Reps to investigate Umahi’s concrete road technology

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The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate the adoption of concrete technology for road construction as ordered by the Minister of Works, Dave Umahi.

This was sequel to a motion moved by Zainab Bukar on Thursday.

In the motion, Bukar said the adoption of concrete technology for roads could have significant cost implications for contractors.

She said the minister is pushing for the adoption of the road construction system without adequate study of the comparative implications.

The lawmaker expressed concerns that “the Minister of Works’ new policy on cement concrete pavement adoption without in-depth studies of the comparative advantages/disadvantages with asphalt may contradict technical specifications, potentially leading to contract breaches and potential arbitration and litigations during a challenging economic time”.

Consequently, the lower chamber mandated its Committees on Works, Environment, Finance and Judiciary to investigate the merits and demerits of using cement concrete for road construction and asphalt and report back within three weeks for further legislative action.

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