THE Federal Government has stated that the push for the widespread adoption of concrete roads instead of traditional asphalt surfaces is driven by the cost-effectiveness and durability offered.
According to the Minister of Works, Dave Umahi, concrete roads are expected to yield long-term benefits with a 50-year lifespan.
Umahi, who stated this in Akure, Ondo State capital, stressed that the decision to promote concrete roads aligns with the federal government’s commitment to optimizing infrastructure investments and ensuring sustainable development across the country.
While inspecting the construction of the Akure-Ado Ekiti road, he stated that all ongoing road projects across the country that are not more than 20 percent done, will be redesigned to concrete pavement.
“A very important thing that I must let you know is the issue of the introduction of concrete technology on our roads.
“My argument is that you see a lot of roads that are built on concrete with a shelf life of 50 years.
“Not only that, you find out that we are having so much pressure on the Naira; the importation of bitumen is putting a lot of pressure on the Naira, so cement has a local content; almost everything we need is not produced in Nigeria.”