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LASG to adopt scientific means of addressing road project failures

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The Lagos State Government, on Wednesday, said that it was adopting scientific means to road constructions to curb unnecessary wastages.

The Special Adviser, Works and Infrastructure, Mrs Aramide Adeyoye, stated this at a stakeholders’ meeting to seek ways to eliminate or reduce the wastages occurring from reworking already completed projects.

A statement issued by Mr Adesegun Ogundeji, Deputy Director, Public Affairs in the ministry, said Adeyoye explained that such practices were having negative impacts on government revenue.

She added that the incessant failure of some newly-constructed and rehabilitated roads before their expected lifespan was unacceptable and would be dealt with.

“It is a major challenge to road management in this clime and this administration is poised to addressing it swiftly and scientifically,” Adeyoye said.

The special adviser said that most road failures were caused by use of substandard construction materials, thereby resulting in speedy disintegration.

“The quality of materials, especially those procured from third parties, can only be determined through laboratory tests and calibration.

“Therefore, standard operating procedure (SOP) will be spelt out in all the construction projects in the state, whether they are being undertaken by government agencies or contractors,’’ she said.

Adeyoye explained that SOP would henceforth ensure that necessary tests and calibration of materials were deployed at every stage of construction in certified laboratories, in line with international best practices.

“We want to go out and fix failed roads, but we must ensure that we get it right so that funds hitherto channelled at reworking roads can be deployed to other projects,” she said.
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Edited by Chioma Ugboma and ‘Wale Sadeeq

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