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.”