The Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said that our roads are not as bad as they are portrayed, and, well, Nigerians are not having it.
Punch reports that Fashola made this comment shortly after the Federal Executive Council meeting, where ₦58.4billion was approved for the construction of Bida-Sachi-Nupeko road and the Nupeko-Patigi Bridge across River Niger, linking Nupeko and Patigi in Niger and Kwara states.
“The roads are not as bad as they are often portrayed.” the minister said. “I know that this is going to be your headline, but the roads are not that bad”
Well, Nigerians disagree.
Twitter users have begun to share photos of the very many bad roads across the country, imploring the former Lagos State governor to take a road trip.
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I bet Fashola to take Lagos to Ilorin road in a public transport. That time we will know if Nigeria road is bad or not
Fashola says Nigerian roads not that bad, MAN, NECA disagree
The roads are not as bad as they are often portrayed. I know that this is going to be your headline, but the roads are not that bad – Fashola The minister is not in touch with reality. He needs…
How is he supposed to know? Does he ply any of those roads? His primary route which is Lag-Abj, he does via air, so what is he talking about.
Fashola has now developed a reputation for talking nonsense and outright rubbish all the time.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said on Wednesday that Nigerian roads are not as bad as they are being portrayed. He insisted that reports on the poor state of roads in the country are mere hype.https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/11/nigerian-roads-not-as-bad-as-being-portrayed-fashola/ …
JOHANNESBURG – Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari will this week travel to South Africa for a State visit, which will also mark the 20th anniversary of the Bi-National Commission (BNC).
Despite recent attacks on Foreign nationals in South Africa, both countries insist they share sound relations that were formally established in 1994.
The relations were established immediately after South Africa’s first democratic elections.
Last month hundreds of Nigerians were evacuated from South Africa as a result of the anti-foreigner violence that included the looting and burning of their shops.
Buhari has since met South Africa’s special envoy, Jeff Radebe, in Abuja. Radebe conveyed an apology on behalf of President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Formal relations between Nigeria and South Africa have been conducted through a BNC, established in 1999 as a structured bilateral mechanism to provide for political, economic, social, cultural, scientific and technical cooperation.
South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa will host Buhari on Thursday, 3 October 2019, said the Presidency in a statement on Tuesday.
Over the years the BNC recorded remarkable achievements, and provides a useful platform for enhancing bilateral relations, notably on the economic front.
There are more than 30 agreements which have been negotiated and signed since the establishment of the BNC, and which are at different stages of implementation.
These include the Bilateral Trade Agreement, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Economic and Technical Cooperation and an Agreement on Cooperation in Defence.
There is a significant footprint of South African companies currently doing business in Nigeria in various sectors, mainly in telecommunications, banking, retail, hospitality, mining, tourism, agriculture and construction and tourism.
The total value of trade between South Africa and Nigeria amounted to R50.8 billion in 2018. The major South African products exported to Nigeria include machinery and mechanical appliances; mineral products, and chemical Products.
Major products imported from Nigeria include mineral products, products of the chemicals or allied industries, base metals & articles, plastics and articles (rubber), vegetable products, machinery & mechanical appliances, etc.
One of the main features of the visit will be a Joint Business Forum with a focus on trade and investment.
“The State Visit will not only provide an opportunity for the two Presidents to strengthen and deepen political, economic, social and cultural relations between the two countries, but will also create space for deliberations on issues of mutual interest and concern pertaining to the continent and global governance,” said the SA Presidency.
Ramaphosa will be supported by several senior Cabinet ministers of departments that include International Relations and Cooperation; Defence and Military Veterans; Minerals and Energy; Trade and Industry; Police; State Security and Home Affa
As Nigerians mourn Mrs Obianuju Ndubuisi-Chukwu, a Nigerian insurance chief, who was murdered in South Africa. Ndubisi-Chukwu was the Deputy Director-General of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria and was killed on June 13 in her hotel room.
However, the country has again recorded the ruthless assassination of a teenager, Chinonso Dennis Obiaju, 17, a Nigerian still in high school. He was shot dead in Johannesburg on Saturday.
The President of the Nigerian Union in South Africa, Mr Adetola Olubajo, who confirmed the killing to the News Agency of Nigeria, said that the deceased lived in Roodeprt, Johannesburg with his guardian.
Olubajo said that his guardian, Mr Mike Nsofor, disclosed that he was shot about 6.30pm.
“He went to buy an item from a shop with his friend and someone chased and opened fire on them, killing him,’’ he quoted the guardian.
He added that the family would be burying him in South Africa, noting that the union’s leaders in Johannesburg would be contacting him on the developments.
Olubajo said they were going to the Police today to finalise on the registry and provision of his papers.
“He was born here I learnt and the mother is in the U.S. I have spoken to Mike Nsofor to pass the Nigerian community’s condolences and call for justice to be served in this case as anybody who hunts down a young schoolboy couldn’t have any justifiable reasons,’’ Olubajo said.
He implored the Federal Government to urgently protect Nigerians in the Diaspora.
At least no fewer than 200 Nigerians have been killed in xenophobic attacks between 2016 and this year. According to unofficial sources, up to 800,000 Nigerians, mostly young people reside in South Africa.