The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Tuesday, called on Nigerians to be objective in their judgment of Nigerian roads as many of the roads are not as bad as people are suggesting.
He also noted the efforts of the present administration which is targeted at making the roads more motorable and safer for all category of road users.
Fashola said these in his keynote address at a capacity building programme for the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), which was sponsored by the United Nation.
The first category of roads identified by the minister are those that had outlived their design life and should have been replaced and rebuilt.
The minister stated, “They were built in the 1970s, and not only have they outlived their design life, they have had to deal with tonnage and capacities well beyond what their design intended. Can such a road be truly expected to stay intact and deliver a pleasant motoring experience?
“Thankfully, these type of roads are now receiving attention under President Buhari, as the Calabar-Itu-Odukpani, Gombe-Biu, Ilorin-Jebba and other roads that fall within this category are being awarded for reconstruction, along with the third class of roads, which are just being built.”
Another category of roads identified by Fashola, are those in need of maintenance having suffered years of lack of maintenance and apparently expected depreciation.
He said, “Members of the public must know that roads are depreciating assets. They do not last forever and require regular maintenance and, with time, replacement, if they are to serve their intended purpose. These factors of abuse and lack of maintenance combine to reduce the quality of our motoring experience on the roads.