At the Ongoing Ministerial Screening, Former Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, says financing is the key reason for the delay in the implementation of planned road projects across the nation.
He said the restricted distribution of the budget to execute key road projects led to government borrowing from international enterprises to finance the project.
Fashola stated that the country could try alternative methods of financing. For instance, increasing developmental bonds up to N10 trillion where Nigerians could also participate to the issue of infrastructure.
He went on to suggest the need to cash back the budget to finance crucial operations.
Furthermore, Fashola said his crew had done more for the ministry than what it had experienced in the past administration irrespective of the lack of funding.
This, he said, had led in building some critical road, housing and energy facilities.
He said that the ministry had secured the release of 720 stranded containers containing transmission equipment.
According to him, the equipment have been utilised to improve transmission lines across the country.
The former minster noted that the ministry had made significant efforts on off-grid electricity within the period of his stewardship.
Fashola listed the off-grid electricity executed by the government to include the electrification of Araria and Sura markets.
He said that a clear road map had been established for the electrification of other 350 markets and 37 federal universities using off-grid electricity.
The nominee also said that state governments were empowered by the constitution to generate, transmit and distribute power.
#FreeSowore: Atiku, Others Reacts After Sowore Arrest As Pictures Of His Damaged Car Surface
AAC Presidential Candidate and CEO of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore has been apprehended by the DSS – Department of State Security at the early hours of Saturday.
So many reactions have trail the arrest and this includes another Presidential Candidate and other political bigwigs.
PDP Presidential Candidate, Abubakar Atiku said:
“Freedom of speech is not only constitutionally guaranteed, it is the substructure of our democracy. These kidnappings in the guise of arrests stands condemned.”
Mrs Oby Ezekwesili Said:
“All well-meaning Nigerians should stand with YeleSowore and defend his constitutional right and freedom to protest any matter of Governance that worries him.
“Mr Sowore’s convening of Citizens to protest Poor Governance – via #RevolutionNow- is Constitutionally guaranteed.”
“If our NGRPresident MBuhari & FG AsoRock are not completely out of touch with the reality of distress of majority of Citizens of this country, they would handle YeleSowore‘s right to convene #RevolutionNow wisely.
“Many of us his fellow #OfficeOfTheCitizen stand with him.”
Howvever, a journalist recognized as Fox Meek just obtained photos of Sowore’s car that was reportedly bashed by Department of State Services operatives during the arrest of the human rights activist and pro-democracy campaign as shared by a Nigerian journalist, Abiodun Sanusi.
According to an eyewitness report, DSS officers hit the Lexus Jeep of Sowore ‘like kidnappers would do to make way for themselves.’
Mr. Sowore was picked up at his apartment at about 1am this morning and he managed to post a distress tweet at exactly 1:25 am.
The security operatives seized Sowore’s mobile phone when he attempted to raise alarm over the invasion of his residence.
The journalist wrote;
“This is Omoyele Sowore ‘s car batched by State Security Service DSS during is illegal abduction (State Kidnap) at about 01:15am over the night.
Sowore and his brother who drove the car were assaulted by DSS officers. His brother was injured in the head and in the leg.”
We Stopped Him From Harming Himself – Presidency Revealed The Reason For Sowore Arrest
Lauretta Onochie who is President Muhammadu Buhari’s social media assistant has revealed the reason for his arrest. She said the DSS -Department of State Security was saving Omoyele Sowore from burning himself.
Through her official twitter handle, Mrs Onochie said this on Saturday as responses accompany Mr Sowore’s detention, a former candidate for the presidency.
Early Saturday, The AAC presidential nominee was taken into custody in his house and his phone picked up when he was about to alert his relations about the invasion.
It is thought that the arrest is linked to the #RevolutionNow protests that are set to begin on August 5th nationwide.
Onochie, who has been severally involved in false claims, alleged that Sowore had threatened to set himself on fire in protest to President Buhari’s administration.
Lauretta Onochie responded to a tweet saying:
“This Is What DSS Saved Sowore from. (See image) With talks about setting himself ablaze, it’s in order for the security operatives, whose role it is to safeguard both lives and properties, to take him into custody to prevent him from harming himself and get him the help he needs,”
This Is What DSS Saved Sowore from. (See image)
With talks about setting himself ablaze, it's in order for the security operatives, whose role it is to safeguard both lives and properties, to take him into custody to prevent him from harming himself and get him the help he needs. pic.twitter.com/4B2uIRzMMq
— Lauretta Onochie (@Laurestar) August 3, 2019
Former education minister, Oby Ezekwesili and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential candidate in the February 23 election, Atiku Abubakar has joined several others in calling for the release of Sowore.