Umahi inspects South-South roads, makes case for indigenous contractors

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By Tony Udemba

 

In line with the vision of the Ahmed Tinubu-led administration to promote local content as a major game changer in its economic recovery plans, the Minister of Works, Sen. David Umahi, has assured the preparedness of his ministry to engage the expertise of local contractors in the ongoing rehabilitation and construction of roads across the nation. He stated that his Ministry would promote indigenous resources, skills, and capacities by creating more opportunities for local contractors in the construction industry, particularly in the innovation of concrete technology being used in tough terrains across the nation. The minister made this statement when he visited some flood sections along the East-West Road in Delta State, undergoing remedial works.

The minister, who was well impressed by the good job being executed by the contractor, True Tech Nigeria Ltd, promised that the Ministry of Works would do everything possible to ensure value for money and create wealth and jobs for indigenous professionals and technicians. He further promised to introduce engineering solutions that would be more economical, and discourage delays in project delivery. According to him, “We have about 10 different washouts, which we are providing multiple culverts in place of a decompile, which would have been much more expensive. But our solution is very economical, and it will solve the engineering problems. And then we’re raising the road level above the flood level. And we are also using a concrete pavement to do it.” He added, “We’re also going to put solar light, at least let it be the signature of Mr. President, and that will be the microcosm of the macrocosm of what Nigerians should expect on our roads under the administration of Mr. President”

Similarly, the Minister of Works, Dave Umahi, has directed all Controllers of Works in the ministry to ensure that all contractors use 70% stone base aggregate with only 30% dust base to form the base of the road construction jobs. He gave this directive when he inspected the dualization of Sapele- Agbor road, route no. 3 in Delta State, handled by CGC Nigeria Ltd. He commended the construction company for their good job, saying, ” CGC is known for a good job. I commend you for the one I have seen. It’s good, so we will do everything to assist you, but listen to our directives. Follow the existing asphalt, pulverize it, and put a 20cm stone base. Don’t use a dust base. ”

The Minister also inspected the rehabilitation of the Warri- Sapele road via route no. 2, section 3 in Delta State, handled by SKECC Nigeria Ltd; the Benin- Warri road rehabilitation, section 2, Sapele- Imasabor, handled by Geld Construction Nig Ltd/ Tracter Nigeria Ltd in Delta State; Benin- Warri road, section 1( Imasabor- Benin in Edo State, handled by Levant Nigeria Ltd; as well as the Benin- Agbor route no 4 and Benin By-pass route 5 all in Edo State, gave an ultimatum directing Geld Construction Nigeria Ltd/ Tracter Nigeria Ltd to within 14 days justify the mobilization received or have their job terminated. He warned, “After 14 days of this warning notice and nothing is happening, I will come and terminate the job.”

Picture: The Minister on the inspection tour

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