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I Have Noticed That Some Federal Road Projects Have Been Ongoing For The Past 20 Years – Dave Umahi

In the wake of the riot act he read out to contractors over the delivery of quality projects at affordable costs, former Ebonyi State Governor, Engr. David Umahi has come out to explain how he discovered several anomalies on the ongoing federal road projects shortly after resuming office as Minister of Works and Housing.

Speaking during an interview on Channels TV’s ‘Politics Today’ on Thursday, Umahi, who was sworn in alongside 44 other persons as Minister at the Aso Rock Villa on Monday, stated that he has discovered some federal road construction projects that have been ongoing for over two decades.

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He went on to say that the least project with such duration is 3 years, insisting that it should not be so.

Going further, the former Ebonyi State Governor accused contractors of deliberately elongating the period required to execute a road project simply because they want to maximize profit.

He said; “Yes, I noticed that some federal road projects had been ongoing for the past 20 years. Some have been on for twelve years. I think the minimum I saw was about three years, and that is not very healthy for the country.

I also noticed that some of the projects, while I was on the roads, have become bad. I equally found out that the lifespan of most of our roads are between five to seven years, that shouldn’t be. This is why we keep putting money on road projects every year and not getting value for it.”

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SOURCE: YouTube (Forward video to 3:16).

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