President Goodluck Jonathan’s intervention in the transport sector in the last two years is “unprecedented in the history of Nigeria”, information minister, Labaran Maku, has said.
Maku, who said this at the start of the 2013 edition of the Ministerial Platform in Abuja on Monday, challenged those with contrary opinions to a debate based on the realities on ground.
He said that the resuscitation of the rail and water sub-sectors was what many administrations, since independence, had not been able to achieve.
“We have never seen anything like we have seen since 1960 particularly on the job we are doing in the roads, on the job we are doing in the railways and the job we are doing in the dredging of the Niger.
“That promise was made since the Tafawa Balewa administration in the 1960s, no government was able to fulfill it, this is courageous and has never been achieved by any government.
“So, let me say that we are moving, the president is matching his promises with action”.
He said that the administration, midway through its tenure, had been able to deliver on some of the promises in spite of the challenges of insecurity in parts of the country.
Maku said that there was no sector in the economy that had not been able to start something new or consolidate on what had been on ground.