Apex Igbo Socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide, has called on the Presidency and the National Assembly to make priority the use of cement technology in the construction of federal highways in 2024.
Ohanaeze also urged them to rescind non-compliant contracts that do not comply with the directive.
A statement signed on Wednesday by Ohanaeze’s Secretary-general, Mazi Okechukwu lsiguzoro, commended President Ahmed Bola Tinubu and the Ministry of Works for approving funds also overseeing the ongoing repairs of federal highways across the country.
The lgbo body stated that as a result of these initiatives, the confidence of Nigerians has been restored.
According to the statement, For the first time in many years, Nigerians are witnessing the construction of high-quality and durable roads utilizing concrete and cement technology, which have a lifespan of up to 50 years.
“It has come to our attention that some contractors are not complying with the Federal Government’s directives to construct our federal highways with concrete and cement technology.
“This technology not only serves as a cost-effective approach but also significantly reduces the need for foreign exchange, prevents frequent upward reviews of road projects, and ensures long-lasting infrastructure.
“In contrast, asphalt roads have a lifespan of only 10 years, and the prices of asphalt are experiencing a geometric progression. On the other hand, the rise in the price of concrete is based on arithmetic progression, making it a far more sustainable and economical choice.
“Contractors who deviate from these directives are unnecessarily utilizing taxpayers’ money and must be held accountable.
The organisation strongly urged the Presidency, through the Ministry of Works, and the National Assembly to cooperate in enforcing the laws and regulations that support the use of concrete and cement technology in the construction of federal highways in 2024.
Nothing that it would not only boost the economy of the country, but also create employment opportunities for the teeming youths in line with the local content regulations.
“It is imperative that the construction of all federal highways strictly adheres to the use of concrete.Alternatively, the National Assembly should consider enacting or amending existing laws to empower the federal government to revoke non-compliant contracts and engage competent local contractors for the execution of all projects.
Ohanaeze Lauded the Minister of Works, Engr. David Umahi for demonstrating both the expertise and political will necessary to replicate the successes achieved in Ebonyi State on a larger scale by prioritizing cement technology.
While expedite the delivery of top-notch highways and standard roads throughout the country in 2024, ensuring that Nigerians enjoy a well-connected road network in line with President Tinubu’s renewed hope agenda.