Blame Buhari For Lagos Traffic â€“ Jumoke Akinjide
The Minister of State for the Federal Capital
Territory, Jumoke Akinjide, says the people of
Lagos State should blame the presidential
candidate of the All Progressives Congress,
Maj.Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) for the
heavy traffic motorists face every day.
She said when Buhari was the Head of State
between December 1983 and August 1985,
he terminated the Lagos Metroline project
initiated by the Alhaji Lateef Jakande
administration to ease traffic in the
Akinjide said this in a statement on Monday.
She said by so doing, Buhari truncated the
opportunity of a free-flow of traffic within the
metropolis and by extension, the economic
growth of the South-West.
She said the countries that were nowhere
near the growth attained by the South-West
when the APC presidential candidate stopped
Metroline project had since advanced to
become world economic powers.
She said the Lagos metro rail line was
designed by the Jakande government to
facilitate transport within Lagos and its
surroundings but was terminated when
Buhari military regime took over.
She said, â€œThe visionary Jakande
administration had concluded all the
plans to finance the project, putting
everything in place for its successful
execution. My father provided the legal
frame work in his capacity as the
Attorney General at the time, and the
state government had deposited $50m
after securing a $450m loan at six per
cent fixed interest rate for 25 years.â€
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