THE Minister of Works, Dave Umahi, has stated that President Bola Tinubu, will release monies for the development of quality roads across the country.
Umahi revealed this on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily noting that the most significant obstacle in road development is the building expense.
“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 on Thursday.
“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,” the former Ebonyi State governor added.
He stated, however, that the cost of concrete is higher than that of asphalt.
According to the minister of works, the quality of bitumen available in Nigeria and imported is not equivalent to that which existed in 1950 and 1960.
The minister, who was sworn in on Monday, got right to work yesterday, promising to reconstruct the Lokoja-Ajaokuta Road in two weeks. He stated that road reconstruction will begin immediately.