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FG to use concrete technology for proposed Lagos-Abidjan road construction — Umahi

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The Minister of Works Dave Umahi, has promised to ensure that the Nigerian section of the proposed Lagos – Abidjan will be built using concrete technology.

He also said that for ease of work and speedy completion, the highway project should be divided into sections.

The Assistant Director, of Information, Clement Ezeorah, in a statement made available on Wednesday, said the minister stated this when he met with a delegation from the Economic Community Of West African States led by the Commissioner for Infrastructure, Energy and Digitalization Engr. Sediko Douka in Abuja.

During the meeting, Umahi vowed to fast-track the completion of the country’s 79.5km section of the highway while adapting to feasibility results and technical studies.

The 1,028 km road project was initiated by the Heads of State and Governments of the Corridor Member States namely: Benin 128km, Cote d’Ivoire 155km, Ghana 576km, Nigeria 79.5km and Togo 89.2km in Yamoussoukro, Cote D’Ivoire.

The former Ebonyi governor, advocating the use of concrete pavement stressed that the roads will be constructed without issues of portholes or washout and can withstand heavy traffic loads, low maintenance with a longer lifespan.

He said: “There are a lot of advantages when using concrete to construct roads. Concrete roads last longer compared to asphalt roads and reduce the need for frequent repairs and maintenance. It is stronger and can withstand heavy traffic loads, it also has low maintenance and this has been adopted by the Nigerian government.

“Also, I think for ease of work and speedy completion, the project should be sectioned and put in a process to make the project achievable because some sections might be viable while some other sections might not be.”

According to him, the road project when completed would propel rapid integration of the region, boost commercial activities, and improve social development among member states.

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