The federal government has announced a shift from asphalt to concrete for the construction of highways across Nigeria, aiming to enhance durability and lifespan.

During a visit to the KAMSTEEL Integrated Company Limited plant in Jimba-Oja, Kwara State, Senator David Umahi, Minister of Works, revealed that more than 70% of federal highways are now being designed with concrete.

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“Currently, over 70% of the roads under construction in Nigeria are transitioning from asphalt to concrete. All new road designs are being based on concrete,” Umahi stated.

Expressing satisfaction with the scale and technological advancement of the KAMSTEEL plant, which has generated substantial employment, Umahi urged contractors involved in government projects to prioritize locally manufactured construction materials.

He emphasized that this approach would boost employment, generate revenue, reduce dependence on foreign products, and stabilize the nation’s currency.

“The technology and scale we’ve witnessed here rival those in China and India, offering hope for Nigeria’s infrastructure development.

By utilizing concrete roads and local sourcing of construction materials, we ensure better value for taxpayers’ money,” Umahi affirmed.

Highlighting the government’s commitment to supporting local manufacturers, Umahi indicated plans to integrate local material sourcing requirements into procurement policies to uphold high quality standards, especially for bridges and other critical infrastructure.

Dr. Kamoru Yusuf, Group Managing Director of KAM Holdings Limited, assured the minister of their dedication to producing internationally certified products.

He emphasized the quality and reliability of their flagship product, Elephant TMT, certified by UKCARES for heavy construction projects worldwide.

“We are committed to delivering value to our customers and maintaining international standards in all our products. Contractors using our products can expect consistent quality and reliability,” Yusuf affirmed.