Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has made a clarification following a controversy that trailed his claim of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government performing more than the United States in infrastructural development.
The Minister was quoted saying at an All Progressives Congress (APC) forum in Kano on Thursday January 27, that the Buhari-led administration has achieved what America “is trying to do in terms of infrastructure”.
Making a clarification while inspecting the ongoing Abuja-Kaduna-Kano road project on Friday January 28, Fashola said;
“The first point to make is I didn’t say that Nigeria’s infrastructure is better than America’s infrastructure because certainly anybody who knows what he is doing will know that America is a much richer nation, their infrastructure is well ahead of Nigeria.
“What I was talking about at the presentation with the APC youth was about the challenges of infrastructure, and that it is universal, every country commits to infrastructure as a legitimate way to create work, grow the economy and distribute wealth as we have seen here. That’s the first point I am making.
“And that in a democracy, you always need parliament to authorise what you spent in infrastructure. So, I was making the comparison that Buhari has been able to get his parliament to authorise his spending, and that is why we are able to gather here.
“But that the American government is struggling to get authorisation from their own parliament to start what we are already doing. I didn’t say that their infrastructure is better than theirs.”