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“Road Contractors Obliged to Sign 30-Year Indemnity Agreements, Announces Minister Umahi”

September 4, 2023

Photo Credit: Nigerian Tribune

The Minister of Works, David Umahi, has unveiled a significant change in the government’s approach to road construction projects. Under the “Renewed Hope Agenda,” contractors responsible for federal government road projects will now be required to sign an indemnity agreement spanning 30 years for their contracts.

Speaking to the media at the Ministry of Works’ Mabushi Headquarters, Umahi outlined the rationale behind this decision. He emphasized that roads constructed using concrete technology can have a lifespan of up to 50 years, while those employing asphalt technology are expected to endure for 30 years.

Importantly, the minister clarified that contractors will not be compelled to use concrete for road construction, but the government’s priority is to create robust and long-lasting road infrastructure. This move is aimed at ensuring value for money, requiring a firm commitment from contractors who will receive compensation for their work.

Umahi also stressed the importance of contractors maintaining clear and visible road sides as part of their responsibilities. This initiative aims to enhance safety and visibility on both sides of the highway.

Stay tuned for more details on this significant development in road construction policies.

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