NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT HALTS ROAD PROJECTS IN SOUTH-EAST STATES FOR CONTRACT REVIEW

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Former Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi, who currently serves as the Minister of Works, has ordered the temporary halt of several road construction projects in the South-East region. This decision comes as Umahi expressed concern over the high cost of ongoing projects; particularly four bridges and three additional kilometers of work, amounting to a staggering N15 billion.

During an inspection of federal road projects in Enugu State, Umahi emphasized the need for a comprehensive review of existing and additional contracts. He directed ministry directors to engage with the contractors in order to reassess the costs. Umahi firmly believes that these projects should not exceed a budget of three to four billion naira. He emphasized that exorbitant project costs can lead to prolonged construction timelines; spanning a decade or more.

Projects that fell under scrutiny included the Ozalla-Akpugo-Amangunze-Isu Onicha (Enugu-Onitsha) route and the rehabilitation of the Old Enugu-Onitsha road; both executed by Arab Contractors. Additionally, projects like the Nenwe-Nomeh-Mburubu-Nara road and the Nsukka-Ikem, Eha Amufu-Nkalagu rehabilitation were reviewed.

Umahi praised the quality of work on certain roads in Enugu but suspended payments to RCC and Arab Contractors pending contract reviews. He issued a seven-day ultimatum for the contractor responsible for the Mmaku road to return and complete the binder course. Moreover, he instructed that the right-hand side of the Enugu-Onitsha expressway be constructed with concrete to reduce costs.

The minister identified a common issue in road construction practices; where contractors leave the binder course unattended for extended periods, resulting in its failure. He emphasized the importance of promptly covering the binder course to prevent water damage; thereby saving contractors from incurring additional expenses.

Umahi shed light on a critical aspect contributing to the failure of Nigerian roads: substandard asphalt derived from adulterated bitumen imported into the country. He stressed that road failures are primarily attributed to poor asphalt quality rather than sub-base or subgrade issues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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