Majority of Nigerians have faulted a claim by Babatunde Fashola, the country’s minister of works and housing, that Nigerian roads are not as bad as some citizens are now painting the picture.
Fashola had stated that the bad condition of Nigerian roads were merely being exaggerated by the citizens.
But two recent polls conducted by Legit.ngon Twitter and on Facebook show that a high number of Nigerians were of the view that Fashola’s comments were far from the reality on the ground.
The Twitter poll which had gathered 468 votes at the time of writing this report shows that 83% of respondents disagreed with the minister’s comments, while only 7% agreed with the statement.
Some respondents who faulted the Fashola’s statement accused him of being insensitive to the plight of Nigerians while others told him to travel by road before arriving at such a conclusion
The other poll on Facebook shows that 94% of the 2,900 respondents who voted at the time of writing this report disagreed with the minister’s claims, while 6% backed his comments.
Many in the facebook poll also faulted the minister’s statement.
Meanwhile, a member of House of Representatives, Bamidele Salam, has challenged the minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, to engage in a 90-day road travel tour if he was sincere about his statement.
Premium Times reports that Salam who is a member of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) representing Ede North/Ede South/Egbedore/Ejigbo federal constituency, told Fashola and other relevant stakeholders to boycott air travels for road for the next 90 days in order to estimate the ratio of good to bad roads in the country.
The lawmaker said Fashola’s statement showed that he was not in tune with the realities of what Nigerians experience on the roads on a daily basis.
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