The departing Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has stated he would have ceased work as minister last year since his handover paper was drafted in September 2022, three days before the end of the President, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari’s (retd.) administration.
He made this disclosure at the value-added concession contract signing event held in conjunction with the initiative for the development and administration of roads.
The minister addressed the issue in response to the recent public outcry following the president’s directive for all cabinet members to continue working in their respective posts till May 29, 2023.
Fashola, however, asserted that if it had been up to him, he would have ceased working and handed over the remaining tasks to the next administration.
The question of why we are still working is being discussed, he continued. People are wondering why we are announcing contracts, so perhaps we should halt proceedings and await the next administration’s signature.
Fashola said, “Is that not better?” and received a resounding “No” from the audience.
There is a debate going on right now, he continued. Some individuals dislike the party in power; thus, we need to have this discourse.
“And I believe that if the government needs to suspend operations, we need to start having talks in order to strengthen our democracy.
In my case, I had my handover paper ready in September of last year, but additional work kept flowing in, so I would have had to quit working since then.
“Even today, some people are still messaging me to sign a Certificate of Occupancy,” he continued.