Babatunde Fashola, the Minister for Work and Housing stated that the Buhari-led administration has built the infrastructural aspect of the country despite meagre resources, adding that this differentiates the All Progressives Congress APC, and the main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party PDP.
Disclosing this during the Pre-Convention conference of the APC held at the Shehu Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja, the Minister stated that “When we came in, N18bn was our budget for the Ministry of Works. For all Nigeria’s roads. That was less than the budget of my state in 2015. This tells you the attitude of the preceding government towards infrastructure. So, if you budget N18bn for roads and a new government that has less, is budgeting N500bn for the same roads, are those two parties the same?”
He posited that “The APC and the PDP are not the same. We have different ideologies. Our attitude to spending money is better as it aims towards changing the lives of Nigerians positively. No matter the problem that Nigeria has, the umbrella is not the solution to the problems because what are those problems? Whether it is oil theft, bombing, pipelines vandalisation, they all started under their watch.”
Meanwhile, the Ekiti State governor and Co-Chairman of the Pre-Convention Committee, Kayode Fayemi, reportedly blamed the main opposition for undoing the progress made in his first term in office.
Fayemi opined, “That is why I said to you that there is a huge difference between the PDP and the APC. That’s why I hate to hear that all parties are the same. I can tell you with our own experience in Ekiti and you may also see that in other states where we (APC) are in control.”
He disclosed, “Coming into office in 2018, talking specifically about Ekiti State, in fact, let me go back to 2014 when I left, Ekiti had the lowest out-of-school children percentage in the entire country. But by the time I returned in 2018, we had dropped back to the highest out-of-school children in the South-West zone.”
He added, “Because when I came back to the office in 2018, children were being charged a levy for going to school. Fees were being introduced from primary to secondary schools in Ekiti State. And all of the things we were doing before I left, payment of WAEC, JAMB, free education right up to secondary school, all of that had disappeared. And parents who were unable to afford to send their kids to school had their wards dropped out of school. We’ve reversed this and as I speak to you, we’ve had 80,000 increases in the enrolment of kids in primary school in the State.”