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Ministerial Screening: Fashola Reveals Reasons For Delay In Road Rehabilitation

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Ministerial Screening: Fashola Reveals Why There Has Been Delay In Road Rehabilitation

The Senate on Monday barraged former Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola who appeared before the upper chamber to be screened for a ministerial position.

Africa News24 (AN24) reports that 10 of 28 who had questions to ask were selected by the senate president allowed to grill Fashola, who was the immediate past Minister of Works, Power and Housing.

For over an hour, Fashola was busy engaging the senators who asked several questions rather than the usual take a bow and go.

Fashola, during his screening, answered questions on infrastructure, among others.

He said one of the major reason for the delay in road rehabilitation is due to lack of funds.

“There were never enough resources. Everyone wants development in their state. One mode of funding is Sukuk (bond) which was a form of public-private partnership.”

Senator Francis Alimikhena (Edo North) asked Fashola why for the past four years, his ministry did not commission a housing project.

Fashola responded, “If the decision were mine, as I did as Lagos governor, there would be a year or two of no new projects. Our expectation of speed (in executing contracts) is not compatible with what has been enacted in our law. Our law is holding us back.”

 

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