The federal government is set to usher in a new era of road project management aimed at reducing delays and ensuring better project outcomes.

Minister of Works Dave Umahi made this announcement following a meeting with President Bola Tinubu on Tuesday in Abuja.

Umahi emphasized the need for a transformation in the way road projects are contracted. He pointed out a recurring issue where contractors take on multiple road projects without the necessary equipment and capabilities, leading to significant delays and, in some cases, project abandonment.

“The delay of contractor completion has been identified as the propensity of contractors to take on several road projects that they do not have the equipment to tackle,” stated the minister.

“This has led to delays and sometimes abandonment of projects across the country. This needs to change so that the renewed hope of the Tinubu-led administration can reach and benefit the people.”

Additionally, Mr. Umahi revealed that President Tinubu has given the green light to contracts for several critical road projects in need of urgent attention, including the rehabilitation of the Benin-Sapele Road, Third Mainland Bridge, and the East-West Road.

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Addressing the use of asphalt in road construction, the minister disclosed that contractors will be allowed to use asphalt with specific conditions aimed at guaranteeing the quality and durability of the projects.

“The ministry is only providing an alternative to asphalt by introducing the use of concrete in road constructions. But if any contractor wishes to continue with asphalt, then he must meet the conditions,” Mr. Umahi explained.

“The conditions are that you will guarantee Nigerians that when you finish this asphalt road job, you are very sure it will not fail within at least 15 years.”

Regarding the longevity of road projects, Mr. Umahi highlighted, “The design shelf life is 20 years, but assure us in writing from a reputable insurance company and from their own company that this road will not fail within 15 years.”

He stressed that concrete is a reliable and durable alternative to asphalt, offering potential job creation and support for local industries.

In conclusion, Mr. Umahi called for the collaboration of all stakeholders to support the government’s reform efforts, with a strong resolve to bring about a new era of economic prosperity for the Nigerian people. He firmly stated that no group or individual’s opposition would deter the administration’s commitment to enacting positive change.