The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said on Friday the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is not interested in sharing money but to provide basic needs of Nigerians.
Government, according to him, is aware of complaints by some Nigerians about lack of free money, and declared that the administration prefers to invest in infrastructure that would have ripple effects on the economy than sharing money to people and political stooges like the previous administration did.
“Yes, people are complaining of no money and high cost of living, but I want to tell you that it would have been worse today but for the massive infrastructural development this government is investing on,” the minister said at Tatabu village near Mokwa in Niger State while inspecting the reconstructed and rehabilitated Ilorin-Jebba- Mokwa road project.
The 93.6 km road project includes the total reconstruction of Ilorin /Jebba road and rehabilitation of failed portions from Jebba to Mokwa.
The Ilorin-Jebba road is part of the Lagos- Algiers road called trans Sahara roads which cuts across the West and North Africa.
In Nigeria, the road connects the South-West geo-geographical zone to the Northern part of the country.
Mohammed said: “When people make these complaints, they easily forget that for 16 years, one political party was in power, sharing money, when this road became completely failed.
“APC, in three years, has fixed this road to this level. I think it speaks for itself.
“Before now, it would take about five days for trucks to move from Ilorin to Jebba. Today, it takes only two hours.
“Today, on this road, you can see free movement of goods and services which is the beginning of revival of the economy.”