Ministers collaborate to transform road infrastructure

FG addresses public concerns over the dire state of federal roads


The federal government is addressing concerns about the deteriorating condition of several federal roads across the country.

Deplorable federal roads including but not limited to Makurdi-Nsukka 9 Mile Road, East-West Road, Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, Benin Bypass Road, Enugu-Port Harcourt Road, Shandam-Plateau State, Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria -Kano road, Gombe-Bauchi road etc.

In a statement on Monday, Labor Minister David Nweze Umahi outlined the ministry’s immediate action plan and addressed misconceptions about road paving materials.

Umahi said President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is aware of the challenges inherited from the previous administration and is committed to addressing them.

Mr Umahi said: “The work that needs to be done to change the ugly state of our roads is enormous, without compromising all the good efforts of the previous government in improving road infrastructure, which were undertaken within the limits of resources.”

He said the recently approved Department of Engineering’s 2023 supplementary budget is $300 billion, including $100 billion for immediate mitigation works in 36 states and the FCT, and most of the ongoing projects inherited. He noted that $200 billion is included to continue new but important projects. Regarding road projects, Mr. Tinubu directed that these palliative projects be started before December 1, 2023.

Umahi also said that the ministry’s involvement would not be limited to “any of these individually reported cases,” but that the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) in all 36 states would be involved and would be responsible for comprehensive support for road infrastructure development. He said it would be a similar approach. F.C.T.

To strengthen transparency and accountability, the Minister calls on the public to supervise contractors working on mitigation works and ongoing projects.

“It is the right of every Nigerian to get value for money put into the road infrastructure sector and therefore all ongoing projects by the Federal Ministry of Works and FERMA and indeed all projects of the Federal Government. You have to show both interest and passion for state and local government.”

“All poorly constructed roads must be photographed and reported immediately to contact numbers 08030986263, 08037086137 or 08106423197, indicating the name of the contractor, location and type of contract, and any defects observed.”

In response to concerns about the use of asphalt and concrete pavement in road construction, Umahi said asphalt is not prohibited, but in certain cases, particularly projects with a 50-year design life, contractors are required to use concrete pavement. He said he encouraged them to consider it.

“Those who are complaining about this policy and denying the propaganda are simply those who do not want Nigeria to be happy, they are not looking for the bountiful development that God has given them, but for the importation of adulterated asphalt. These are the same people who are using adulterated asphalt in their projects while putting pressure on the Naira through asphalt deposits in Ogun State and other parts of Nigeria. “As long as this new policy does not violate any laws, the Federal Ministry of Labor is promoting this new policy,” he added.

The minister said the policy does not violate existing contracts and is committed to ensuring all road projects are constructed to the highest standards.

Mr. Umahi also noted that the ministry is very concerned with project oversight and that from December 1, there will be a revolution in the way and manner in which the ministry oversees projects on a national scale, adding that responsibility will be It added that anyone found guilty will not be punished. I was spared.

He added that the business heads of the 36 states and FCT, as well as FERMA, have been directed to audit all projects, including equipment, personnel, financial status, challenges and completion rates.

“This assignment must be completed by November 30, 2023. Please note that this instruction was given after the last two months.”

Source: guardian.ng

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