Umahi: Road Work Update

Umahi: Road Work Update

Rehabilitation and Palliative Work

The Minister for Works, Dave Umahi, has announced that the rehabilitation and palliative work on all failed federal roads will commence on December 1, 2023.

Plans for Road Infrastructure

Umahi also shared plans for achieving sustainable road infrastructure throughout the country.

Response to Complaints

In a statement on his X (formerly Twitter) account, Umahi explained that his response was based on the complaints by commuters and residents about the poor condition of federal roads.

Roads in Need of Repair

Some of the roads that will be addressed include the Makurdi-Nsukka 9th Mile Road, East-West Road, Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, Benin bypass road, collapsed bridges of Enugu-Port Harcourt road, collapsed bridges of Shandam-Plateau State, Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano road, and Gombe-Bauchi road.

Tackling Road Infrastructure Issues

Umahi promised to tackle road infrastructure issues head-on, despite the heavy debt burden inherited from ongoing road projects.

Funding and Timeline

The 2023 supplementary budget includes N300bn for road projects. N100bn will be allocated for immediate palliative works on all roads in the 36 states and the federal capital territory, while N200bn will be used to complete ongoing projects. The work is set to begin before December 1, 2023.

Public Involvement

Umahi requested the public’s assistance in supervising contractors engaged in palliative works. He urged people to report poorly constructed roads, providing details such as the contractor’s name, location, type of contract, and observed defects.

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New Policy on Road Construction

Umahi clarified that the federal government did not ban the use of asphalt in road construction. However, a new policy provides guidelines on the use of concrete and asphalt pavements. Contractors have the choice to continue using asphalt or redesign their projects on concrete at no extra cost to the government.

Complaints about Concrete Technology

Umahi addressed complaints and demarketing of the concrete technology policy, stating that those who oppose it do not have Nigeria’s best interests at heart. He emphasized the importance of using quality materials, such as locally sourced bitumen, to support the country’s economy.

 

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