Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, has said that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, during its administration, thwarted her efforts to ensure the Ikorodu-Shagamu Road was rehabilitated.
She said this at the flagging off of the rehabilitation of the road on Monday. She told journalists at the event that former President Goodluck Jonathan's administration had refused to rehabilitate the road while she was a member of the House of Representatives.
''This road has claimed a lot of lives. We appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari and members of the All Progressive Congress in the two federal houses for ensuring that this project was awarded.
''During my time in the house of representatives under the PDP, there was nothing we didn’t do to ensure this road was fixed,'' she said.
Also speaking at the event, Babatunde Fashola, Minister for Power, Works and Housing, urged the residents to be patient and support the construction works as they would have opportunity to supply materials to the contractors and make money. He warned politicians not to influence the contractors' choice in awarding contracts to locals in the area.
''There would be opportunity to supply construction materials to the contractor. No politician has any power to dictate to the contractor. No one should disturb the contractor.
''Whoever wants to make supplies should meet Asiwaju Olorunfunmi Bashorun. This will eliminate allegations that some groups were overlooked in the award of contract for material supply,'' he said.
Fashola also told all present that the road rehabilitation will take 36 months to complete.