The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) says he deserves some credits for resolving the perennial gridlock and insecurity challenge along the Lagos-Ibadan route.
Buhari claimed that if he had not intervened in the Lagos-Ibadan transport projects, it was obvious “people would’ve been trekking from Lagos to Abuja”.
This was contained in a statement by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President, Media & Publicity, on Tuesday.
According to him, his decision to prioritise infrastructure projects, especially with the completion of road and rail lines, improved the perennial traffic along that axis tremendously.
“The people from South West can tell better because between Lagos and Ibadan by now, if we hadn’t done what we did, people would have been trekking because the road was not there, the rail was not there and there was so much insecurity.
“But we thank the international community. We thank China and Chinese investors, who came along to support the Lagos-Ibadan transport projects,’’ he said.
Speaking further, Buhari declared that no economy can thrive without the needed infrastructure and public utilities in place.
“My objective was very clear, despite the dwindling resources, I wanted to deal with infrastructure across the country,
“We should look at advancement in terms of Infrastructure. No country can advance without infrastructure. There used to be railways, especially people from Southern Kaduna will remember this.
“Which country can really advance without road, rail and power, that’s why I wanted to sort out infrastructure, knowing that Nigerians are competitive by nature, and they will face their businesses when there’s road, rail and power,’’ he added.