8th September, 2011
The Lagos ACN has cautioned those who have formed the habit of picking bad roads in the metropolis and post on the internet and other social media to give the impression that Governor Fashola does not care about fixing roads in Lagos.
In a release signed by the state Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, the party says it is wickedness, unrealistic, inconsequential, petty and cosmetic for anybody to descend so low as to deceive the public and the world that Governor Fashola neglects roads in Lagos even when it is crystal clear that he has made monumental investment in roads in almost every area in Lagos in the past four years.
â€œWe note that sometimes some of these bad roads being posted on the internet just to ridicule the Lagos State Government are federal roads and state government finds it difficult if not impossible to work on federal roads without clearance from the Federal Government. For instance, for close to 10 years now, the Lagos state government has been asking the Federal Government to hands off the Lagos Airport Road for rehabilitation and all to no avail. Recently also officials of Ondo state government rehabilitating bad portions of Ore-Benin Expressway were chased away by federal officials from Federal Ministry of Works.â€
The party says while the government of ACN Lagos cannot build all the roads in Lagos in one fell swoop, the hardworking and committed governor is handling the road issue one by one. â€œIt may take years to build all roads in Lagos but surely we will get thereâ€
Igbokwe added: â€œWe note also that there is no area in Lagos that cannot boast of at least one new road in the past four years. Meticulously and with every sense of commitment and responsibility, the Governor of Lagos State is aware that much still needs to be done on matters of roads in Lagos â€
â€œWe believe that people are free to express themselves in a democracy but such freedom should not be used to deceive the public. We hold the view that it would have been nice for those posting these pictures to show balanced reporting by showing many of the newly constructed roads in the metropolis at least in the past four years, placing them side by side with the bad roads so that the people will know better.
â€œWe urge Lagosians and Nigerians to continue to support Governor Fashola as he continues to show leadership in Nigeria . Governor Fashola means business in carrying out his duties as a governor and his huge legacies in the past four years are there in the open for all eyes to see. Fashola dreams big for Lagos and Nigeria and he puts everything: hard work, integrity, honesty, commitment, character into the business of governance.â€