Conversion of road to rigid pavement’ll lead to litigation, institute warns 

The Nigerian Institution of Highways and Transportation Engineers (NIHTE) has warned that the conversion of any road project to rigid pavements will be a violation of contractual agreements and this will lead to litigation. 

The Minister of Works, Senator David Umahi, had upon assumption of duty kicked against asphalt road construction and opted for concrete pavement,  saying  the former is money-spinning. 

To this end, the institute urged the Senate to facilitate the presidential assent to the Road Sector Reform Bills with the view to addressing the existing constraints in the road construction sector.

The national chairman of the association, Saidu Hassan, made this known Thursday in a memorandum submitted to the joint House Committee on Works, Environment, Finance, Justice, Science, and Technology, at a day public hearing on the Investigation of the Merits and Demerits of using Cement Concrete for road construction and Asphalt Concrete Technology for Roads Construction in Nigeria, which took place at the National Assembly, Abuja.

“We appreciate the intervention of the National Assembly in the ongoing discussion of the rigid and flexible pavement with the view to bringing down the cost of road execution and boosting socio-economic development.

“Rigid pavement is not strange in Nigerian highways. Construction methods (concrete or asphalt pavement) are not the final solution. Other factors to be considered are; the initial cost of construction maintenance, design criteria, and adequate supervision,” he said.

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