‘Roads I constructed in Ebonyi would last 50 years without maintenance’, says Umahi
The Minister of Works Dave Umahi has said that roads constructed while he was Ebonyi State governor would last 50 years without maintenance.
Umahi, who was sworn in, among 44 other Ministers, on Monday, stated this on Thursday in an interview with Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.
According to Umahi, roads in the country should be constructed according to Nigeria’s temperature and also quality should be looked at at all times.
“I noticed that some of the projects, while you are still on the roads, they have gone bad.
“When I was on Abuja-Lokoja Road, I discovered that the asphalt was flowing. And if you enter that road with speed, that is the end of such a person.
“I did 3,500 kilometres of concrete road in Ebonyi State, and it is maintenance-free. For 50 years, you would not maintain it.
“I have directed that all the ‘no objections’ my ministry submitted to the BPP be returned. We need to look at the new method of constructing our roads based on our climate.”
He said President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is ready to provide funds for the construction of quality roads in the country.
However, he pointed out that the government is also looking at reducing the cost of construction.
“We are looking at all these things. How do we cut down costs? Because the primary issue is also the cost of construction,” he said.
“We are looking at the figures but it looks like a lot of contractors are not willing, but I will make them to make the change – we are all engineers.
“I am telling them your profit, I will protect whatever thing you want to make but, let’s help Nigeria, let’s build a road that will last and the funny thing is that the government – the President will give out the money.”
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