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Housing specialists back dry construction method

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Monday, 26 October 2015 11:23

 

CONSTRUCTION specialists have added their voice to the call for the adoption of a new modern building system known as Kalsi Dry Construction method, which tends to translate the building process into an industrial process in the nation’s housing sector.

The system is a more versatile and faster construction method, allowing up to 70 percent construction time saving possible when compared with the traditional wet construction that involves using of bricks and blocks.

Unlike the traditional brick and block method, the system, requires minimum use of water and it generates minimum construction waste, preserves room temperature and provides energy efficiency.

The experts spoke at the launch of prototype house known as Kalsi Experience Centre by Nigerite Limited in the Lagos premises of the company. The centre consists of a duplex, which embodies the dynamism and precision of the Kalsi boards and offers a glimpse into the remarkable and endless possibilities of the dry construction system.

Commenting on the centre, Chairman Nigerian Institute of Architect, Ladipo Lewis, stated that the Kalsi building board was a welcome development and offers a fresh new possibility for the building and construction industry in Nigeria. He noted that it is high time Nigerians embraced change because of the numerous advantages therein.

Though, the concept of dry construction has been a well-known phenomenon around the world for many years, but it is still largely uncommon in Nigeria, that is why Nigerite Limited, knowing the inherent benefit of this method has taken the initiative to bring the building board solution to Nigeria”, said Nigerite managing Director, adding that Kalsi boards are not intended to displace the wet methods, but that it was meant to complement and create an alternative for builders.

The company however stressed that the advantages of the boards over the traditional methods are endless, capable of saving up to 70 percent of construction time. “It is also cost effective, more durable, stronger, lighter, more adaptable and allows for greater flexibility in construction design”.

Other benefits of the dry process are that it reduces wastages, allows for easy installation of pipes and other services, it is more environment friendly and energy efficient. “When it comes to cost benefit, the real value of the dry construction relies on key factors like speed of installation, the lowest level of maintenance, easy repair, minimal waste of material and optimization in material compared to brick and mortar.”

Chairman, Nigeria Institute of Builders (NIOB), Mr. Gbenga Asimiyu Bashir, noted that in most other parts of the world, dry construction has been an “in-thing”, noted that builders also accepted the building board solution and that it is time Nigeria accorded recognition of the product.
“This technology is acceptable to me and it will fly. I know that with time people will accept it”, Bashir concluded.

The National Vice Chairman, Nigeria Association of Civil Engineers (NACE), Dapo Onaeko, urged Nigerians to embrace the new technology, saying that Kalsi building board solutions that consist of cladding, siding/weather board, partition, ceiling, wet areas, floors, special applications and roof underlay, is a well tested product.

Apart from the foundation of the building, done with the wet process, the other parts of the construction embodied the beauty of the Kalsi building boards. And that included the floors, claddings, partitions, along with the internal and external walls and ceilings”, he said.

Earlier, Managing Director, Nigerite Nigeria Limited, Mr. Le Bris said that the innovative Kalsi board solutions from Nigerite are a step in the right direction, adding, “It is the future of Nigerite and the building industry in Nigeria.”

Chinese Firm Spends U.S.$80,000 On Lagos School Renovation

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Thursday, 15 October 2015 00:00

The China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) on Thursday handed over a six-block classroom renovated at a cost of 80,000 dollars to the Lagos State Government.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Chinese company renovated Satellite Junior Secondary School at Abule-Ado, near Lagos as part of its corporate social responsibility.

The Consul-General of the Chinese Consulate, Mr Liu Kan, handed over the building to the Lagos State Government at a ceremony in Lagos.

Liu said the gesture was to promote friendship between China and Nigeria and to boost education standard in Nigeria.

"The project is an important part of China-Nigeria cooperation.

"It was launched to promote cooperation between Chinese and Nigeria and also to promote friendly exchanges between Chinese and Nigerians.

"We strongly believe that children are the flowers of a country and hope of the future.

"And, we know that Nigeria and China pay great importance to education."

According to him, about 251 students out of the 3,974 Nigerians currently studying in China are being sponsored by the Chinese Government.

The consul-general urged young Nigerians to study hard to know things about the world, including China.

The District-General of the CCECC in the Southwest, Mr Li Bing, said the gesture was part of the company's "unwavering commitment" to fulfilling its corporate social responsibilities in its host communities.

Bing expressed optimism that the renovated building would provide good learning environment for students.

The Lagos State Gov. Akinwumi Ambode, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs Olabisi Ariyo, commended CCECC for renovating the building.

"We appreciate the commitment of the management of CCECC to its corporate social responsibility.

"We will remain committed to supporting the growth of the private sector by providing the enabling environment and promoting investment-friendly policies," she said.

Nigeria, Brazil to Partner On Rice Production, Construction

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Friday, 16 October 2015 00:00

THE governments of Nigeria and Brazil have reached an accord to begin rice production in Nigeria as part of efforts to boost food production and agriculture.

The agreement is also expected to cover housing and sewage management with a goal to provide a good life for Nigerians.

The two countries showed the interest to cooperate on these levels at a meeting between a business delegation from Brazil, and the Permanent Secretary of Nigeria's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Bulus Lolo, who represented Nigeria at the meeting.

Leader of the Brazilian delegation, Evaldo Silva Junior, told journalists in an interview that the delegation was in Nigeria to establish businesses in the areas of construction, agriculture and also management of the sewage.

According to him, Brazil produces 70 per cent of total production of rice in South America.

"We are here to help Nigeria produce rice, develop rice production in Nigeria and to go into discussion about supplying rice to meet up with the extra demand of that will not be met by the production in Nigeria".

"Concerning the sewage management, we are here to have a project, which will help manage the sewage, and change what is coming from the sewage, into bio-fuels through selective process," he said.

In the area of civil construction, Silva noted that Brazil will deploy its technology to assist Nigeria build houses for the poor and people of low income class at cheaper costs and faster rate, using the model known in Brazil as "My Life, My Health", he said.

Responding, Permanent Secretary, Bulus Lolo, represented by the Director of African Bilateral Affairs Department in the Ministry, Ambassador Ozo Nwobu, said, "this is a momentous time for us in Nigeria, there is a tremendous good will for Nigeria and what we as Nigerians must do is to hold ourselves ready to partner with those who will give us impetus for change.

 

Source: TheGuardian

Borno Builds Houses for Bama Returnees

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Tuesday, 20 October 2015 00:00

Work is in progress on 100-housing units in Bama town in Borno State as part of efforts by the Borno State government to rebuild destroyed communities and resettle displaced persons in various IDP camps in Maiduguri metropolis, Governor Kashim Shettima said yesterday.

He was speaking to newsmen in Maiduguri on the progress of work being carried by the Ministry of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement which he recently created to rebuild the destroyed communities.

The governor said his state was 'the most hit' of Boko Haram insurgency compared to the two neighbouring states of Adamawa and Yobe, and had to resettle over 20 per cent of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North-east.

He said in Borno alone, there were 20 local government areas destroyed by Boko Haram, compared to four and two councils in Adamawa and Yobe States.

"In terms of scope and extent, some communities were completely razed down by this madness of Boko Haram insurgents in over five years. In the whole of Gwoza LGA, believe me, not a single town or village was spared while from Bama there are over 400,000 people displaced and currently taking refuge in Maiduguri. In the North-east, there are 3 to 4 million refugees, while nearly 80 per cent of displaced persons are from Borno State," Shettima said.

He lamented placing Borno on the same pedestal with Adamawa and Yobe on insurgency devastation and loss of lives and property.

"I believe we deserve special treatment and we have to commend President Muhammadu Buhari because he has shown passion for the re-charge of the Lake Chad on which over 30 million people rely for their livelihood and sustenance.

"Believe me, this madness will immediately evaporate when the Lake Chad is fully recharged to engage the people in productive ventures," he added.

 

Source: DailyTrust

Kebbi Govt Pledges to Facilitate Completion of World Bank Projects

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Thursday, 22 October 2015 00:00

The Kebbi State Government on Wednesday pledged to facilitate the completion of all World Bank-financed projects in the state.

The Kebbi Governor, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, made the pledge in Birnin Kebbi when he received officials of the state Ministry of Lands and Housing in his office.

"We will do our best to ensure all the projects are completed with maximum cooperation and support for the betterment of our people, " he said.

The governor commended the World Bank and other donors for supporting the state in every way.

Speaking earlier, the state Surveyor-General, Alhaji Musa Koko, told the governor that work toward an additional National Grid line of 330 kv by Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) had commenced, to augment the existing one from Kainji.

Koko said the new line would start from Birnin Kebbi sub-station through Niger Republic, Benin Republic, Togo to Burkina Faso.

"The distance of the project is 880 km and it is being funded by the World Bank and African Development Bank, " he said.

The Federal Government is collaborating with three West African countries as well as the West African Power Pool (WAPP), World Bank and African Development Bank (ADB) on the project.

The collaboration has kicked off Social Impact Assessment for the construction of a high voltage electrical transmission line over a distance of 880 km across the four countries.

Fayose Inaugurates Construction of Ekiti Airport, Meets Teachers

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Saturday, 03 October 2015 00:00

The Ekiti State Government, Friday commenced the construction of the multi-billion naira Airport with the clearing of 4000 hectares of land for its effective take off.

The Airport project which was approved by the late Umaru Musa Yar'Adua administration in 2009 had stalled due to lack of political will of previous administrations.

Meanwhile, the State Government Friday began the screening of over 2,000 applicants that applied for various health positions with the Health Management Board for the recruitment of 100 health personnel into the State Ministry of Health.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Kolawole Aina said those to be recruited among the job seekers would be strictly based on merit and competence because of the sensitivity of the services they render to the society.

Ekiti State Commissioner for Works, Mr. Kayode Oso, who supervised the clearing of Airport site yesterday, told newsmen that Governor Ayodele Fayose had set up a planning Committee for the project a month ago, adding that the Committee had consulted widely with relevant consultancy firms and professionals on the project and also visited several airports in the country for assessment.

Oso, who assured that the Governor Fayose-led administration was desirous of implementing the airport project, also disclosed that relevant professional bodies had approved the project, hence the commencement of works on it. "Today, we are starting the site clearing of 40 hectares of land which would be used for the airport project and we are sure that the project is achievable as a consultant is already working on its cost.

"We are hoping that in two months, we will be through with the site clearing after which the Governor would flag-off construction works on the site.

"The communities that would be affected by the site clearing include Aso-Ayegunle, Ijon, and a part of Afao-Ekiti", he explained.. Secretary of the Aso ayegunle indigenes, Chief Owolabi Solomon who spoke to newsmen men, said: "We have been informed that the government would use our farmlands for the airport project and we even know the areas that would be affected.

"We are happy the government is bringing this laudable development to us but we are also pleading that the government should, as a matter of urgency, find means of compensating us because the farmlands being taken are our only source of livelihood".

While meeting the principals and headmasters of the State public schools in preparation for the World Teachers' Day coming up on Monday, Fayose, pleaded with them to ensure that students' performances in West African Examination Council and National Examination Council improve in the interest of the State.

He promised that his government would continue to celebrate teachers through prompt payment of all benefits, so that the feat achieved in his first term in education could be replicated.

 

Source: This Day

Estate Developer Commends Governor Bindow Over Road Projects

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Sunday, 04 October 2015 00:00

An Estate developer in Bauchi State, Alhaji Rabiu Danjuma has commended the effort of Adamawa State Governor, Bindow Jibrilla for embarking on re-construction of bad roads in the state.

He said the project being undertaken by the governor involve roads which had remained in bad shape for many years.

The Estate developer who is from Adamawa State and holds the traditional title of Maiborno Batta of Batta kingdom in Adamawa state ‎‎commended the governor while addressing journalists in Bauchi.

Danjuma said Bindow's administration will be remembered for the construction of the roads which previous governments left un attended to.

According to him,people have been clamouring for the repairs of the roads since the military era but to no avail until the coming of the Jibirila administration in the state.

Danjuma added that despite the financial crunch being faced by the state, the governor has performed well in the area of roads infrastructure which has received the governor's attention.

Among the roads marked for construction by the governor according to him were;Karewa-Masakare road, Gumti Road along Faro Bottling Company Limited linking Adamawa Sunshine transport park and part of Jambutu Quarters, Wuro Jabbe off Numan road, Yola bye pass to Upper Benue River Development Basin Authority quarters among others.

He said that they have done an independent assessment Alhaji in the North East Region saying that they have appreciated the efforts of the governors in developing the states despite the challenges.

The estate developer however said the effort of the Adamawa State governor was remarkable and will transform the state in a short time.

‎"We saw wonders. We encountered transformation. We saw creativity, experienced innovative ideas. We met one-on-one with an ongoing roads network construction development partners. We saw newly reconstructed roads that are unmotorable in the last 35 years but the government of his Excellency Bindow is now working to repair about 30 roads, all these developmental stride in just less than five months of his administration.

 

Source: Daily Trust

Dangote Commissions Tanzania Cement Plant in October

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Monday, 28 September 2015 00:00

Africa's foremost cement manufacturer, Dangote Cement is set to commission its new 3.0 million metric tonnes per annum cement plant located in Mtwara District of Tanzania on October 10, 2015.

The company will also hold the ground-breaking ceremony for 25 hectares of jetty land at Mgao village in Mtwara District in the country the same day.

The commissioning of the new cement plant, which is part of the company's Africa expansion strategy, will be the fourth in the series after Ethiopia, Zambia and Cameroun. Cement plants due for commissioning this year are located in Senegal and South Africa, while construction works are ongoing in several other African countries.

The ground-breaking for the Tanzanian cement plant was done on May 27, 2013 and within 24 months, the plant is now ready for commissioning. With the plant in operation, Tanzania is on its way to become one of the African countries which are self-sufficient in cement production.

Governments and distinguished Africans have been commending the President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote for his massive investments across Africa. Nigeria's Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, at the commissioning of the plant in Zambia, lauded Dangote on his investments in several African countries, saying the Nigerian government was proud of him.

Osinbajo, who described Aliko Dangote as an exceptional African entrepreneur, commended his phenomenal vision, entrepreneurship and commitment to the development of Africa and Africans.

The VP said, "Dangote is a Nigerian from Kano State, and a pan-Nigerian and pan-African who has done us all proud. His companies spread over 16 African countries are a signal of an African multinational enterprise."

Cameroonian President, Paul Biya, at the commissioning of the 1.5 million metric tonnes per annum Dangote Cement grinding plant in Douala, thanked Dangote for his massive investments in cement plants across Africa. Biya expressed delight that Dangote has shown a willingness to play a significant role in the industrialization of the Cameroonian economy.

Zambian President, Edgar Lungu who also praised Dangote's business ingenuity, said "his business expansion across Africa is worthy of emulation by African businessmen in the task of continental development."

To Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, Dangote has spurred the industrialization of many African economies through the establishment of integrated cement plants, which are geared towards making those countries self-sufficient in cement production.

 

Source: Daily Times

Govt Tasks Quantity Surveyors Over High Cost of Construction

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Tuesday, 22 September 2015 00:00

The Federal Government has tasked Quantity Surveyors (QS) to tackle the challenge of high cost of construction of infrastructural projects in the country.

The Director in charge of Buildings, Federal Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Mr. Olusegun Bolarinwa, made the disclosure on behalf of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. George Ossi, at the 2015 Annual Conference of the Quantity Surveyors Registration Board of Nigeria (QSRBN), in Abuja.

Ossi said: "The ministry and government at large will be counting on your widely acclaimed expertise in cost management of construction projects and infrastructure to put the country back on the right track to sustainable growth and development."

The Permanent Secretary, challenged the QS practitioners to leverage on their professional expertise to promote resource optimization and value maximization in construction project implementation.

He said the conference theme: Strategic options for the Nigerian Quantity Surveyor provides an opportunity for the body not only to keep its members abreast with the rapidly expanding knowledge frontiers in the profession, but also for them to examine the strategic options available to serve the country in the most optimal fashion in decades ahead.

In a remark, the President, QSRBN, Mr. Hussaini Dikko, said, the conference will strive towards promoting probity, accountability, efficient resource management, due process and corporate governance as part of its contribution towards the fight against corruption in the society.

He said studies have shown that cost of construction of projects in Nigeria is highest in Africa, blaming it on corruption and lack of adherence to due process policies by agencies of government.

He admitted that the country is currently being ravaged by corruption, adding that the society will appreciate the quantity surveying practice if it can provide the expertise that will win the war against corruption.

Dikko said: "Integrity must be our watchword as quantity surveyors. We must not only preach it, we must live it.

"We must use the profession as a standard of what is right and honourable."

The QSRBN boss, urged the QS members, to engage in continuous learning and knowledge upgrade to be able to appropriate the opportunities that the next two decades will throw up in the profession and the challenges that will come with it.

 

Source: ThisDay

Road Maintenance - Govt's N522 Billion Debts to States

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Thursday, 24 September 2015 00:00

Politics Of State And Federal Roads

The issue of repairing and maintaining federal roads in the country have elicited series of debates as to why the roads, despite the huge amount of money being claimed to have been spent on repairing and maintaining them, they are still in dilapidated conditions.

Former Minister of Works in the former administration of President Goodluck Jonathan, Arch Mike Onolememe, had in an interview in one of the national dailies given an insight on the deplorable situation of Nigerian roads and what and how the then government was trying to fix the roads.

He explained that in terms of relationship between states and the Federal Government, most especially Lagos State, "Don't forget that Lagos was the capital of Nigeria for many years, and that is the state where the Federal Government has the highest number of roads. Remove federal roads from Lagos, what is left?

"Is it the Ikorodu Expressway, the Third Mainland Bridge, the Oworoshoki-Apapa Road, Hebert Macaulay Road or Marina Road? All these are federal roads, so you now find that many of the major federal roads in Lagos have over the years been maintained. I give it to the Lagos State government; they also do their bit because it serves their people.

"When we had the Council of Works meeting in Lagos in 2012, one of our resolutions at that meeting was that we now want to create a radius around state capital or cities where federal roads traverse. Federal roads basically ought to connect one state to another, so we are now experimenting with the issue of creating bypasses so that we are not brought into the issue of urban alignment because it is not Federal Government's responsibility to provide urban alignment that would provide access to building and businesses.

"The Federal Government doesn't collect taxes from those people. So it is the state government that collects those taxes, so they should be able to fix those roads.

And if you look at the politics of state and federal roads, you will find out that particularly during the military regime, state governments surrendered most of these roads to the Federal Government. So the Federal Government reluctantly assumed ownership of some of them, and we know these roads in question.

"If you go into the Federal Highways Act, you will see the real federal roads because they are there. Legally speaking, any road that has not been gazetted as a federal road cannot really claim to be such because every federal road has a route number, and all the federal roads with route numbers are contained as appendixes in the schedule under the Federal Highways Act of 1971.

"During the regime of the late President Yar'Adua, the Federal Government in its wisdom approved the guidelines for intervention by state governments on federal roads. And these guidelines are very clear; if you are a state government, you must write to the Federal Government, in fact to the President telling him that you want to carry out repairs of so and so road. Or you could write to the Minister of Works, who will, in turn, inform the President.

"The request is evaluated, and if the road is of economic significance, and it truly connects one state to the other, more often than not, it is recommended that the President give approval for intervention by the state government.

"Once such approval is granted, all the procurement processes must be in line with the Public Procurement Act at the federal level. After award of the contract, staff of the Federal Ministry of Works domiciled in that state must be part of the supervision of the project. Once a state meets these guidelines, we, as federal take responsibility for refund.

"But what you see is that, most times, some state governors just wake up, and they give contracts without our knowledge and without following the guidelines. They then go to the media to say the Federal Government owes them so much billions of naira. It is akin to having a house which you gave to a tenant; one day you travelled and returned and the tenant slams you with a hefty bill that he has done renovation in the house, and he wants you to refund N15 billion. How will you react?

"Without your consent as the landlord, a tenant should not go into that kind of thing. We at the federal level also have a budget, and we need to plan for our road development. If such a project is part of our plan, why not? There have been a number of state governments we have refunded money to in the past, like Ekiti State Government.

"In November last year, about N8billion was paid out to a number of state governments as refund for roads repairs under the Goodluck Jonathan regime. So it is an ongoing thing, but this is for state governments that comply with the guidelines. If you investigate, many of the states crying foul in the request for money are people who just did streets, urban alignments that have no bearing with the interstate traffic.

"These are the challenges; we are looking into the matter by engaging with the states, and we believe that we should be able to work together, once due process is followed based on the guidelines," he explained.

FERMA's Quick-Fix Efforts

He also said that the administration did so much to enhance the operations of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) for them to be able to move swiftly and fix roads that need patching within their arears.

"We have been able to buy about 42 FK Beckham Road Patchers for FERMA and their staff are being trained, such that they can deploy to any part within their state to patch roads. This will help us do away with the practice of cutting roads and leaving them for weeks or months, a thing that has led to untimely deaths, through accidents in the past.

Also, he opined that President Jonathan, in late 2011, approved that 500 young Nigerian engineers be employed in the Federal Ministry of Works.

On Kano-Kaduna and Kano-Maiduguri roads, he noted that there is the need for effective culture of maintenance.

"If you look at the design of Kano-Kaduna Road, it was to last for 25 years; after the 25 years, a major rehabilitation ought to have taken place. But what has happened in our system is that we have not had enough budgetary provision for us to maintain that road the way it ought to have been maintained because, at that point, we are supposed to remove the entire wearing course, stabilise the base course and do complete asphalt overlay.

We have not been able to do that because of the cost. Ask yourself, how much is budgeted for road works in Nigeria? For a road network of 35,000km, sometimes we receive as little as N60 to N70 billion. For years, the military did not even budget up to N10 billion for those roads.

"You can compare our situation with little countries like Zambia, which has a total road network of 7,000km. But if you go to Zambia, you will find that they spend, on the average, about 1billion USD yearly on their roads. But here we are with about 35,000km, which is five times the road network of Zambia, and we are not able to spend 50 percent of what Zambians are spending on their roads. So if you look at that, it gives you a graphic picture of why we are where we are.

"The Kano-Maiduguri Road was not awarded by the Sani Abacha administration. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo awarded the dualisation in 2006. Unfortunately, if you look at the history, between 2006 and 2009, you will find out that there was no much progress on the road. In some sections, we couldn't even pay compensation and the contractor did not have access to site.

A case in point is in the Kano to Wudil section. It was when we came on board that we paid compensation before we were able to open the right of way to the contractor to commence work. But for the SURE P enhanced funding, that road would have been still far from the level we have achieved".

PPP And Toll Gates Option

On the Public Private Sector Partnership (PPP) and the possible reintroduction of toll gates on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway he said his Ministry had decided that it is the only economical routes on which private sector resources have been deployed in completing the long stretch of roads and so the reintroduction of toll plazas, was inevitable. "Tolling is part of international best practice because when you borrow money from the private sector to do an infrastructural project, the project itself should pay back.

"That is why we do the outline and final business case studies, which have all proved that Lagos-Ibadan Expressway is a viable road, and that, based on traffic flow on the road, investors would be able to recoup their investments. It is in line with international best practice, and one of the things we need to do in order to guarantee sustainable maintenance of our federal highways across the country.

"This is not new in Nigeria; even in those days, when government had to use its funds to carry out major dual carriage way projects, at the end of the projects, they put in place toll plazas, at least to guarantee the maintenance of those roads, even if it was not geared towards recouping the investment.

On the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA), and the possibility of creating jobs for millions of unemployed Nigerians, the Minister said FERMA has been in existence since about 2002 and, in 2005, the law was revised. "As we know it, FERMA has a direct labour unit component, where quite a number of Nigerians have been employed within the past one year, under SURE-P. In every local government, we have people who now work directly for FERMA for the maintenance of roads, and road shoulders.

"However, these crews are not trained enough to embark on major maintenance works in terms of stretches of failed portions of federal roads where asphalt overlay is needed. But we intend to develop capacity in FERMA to such an extent that in the not too distant time, FERMA operatives would be able to do all of that. That is why are establishing asphalt plants for FERMA on zonal basis, and we are also equipping them.

On federal roads, which were once very good but now in various stages of disrepair, which includes the Benin-Asaba Road and the possibility of tolling all federal highways to generate money for their maintenance, the former Minister of Works had this to say: "The Federal Government cannot have such a policy to charge tolls on all federal roads for very obvious reasons. Government itself has a social responsibility to the people. A road network serves two purposes, first as an artery to support economic activities, like hauling tons of cement, iron billets, bitumen and other different articles.

"These are strictly economic activities; a road is expected to also serve social activities, that is for social and national integration among different sections of the country, so government has that responsibility, and as such cannot toll every road. However, we also believe that what government is doing by establishing tolls on all roads on which private sector funds have been expended is a good way of arresting some of these problems.

"I say so because if we are able to get the arterial routes right, and they are now able to fend for themselves and pay for their own maintenance, government resources will be freer to handle those other road projects that have social impacts in terms of national integration.

 

Source: Daily Independent

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