In a groundbreaking move aimed at enhancing Nigeria’s road infrastructure, the Minister of Works, Mr. David Umahi, has announced a significant shift from traditional asphalt roads to more durable concrete pavements. This strategic decision comes as a result of the superior lifespan and cost-effectiveness associated with concrete roads, as stated by the minister during his recent visit to Ondo State.
The Akure-Ado Ekiti Expressway, which has been under construction since the previous administration, will undergo a comprehensive redesign, marking the beginning of this transformative road construction approach. The former Minister of Works, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, initiated the project, but it is under the leadership of Mr. Umahi that the focus has shifted to concrete as the primary road construction material.
Concrete roads have proven their worth in numerous states across the country, boasting an impressive lifespan of 50 years, far surpassing that of conventional asphalt roads, which typically last only 15 years. This shift toward concrete pavements not only promises longer-lasting road infrastructure but also offers significant advantages in terms of local content and reduced reliance on imported bitumen, which has been exerting pressure on the nation’s currency.
Minister Umahi emphasized that any road construction contract with less than 20 percent completion will be subject to redesign with concrete pavement, ensuring that this innovative approach is implemented consistently throughout the nation’s road network.
This visionary decision aligns with Nigeria’s commitment to improving its infrastructure and will undoubtedly lead to safer, more durable roads for its citizens. Concrete pavements are known for their resistance to wear and tear, reduced maintenance costs, and increased road safety – all factors that will contribute to the nation’s economic development and overall well-being.
As the Federal Government embarks on this ambitious road transformation project, Nigerians can look forward to a future where their journeys are smoother, safer, and more sustainable. The shift to concrete pavements is a testament to Nigeria’s dedication to infrastructure excellence and a brighter, more prosperous future.
[Source: Punch Nigeria
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