Of Mohammed’s un-ministerial cheap shots at PDP

Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, obviously does not know how to close a particular chapter well and move on to another.

It is only natural to have great expectations that Mohammed has been a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria long enough to have realised that the role of a garrulous party spokesperson of some political group or the other is no longer his brief.

Apparently this is not so, going by his penchant for taking potshots at the opposition, notably the former ruling party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), at every turn and twist.

This his unedifying attitude was again on display as he briefed journalists today after the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT),

He said inter alia: “Today, FEC has now approved the award of the link road, the bridge itself is just 1.95 metres but the link road is 11.9 kilometres and this contract was awarded to Julius Berger for the sum of N206 billion. It will include not just the link road but also associated infrastructure and this bridge links Anambra and Delta states.

“Remember that the project was conceived by the last administration under a PPP (Public-Private Partnership) arrangement which failed and that is why the Federal Government had to take over this contract. So far, about N14 billion had been paid to contractors handling the bridge and the contract that was awarded is for the link and associated infrastructure that will link the bridge.”


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