The minister of power, works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, has rekindled the hope of state governments across the country that the Federal Government is working to see that in no distant time, money incurred by the states on federal road projects will be paid back to them.
Fashola revealed this in Osogbo, while playing a courtesy call on the governor of Osun state, Rauf Aregbesola, in his office during an inspection tour to Federal Government projects under his ministry in the South-West geo-political zone.
This is according to a statement issued Tuesday by Olusegun Ogunkayode, senior information officer, on behalf of the director of information in the ministry.
According to the minister, “the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to fulfill his promise by paying all expense incurred by the state governments on federal roads.”
He explained that the Federal Government is working hard to see that a bond is raised so that states get their money back.
Fashola stated that the purpose for the Federal Government to post the Federal Controllers to the states of the federation is not to engage in rivalry game but to strengthening the cordial relations between the Federal and the state governments, meaning that they are partners in progress and must be seen as representatives of Federal Government.
Fashola applauded the Osun State government for its quick intervention on Gbongan-Kwara state boundary road, which he said will ultimately to lead to economic recovery for Nigerians, as well as reduce the travel time of commuters plying along the corridor.
In his response, the Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, expressed gratitude to the minister and to President Muhammadu Buhari for keeping to his promises since assumption of office.
He said “his government appreciates the importance of infrastructure development as one of the ways that will improve economic activities, as well as employment generation for the people.
The governor said the minister’s visit was a sign of many good things that await the state.
He appealed to the minister on Owo-Akungba-Okene road, saying “due to its strategic position, the road needed to be dualized, being the only road connecting the south west to the northern states from the Ondo axis.”