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Nigerian govt bans use of laterite for road construction



The Minister of Works, David Umahi, has banned the use of laterite for road construction in the country.

The minister, according to a statement issued on Friday by the Director of Press and Public Relations in the Ministry, Lere-Adams Blessing, announced the measure while inaugurating a committee on the Reconstruction of the Benin-Warri dual carriageway and the dualization of the East-West Road road in River State.

He ordered contractors to start using lumps, sharp sand, and stone base to form the base before laying concrete or asphalt pavement.

Umahi stressed that laterite has a limited load-bearing capacity, susceptible to erosion and weathering, especially in areas with heavy rainfall.

He said: “We are giving very serious attention to the roads between Benin and Warri. Regarding the road between Eleme and Onne Port, we are mindful of the site conditions of these roads, the water conditions, and the boreholes instead of potholes on these roads.

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“No more laterite, contractors are now to use lumps, sharp sand, and stone base in place of laterite.

“Our contractors can now understand that we are not insisting that things have to change without a reason, but that society is demanding sustainability and integrity of the work they are doing.

“Road infrastructure is one of the key factors for the revolution of our commerce, education, security, and power in this country, and Mr. President is committed to our road infrastructure improvement and thus the ministry is on a mission to uphold the renewed hope agenda of this administration on road infrastructure provision. So we are on a mission and we must take back our country.”

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