Newly appointed Minister of Works, David Umahi, has promised Nigerians that he will dialogue with manufacturers of cement to see how they can reduce their products.
According to Umahi, some contractors believed the cost of cement is cheaper if it is being imported into the country. He stressed that if the assertion is correct then cement manufacturers have to be reasonable with Nigerians if they want to keep importation of the products ‘illegal.’
He also emphasized on the importance of using concrete technology in order to build roads that would last for the minimum of 50 years.
While speaking on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily, he was quoted to have said: “I’m going to be running figures with them (cement manufacturers) to check the cost of cement if we import it and the cost they are giving us here.
“A lot of contractors have complained that it is cheaper to import, but we are not allowed to import cement because we have to help the cement industries, but they also have to be reasonable with us if we are going to be patronising them. There is a need to use concrete technology. It’s going to make our roads last for a minimum of 50 years.”
The former Governor of Ebonyi State was named among the names of 48 nominees submitted to the Senate by President Bola Tinubu, and was among the 45 who were confirmed and sworn in as ministers on Monday.
He also disclosed during the interview that the President Tinubu-led ainostration is ready to fund contraction of quality roads across the county.
One of the notable project under the former government is the completion of the 2nd Niger Bridge. The project was executed by former Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos state.