The federal government has attributed its inability to complete ongoing road projects to paucity of funds.
Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola stated this on Friday.
Fashola noted that while the number of roads seeking government’s attention for completion and rehabilitation keeps increasing on daily basis “the resources required to fix them remained grossly inadequate”.
He spoke at an interactive session of the Senate Committee on Works with the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing and its agencies.
He maintained that it was the responsibility of his Ministry and its agencies to ensure that the roads in Nigeria were in good condition, adding that “the inability to complete the various road projects across the country was as a result of inadequate budget and release of funds”.
Describing roads as national assets of any nation, Fashola called on all stakeholders to come up with hard decisions on making prioritisation of roads for completion and rehabilitationon the basis of social and economic importance to Nigerians.
The Minister recommended the prioritisation of major link roads across the states and the roads to the various sea and airports across the country.
Fashola expressed optimism that with the calibre of the Senators that constituted the Committee on Works, the challenges on Nigerian roads would be overcome.
Photo: Ongoing work at the site of the proposed interchange at Ore, Ondo State… on Tuesday