Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has called on the Federal Government to use concrete in the implementation of its road projects in the South East and South South Zones. Chief Umahi made the call while receiving a team from an Indigenous cement firm at Government House Abakaliki.
He said about five hundred kilometers of roads completed by his administration in the last three years were on eight inches concrete pavement. The Governor pointed out that the choice of concrete for road projects in the state was as a result of the nature of soil in the area and more cost effective in the redevelopment of road infrastructure.
Chief Umahi emphasized that many developed and developing countries such as United States, United Arab Emirate and Saudi Arabia had embraced concrete road and urged the Federal Government to take a queue. He urged the firm to urgently set up its cement factory as his administration was collaborating with other firms to ensure that about four functional cement plants come on stream before he completes his tenure.
The Chairman of the firm, Mr Kabiru Rabiu said the company would soon unveil its roll out plan for the construction of a cement factory in the state.
Radio Nigeria gathered that the cement factory will be sited on a twenty three point eight square kilometre land in Ishielu and Ohaukwu Local Government Areas.