BY OLUFISOYE ADENITAN
The Minister of Works, Senator Dave Umahi says federal government will adopt the use of concrete pavements on roads as it has more life span than Bitumen roads.
Senator Umahi, who stated this in Akure during a courtesy visit to the Acting Governor of Ondo State,Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa, while on inspection of federal roads in the South-West region of the country.
The minister announced that the recently awarded Akure-Ita-Ogbolu-iju-Ado road would be redesigned to concrete pavements road
He said that concrete roads had been tested in several states, noting that it has a life span of 50 years, compared to Asphalt roads that will only last for 15 years.
Senator Umahi said that any road construction contract that the job was not more than 20 per cent done would be redesigned to concrete pavement roads.
He said that importation of bitumen alone was putting more pressure on the Naira and with the use of concrete pavement roads, it would be more of local content.
Earlier, The Acting Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa,who congratulated the minister on his appointment, commended him for the zeal on his official engagements.
Aiyedatiwa said that most of the federal roads in the state were either deteriorated of poorly maintained, while many suffered severe degradation.
The Acting governor called for the dualization of Ore-Ondo-Akure road and the need to rehabilitate Ore-Okitipupa axis among other federal roads in the state.