September 4, 2016

Onuesoke advises N’Delta governors to construct roads with concrete

Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and  environmentalist, Chief Sunny Onuesoke, has advised governors in the Niger Delta region  to construct roads with concrete  instead of  bitumen because of the watery terrain of the region.

Onuesoke, who gave the advice while playing host to SMART Ambassadors Coordinator, Comrade Olueh Eddy, in his office at Warri, Delta State, argued that it is  better to construct concrete roads in watery environment because of  durability and cost effectiveness.

He observed that roads built with concrete are hard  and considerably less prone to wear and tear  that can occur with bitumen road surfaces.

The  environmentalist advised that it is cheaper to do a concrete road that will last  50 years  than to do a bitumen road that will not last the distance, adding that it will also help to eliminate corruption because roads built with bitumen will have to be regularly maintained, unlike concrete roads.

“The low maintenance requirement and durability is one of the principal advantages of concrete roads and highways.   In the 1970s, the then governor of Mid-West State, Brig-Gen Samuel Ogbemudia, used  concrete  to construct  muddy Warri-Sapele Road, Market Road and Erejuwa Street in Warri, Delta State. The roads are still there  today, while roads constructed with bitumen after these roads were constructed have under gone maintenance severally and still were washed away by swampy,”he stated.”