David Umahi, minister of works, says he will dialogue with
cement manufacturers over reducing the prices of their products.
He spoke on Thursday while featuring on Sunrise Daily, a
Channels Television programme.
The minister said contractors have complained over the high
cost of cement in the country and made claims that importing the product would
“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,” he said.
“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.”
Umahi also said the administration of President Bola Tinubu
is ready to provide funds for the construction of quality roads in the country.
“We are looking at
all these things. How do we cut down costs? Because the primary issue is also
the cost of construction,” the minister said.
“We are looking at the figures but it looks like a lot of
contractors are not willing, but I will make them to make the change – we are
“I am telling them your profit, I will protect whatever
thing you want to make but, let’s help Nigeria, let’s build a road that will
last and the funny thing is that the government – the president will give out
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