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The Previous Administration Should Be Blamed For Nigeria’s Infrastructural Deficit – Lai Mohammed

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said the President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration should not be blamed for the infrastructural deficit in the country. He stated this on Monday when he featured alongside other guests on the Nigeria Television Authority programme, “Good Morning Nigeria” which focussed on Nigeria at 57. Mohammed said that the administration was investing massively on roads, power, housing, Railway and other critical infrastructure, not leaving out the social well being of the citizens.

He, however, observed that because of the level of decay and abandonment of the infrastructure by the previous administration, the efforts of government might not manifest immediately. Specifically, Mohammed said that the government was working on the 220-kilometre Enugu to Port Harbour express way as well as other major road networks in the South East. He said that work was ongoing on the Kano to Maiduguri road and the Lagos Ibadan express way to mention but a few. The minister said that many contractors had been recalled to the roads projects they abandoned during the previous administration resulting in creating of over 17000 direct jobs and 15000 indirect jobs from roads.

On power, the Minister said that when the administration came in May 2015, only 2690 megawatts was generated but today the country is generating over 7000 megawatts. He said inflation had been coming down, and the government had revived 12 fertiliser blending companies to boost agriculture. He urged Nigerians to judge the Administration in contest of what it inherited from previous Administration and where the country is today. On the clamour for restructuring, the Minister said that the issue has many sides and the focal point must be Constitution amendment through the National Assembly.

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