Babatunde Raji Fashola, the Minister of Works and Housing, has stated that the roads being constructed in the country are “constructed to a universal global standard.”
According to Vanguard News, Fashola made this known while reeling out the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in the transport sector on Tuesday November 24.
“I think we don’t have our standards, roads are constructed to a universal global standard and those standards are not made by Nigeria, they are uniform standards,” he said. “You can have a minimum and a maximum, in many cases we have reached some maximum because of the quality of finishing they have applied.”
Fashola also disclosed that the ministry uses polymer modified bitumen on the Lagos-Ibadan and Enugu-Port Harcourt roads, instead of the 60/70 bitumen because it is stronger and ensures high standard.
Speaking on the percentage of roads constructed in the country, he said, “It depends on how you want to report, if you want to report cash side of government, it will be about 75 per cent because we have received only third quarter release and that is 75 per cent of 100. But, if you want to measure actual work done, we have done more than 100 per cent.”
He also talked about the construction companies being owed, adding, “Sometimes, if you budget N1 million, the construction company will do N5 million work, that is why we owe more than what is in the budget.
“It is important to understand this, construction companies don’t keep building materials, they don’t keep laterite, gravel, granite, sand and cement, they make order of such materials any time we pay.”
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