Minister of Works Dismisses Claims Of Personal Agenda

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Engr. David Umahi at the briefing on Monday.

Abuja – September 05 – Mediaage NG News – Nigeria’s Minister of Works, David Umahi, yesterday in Abuja, debunked rumours making the rounds that he is eager to pave a way for his company to take over contracts.

He also dared contractors threatening litigation over the ministry’s plan to encourage the use of concrete as an alternative to asphalt for road construction.

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Umahi challenged those threatening to go to court to go ahead, saying the ministry under his leadership had done nothing outside the provisions of the law.

While reiterating the ministry’s transparency in engaging contractors in line with the general condition of contracts, which he said is the standard practice all engineers were expected to abide by, Umahi reminded all that Clause 51 of the contractual agreement on road construction empowered the ministry to direct a contractor to change from asphalt to concrete layout.

He explained that his preference for concrete roads was “due to the fact that it has at least 50 years shelf life, will reduce the pressure on naira, boost the economy of the country and create employment, since there are indigenous companies producing cement, unlike bitumen being imported for asphalt”.

Umahi declared that any contractor insisting on asphalt roads must sign an agreement that it will last for at least thirty years, which is the shelf life, as Nigerians must get value for their taxes.

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