Nigerians dare Fashola to #TakeTheRoadChallenge
Following Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola comment that Nigerian roads are not as bad as often portrayed, Nigerians have dared the Minister to #TakeTheRoadChallenge as #FasholaTakeTheRoadChallenge currently trends on Twitter.
TheNewsGuru (TNG) reports the Works and Housing Minister on Wednesday insisted that Nigerian roads were not as bad as often portrayed, and one Twitter user thereafter offered him an all expense paid trip and prove that “our roads are not that bad as portrayed”.
“I volunteer to take @tundefashola on a road trip throughout Nigeria with cameramen & all the media coverage needed. Bill on me Honorable Minister Sir.
“Let’s show Nigerians what an honorable man you are by saying Nigerian roads aren’t as bad as people make them out to be. Deal?” one Twitter user, @henryshield challenged Fashola.
I volunteer to take @tundefashola on a road trip throughout Nigeria with cameramen & all the media coverage needed. Bill on me Honorable Minister Sir.
Let’s show Nigerians what an honorable man you are by saying Nigerian roads aren’t as bad as people make them out to be. Deal?
— Henry Shield (@henryshield) November 7, 2019
Good morning Mr @tundefashola. I hope you had a good rest. We await you to accept the all expense paid road trip by @henryshield and prove that "our roads are not that bad as portrayed!" #FasholaTakeTheRoadChallenge
— Emeka Bruno (@emekabruno_) November 8, 2019
Honorable Minister Sir, take the challenge now or never. The plot to wait till dry season won't work. #FasholaTakeTheRoadChallenge
— Emmanuel Olabayo (@bayonuels) November 8, 2019
— ojuOloroo (@omojapa) November 8, 2019
Speaking shortly after the Federal Executive Council meeting, Fashola said reports on the poor state of the country’s roads were mere hypes.
The FEC meeting yesterday which was presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, approved N58.4billion for the construction of Bida-Sachi-Nupeko road and the Nupeko-Patigi Bridge across River Niger, linking Nupeko and Patigi in Niger and Kwara states.
Fashola, while dismissing reports on bad state of the highways said, “The roads are not as bad as they are often portrayed. I know that this is going to be your headline, but the roads are not that bad”, he told State House Correspondents.
The minister explained that, but for funding challenges, most road projects would have been long completed.
Fashola also stated that some parts of the country faced peculiar issues like high water table, which made construction in the rainy season difficult.
He mentioned the South-East and the South-South among areas with such difficulties.
The minister added that the ministry and contractors were waiting patiently for the rains to subside so that they could return to sites.
However, this has not gone down well with Nigerians as they took Twitter to dare Fashola to #TakeTheRoadChallenge.
Read trending tweets below:
— No words left 🇳🇬 (@J_mknite) November 8, 2019
— Port Harcourt First Twins. (@PHFirstTwins) November 8, 2019
It is recklessly insolent & shamelessly insensitive of Mr. @tundefashola to say Nigerian roads aren’t as bad as citizens make them out to be.
It is one thing to suck at your job, but totally ridiculous to insult the citizens with boldfaced lies.#FasholaTakeTheRoadChallenge
— Henry Shield (@henryshield) November 8, 2019
A minister that should be tendering apologies to the citizens for the state of our roads, has the temerity to insult us that the roads aren’t as bad as we paint them to be. Height of official irresponsibility! #FasholaTakeTheRoadChallenge
— Henry Shield (@henryshield) November 8, 2019
@tundefashola our roads are so good dat planes can do an emergency landing on Them. #FasholaTakeTheRoadChallenge #FasholaSeeOurRoads #standup9ja @Gidi_Traffic see iyano solo under bridge by Lagos Polytechnic. #Nigeria pic.twitter.com/mBPkiDspnw
— mexy “Chef” (@chefmexy) November 8, 2019
— Austin Eyi (@clickaustineyi) November 8, 2019
Nigeria roads are not as bad as being portrayed, they are only dotted with designs of our map, Flag and Coat of Arms. #FasholaTakeTheRoadChallenge #FasholaTakeTheRoadChallenge pic.twitter.com/ePiCGEeJ8p
— akinwale adekunbi (@Quibec22) November 8, 2019
At Leventis in Lagos. The potholes are as deep as valleys. #FasholaTakeTheRoadChallenge
— Agentblancovic (@blancbeatz) November 8, 2019
Dear Hon @TundeFashola, Do not follow @HenryShield to the Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene Federal road. That road is a complete mess. Millions of Nigerians are trending #FasholaTakeTheRoadChallenge. They want to humiliate you. They think you dont have sense. I advice you as a Christian https://t.co/tbQuXlB6Er
— Obinna Nwosu (@obi_Nwosu) November 8, 2019
— YK (@honestjay90) November 8, 2019
@henryshield while the honorable @tundefashola is arranging his bags to accept the #FasholaTakeTheRoadChallenge …i want to join and help plan his trip…by the way, he should u an average mans vehicle, not any all-terrain vehicle.
— H_Spark 🎆🇳🇬 (@Adaba_H) November 8, 2019
— unanimous (@binyaminu_24744) November 8, 2019
— Adeparusi adedayo (@AdeparusiA) November 8, 2019
Look at the person we were even considering for 2023 presidency. Thanks for reminding us that you are still out of touch with the people #FasholaTakeTheRoadChallenge
— Ezeh CK. (@ezehck) November 8, 2019