Governor Babajide Sanwoolu’s special adviser on drainage and water resources, Engr. Joe Igbokwe has tackled the former Governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi, for condemning President Muhammadu Buhari’s policy of trying to stimulate the economy by building and revitalising critical infrastructures in the country.
The president’s administration has been investing hugely in some infrastructural projects like interstate rail networks, road networks and bridges across the country. Yesterday, the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola said the second Niger bridge, one critical infrastructure the president hopes to complete before he leaves office, has reached 80% completion rate.
However, reacting during an appearance on the morning show of Arise TV few days ago, Peter Obi, who was also the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) vice presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections, said the president cannot use infrastructure to drive economic growth. He advised the president to invest in Education and SME (Small and Medium Enterprises) sector to drive economic growth and deal with poverty. He adds that taking people out of poverty is not by magic.
But hitting back at Mr Obi’s comments, Joe Igbokwe, on his Facebook page accused members of the PDP of plundering the nation’s wealth. He said they have nothing to bring to the table except to say that infrastructure cannot grow the economy of the nation. He said the argument is baseless and unfounded.