The Minister of Works, Dave Umahi, says none of the ongoing road projects in the country can last for seven years.
He said this in Abuja Tuesday while meeting with contractors handling federal road projects.
He alleged that contractors cheated Nigerians with the materials used to construct roads.
He said: “There is no project being constructed right now in Nigeria that is going to last for seven years. The question is: are we going to be maintaining or reconstructing our roads after every 10 years? That is what we’ve been doing.
“I spent 14 hours on the road having started my journey from 10am and got to Benin City at 2pm the next day and I was very happy I experienced the pains. President Tinubu said I must travel through all the projects so that I’ll brief him on my experience and tell him the truth.”
He described the claims that cement price would hit N9,000 per bag if the government does concrete roads as false and a big campaign of blackmail against him by the cabals in the construction industry.
“I travelled to the South West, I’m not totally unhappy with the project there and supervision as I gave them 80 marks. I’m happy that the directors are doing their work. I went to the part of the North Central, I’m very dissatisfied with the quality work and supervision. I went to Kaduna and I disagree with the design of the Abuja-Kaduna- Zaria-Kano Road.”
He said the blood of road accident victims was on the ministry workers who failed to supervise contracts as expected.
“Unless Mr President does something about it, his lofty intention to help this country may not totally be achieved. Documents will be sent to the Bureau of Public Procurement for no objection certificate and it’ll stay for six months. How will the contractors do the additional job you directed them to do without a backup authorisation.”