Julius Berger writes Fashola announcing suspension of work, in response to Lagos-Ibadan Budget Cuts by NASS

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Minutes after Mr Babatunde Fashola, Nigeria’s works, housing and power minister visited the House of Representative to state why he responded publicly to allegations by some of the lawmakers, construction giant, Julius Berger, announced it was stopping work on the Lagos-Ibadan highway. Julius Berger made its intention known in a letter to the works ministry saying its decision is hinged on the cut in the budget allocated for the fixing of the road by the National Assembly.
Speaking before a panel of the House of Representatives investigating the minister for reportedly talking back at the lawmakers on Friday, July 28, 2017, Fashola denied inciting the public.

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He explained that all he said was in good faith and in response to the matter that had become public knowledge. 

“That general statement is to the effect that, like many Nigerians, I have been concerned about the state and pace of development of our country’s infrastructure and the consequences they have on our quality of life and expectations. 
“My views have been expressed in speeches at public fora, and also in presentations made to the oversight committees that relate to the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing in both Houses of Parliament. 
“As far as roads are concerned, I have argued that we should build roads which connect our states, which drive our economy, which move our fuel, which moves our food and which help us to import and export goods.  “Any road that does not connect to the last point necessary to drive our economy is a road to nowhere,” Fashola said among others. 

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