said Fashola, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the Minister of Solid Minerals, and his Heath, Communications and Finance counterparts; Prof. Isaac Adewole, Barr. Adebayo Shittu and Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, will live up to expectation as change agents.
Urging Fashola to fight the infrastructure battle nationwide, he said his antecedent as former governor of Lagos State, where he was widely acknowledged as performing creditably well, motivated the president to give him the arduous tasks.
He said: “Lagos/Ibadan Expressway is a challenge for Buhari and his team. The Minister of Works is up to the task. In fact, our ministers from the Southwest – Fayemi, Shittu, Adewole, Adeosun and Daramola, are great assets. The region has confidence in their ability. They have performed in positions of responsibilities before as governors, administrators and politicians.
“For example, Fahsola is a man after my heart; hardworking, unassuming. He deserves the portfolios, having raised the level of governance in Lagos to a high pedestal. These ministers will actually change, perform and excel”.
Fasanmi also pleaded with Nigerians to give the Buhari administration the necessary support to bring about the much desired change.