The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said Nigerians are disappointed in the present administration because they are misplacing the functions of government at different levels.
While he said some expected “magic results”, Fashola argued that many Nigerians don’t know the differences between the projects expected to be executed by the federal, states, and local governments.
He said this while responding to a question on his performances as a minister and governor in an interview on Channels Television.
Fashola explained that basic infrastructure like primary healthcare, primary education, among others being agitated for by many Nigerians are to be delivered by state and local governments.
The minister said, “The government that can transform and give us what we want quickly are the government closest to us – state and local government.
“Looking for the Federal Government or a magic President is why we seem to have been disappointed. We are looking for the results in the wrong place.
“Governance is not magic. It is the act of the possible and our responsibility is to always project hope.
“Perhaps those who feel that way (disappointed) should be made to realise that what we expect of the Nigerian Federal government lies more with the state government and the local government – some of the most basic things.
“What we should do is to focus on the government that is closest to us. I will urge people to go and read the constitution, the powers the President has are about 45, many of them are categorised as power but they are even functions and duties.”