In what looks like a momentarily
suspension, the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has taken over the
duties of the Minister of Power, Works And Housing, Babatunde Fashola,
by granting permission to the Lagos State Government to embark on a
total reconstruction of the International Airport road, from the Oshodi
This permission constitutionally could
have emanated the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, which is under
the control of Fashola.
The State’s Governor, Akinkunmi Ambode,
who made the disclosure in a statement on Wednesday, signed by the
Secretary to the State Government, Tunji Bello, side-lined Fashola, and
commended the Acting President, for his approach to issues and for fast
tracking the process.
Recall, that the State Government had
sometimes lamented that its efforts to work on the road, was being
frustrated by the Fashola.
Ambode said: “We are very appreciative
of the good gesture of His Excellency, the Acting President, for
acceding to our request, which is not only very timely, but a very
heart-warming one. Posterity will never forget this genuine
Ambode also gave kudos to President
Muhammadu Buhari, for providing the enabling environment to attract
Foreign Direct Investment into the nation, adding that, with the
upgrading of the International Airport road, which is the gateway to the
nation’s commercial nerve centre, the country will attract new
The Governor, had in early March this
year, raised an alarm about the present state of the Murtala Muhammed
International Airport road, describing it as a national disgrace that
required immediate attention, to salvage the nation’s image.
He stated then that the State presently
has a design for the reconstruction of the road, as well as the funds to
embark on the project, but was yet to get the go ahead from the Federal
Governor Ambode had said that if given
the approval, his administration was ready to hit the ground running and
begin construction of the Airport road within two weeks, and finish
same within a period of six months.