In a recent statement, The Minister of Works, Dave Umahi, made a significant assertion regarding the durability of roads constructed during his tenure as the Governor of Ebonyi State.
As he assumed his role as a minister among 44 others, Umahi emphasized the importance of constructing roads that can withstand the test of time in Nigeria’s varying climatic conditions.
Constructing Roads for Longevity
Umahi, known for his commitment to infrastructure development, expressed his concern about the quality and longevity of road projects across the nation.
He highlighted the imperative to build roads that can endure Nigeria’s temperature fluctuations.
“I noticed that some of the projects, while you are still on the roads, they have gone bad,” Umahi stated, alluding to the urgent need for roads to withstand these conditions.
Concrete Road Innovation
During his tenure as the Governor of Ebonyi State, Umahi took a groundbreaking approach to road construction by implementing 3,500 kilometers of concrete road.
He proudly claimed that these concrete roads would remain maintenance-free for an impressive 50-year period.
This innovation not only reflects his dedication to lasting infrastructure but also signifies his belief in engineering solutions that stand the test of time.
Championing Quality and Cost-Effectiveness
While Umahi acknowledged the willingness of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to provide funding for quality road construction, he also recognized the need to reduce construction costs.
“We are looking at all these things. How do we cut down costs? Because the primary issue is also the cost of construction,” Umahi commented.
Striking a balance between quality and cost-efficiency is crucial for ensuring the widespread development of durable roads.
Engineers Unite for National Progress
Umahi, who is an engineer himself, called upon fellow engineers to collaborate in the pursuit of road projects that contribute to the nation’s advancement.
He encouraged contractors to align their profit motives with the broader goal of building enduring infrastructure for Nigeria’s citizens.
His message underlines the importance of collective effort and commitment to the nation’s growth.
Government Support for Sustainable Roads
The minister emphasized that the government, under the leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is committed to funding road construction endeavors.
He assured that funds would be made available to facilitate the development of roads that are built to last.
This commitment demonstrates the government’s recognition of the crucial role that high-quality infrastructure plays in national development.
Dave Umahi’s resolute commitment to constructing roads that can withstand the passage of time echoes his dedication to infrastructure excellence.
His innovative use of concrete roads and focus on quality construction offer a roadmap for the nation’s progress.
As Nigeria navigates the challenges of infrastructure development, Umahi’s vision serves as an inspiration to prioritize roads that will endure for generations to come.