The Ohanaeze Ndigbo, apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, has expressed its admiration for the Minister of Works, Dave Umahi, for his unwavering commitment and resilience in the face of challenges and resistance in his line of duty.
Ohanaeze said Umahi’s insistence on concrete technology would make the minister a pillar in President Bola Tinubu’s administration.
The group lauded the minister’s dedication to constructing new Super Highways and using cement technology for road pavement construction, a move approved by President Tinubu.
A statement by the factional Secretary-General of Ohanaeze, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, said the cement concrete innovative approach, which promises roads that will last more than 50 years, was initially met with resistance from some contractors who cited the high cost of cement as a deterrent.
However, a statement by Isiguzoro said the recent “crash in the prices of BUA Cement has vindicated Senator Umahi’s position on cement technology. The high demand for cement technology has led to a decrease in the prices of cement, eliminating any excuses for not implementing Senator Umahi’s recommendation for cement technology.”
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The Ohanaeze noted that the “Nigerian populace’s expectations for durable roads built with cement technology are now feasible.
“The craving for roads that will last 50 years has made Senator Engineer Dave Umahi a celebrated figure and the pillar of President Tinubu’s administration.”
The group also commended Umahi for his peaceful resolution with the staff and workers of the Ministry of Works, referring to the situation as a “family friction”.
“His fatherly approach to change workers’ attitudes towards lateness to work has been well received,” he said.
Ohanaeze further urged Tinubu to release more funds to the Ministry of Works for smooth operations in line with the Renewed Hope Agenda.