Opposition is the bane of this country: Johnston

Chief Government Whip and Minister of Highways Johnston Fernando said that the bane of this country is an Opposition that blames the Government whether it builds roads or not.

Speaking at the Mandaduwa Grounds in Weeraketiya last Saturday (6), where the Government vested 1,500 developed roads for public use, Minister Fernando said that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the incumbent Government would be known in the future as the only administration that delivered on all its promises to the people.

He said: “Despite the effects of the pandemic, we continued to work and delivered what we pledged to the people. When the time comes to complete our term, people will judge us by the work we have done and understand that we have been the only government that accomplished all it had promised to the people. The President in his manifesto promised to develop 100,000 km of roads. We have identified 68,000 roads to be developed, and of them, work is in progress on 14,000 roads.

“Today, we declare open 1,500 roads, completed within three months. Within the next three months, we’ll complete the work of 2,500 more roads. It is of paramount importance for economic development to enable people to go from one end to the other within a couple of hours. These roads will help agriproducts coming to the market, children going to schools, as well as patients going to hospitals. They will increase connectivity and serve as a springboard to promote development.”

“We have launched projects to give water and improve other infrastructure to develop this economy. In the meantime, the process of converting to a green economy is in progress. We will provide organic fertiliser instead of chemical fertiliser. The Opposition could go on shouting, but when the time comes, people will understand who did what. The second phase of the Central Expressway and the New Kelani Bridge would be opened by the end of this month,” he noted.

President Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, and other ministers were also present on the occasion.