The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has finally spoken on an alleged statement credited to him.
Fashola said he was misquoted on the statement that the federal roads were not as deplorable as the public portrayed them. The minister explained that he did not use the word ‘exaggeration’.
The Herald gathered that Fashola made the clarification in Ilara- Mokin,Ifedore local government area of Ondo state while commissioning the privately funded four township roads executed by Chairman,Toyota Nigeria Limited, Chief Michael Ade-Ojo.
He said: “Let me start from the journey by roads to the 36 states, 12 hours everyday, so I know what I saw, and I also said what I wanted to say in that press conference, and thankfully, I must thank your TV Channels, at least, showing the maturity and the professionalism responsibility to play the whole tape, so people can see the context of what I said.”
The minister also that the federal government would not refund any state that rehabilitates or reconstructs federal roads.
He added that the bill for road refund from state governments was on the high side, amounting to N500b.