Reports have revealed that Anambra state government uses concrete to patch roads. But the question is, would the road last? And why is the state government using concrete rather than the usual Asphalt for proper road construction?
Responding to the question, the state government said it has resulted to the use of concrete to patch potholes on the roads across the state, due to heavy downpour being experienced in the state.
Mr Marcel Ifejiofor, the State Commissioner for Works, told journalists on Friday in Awka that the use of concrete was a temporary measure to make the roads motorable, pending when the rainy season would abate.
According to him, there is nothing wrong in using concrete to repair roads.
“The intensity of the rains in the last three years is overwhelming.
“It had never happened like this before, and I can boldly say that Anambra roads are better compared to other states.
“Yes, some of our roads are bad, but we have plans for them. Gov. Willie Obiano-led administration is doing the much it can.
“Many of the impassable roads in the state are Federal roads, even we are also working on some of them.
“I want to tell you that there is nothing wrong in patching the roads with concrete, go to some roads in Victoria Island or VGC in Lagos. So many of their roads are done with interlocking tiles.
“Go to Eboyin, they have concrete roads. So, there is nothing wrong with using concrete.
“The pressure from the media on the condition of our roads was too much that we had to find a temporary solution, which is why we are using concrete to patch the roads.
“We are coming back to work on those roads with Asphalt, but you can never use Asphalt when the rains are very heavy.
“That is total waste of money. I’m a certified Engineer, so, I can tell you the facts about roads,” he said.
Ifejiofor said that the roads would be fixed with Asphalt before the end of the year.
“Gov. Obiano is having sleepless nights to make sure that our roads are motorable. By December, something wonderful will happen on our roads.
“I need to also inform you that a road has expiring date, and roads are built for certain axle loads, that is why you have Trunk-A roads, Trunk-B and Trunk-C roads, depending on the type of vehicles that will pass on the road.
“Because, all federal roads in Anambra have failed, the Dangote trucks carrying 900 bags of cement are plying on our local roads which were not designed for that purpose,” he said.