The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Tuesday said though the All Progressives Congress (APC) government led by President Muhammadu Buhari promised to turn the fortunes of the country around and bring about change in different sectors, it never attached four-year time frame to totally transform the country.
Fashola stated this while inaugurating the President Muhammmadu Buhari–Osinbajo 2019 campaign group comprising of about 5000 political foot soldiers that would comb all the wards in Lagos State and deliver at least 4.5 million votes for their re-election in the general election.
The minister explained that the APC had remained focused from outset and made tremendous impacts in different sub-sectors of the nation’s economy despite the challenges and economic woes caused by wanton mismanagement of the nation’s resources by previous administrations.
Fashola who said the Buhari led government had laid the foundation for economic growth of Nigeria, judiciously utilized its first term in office by achieving more with less resources and had re-strategized to take the country to the next level.
He said the country has recorded rapid infrastructural development across the country under the president Muhammadu Buhari led government, saying ‘’in 2015 the total number of roads completed before we came was 80 kilometres nationwide. In 2016 the total kilometre of roads completed was 277 kilometres. In 2017 it became 488 kilometres and in 2018 it is now 497 kilometres.
The minister pointed out that it will be retrogressive if the country is dragged back to the era of delivering 80 kilometres roads in sixteen years, saying the notion that President Buhari is slow in implementing policies is erroneous given the results it methodically achieved within the period he had ruled the country.
In the area of Power he said for sixteen year the nation’s electricity generation hovered around 4,000 megawatts, saying,’’ within three years it had moved to 7,000 megawatts. We have added 3,000 meaning we were doing 1,000 per annum. Though they did not met power generation at zero level if you aggregate it means they were doing 250 megawatts per annum. Do you want to go back to 250 megawatts per annum or 1000 mega watts per annum,’’ Fashola fumed.
Also speaking the Chairman of the campaign group former Commissioner of Home Affairs, Hon. Oyinlomo Danmole, said the PMB, Osinbajo Support Group was designed to create a new system of presidential campaign in the state.