The Ohanaeze Ndigbo has appealed to President Bola Tinubu to throw his massive support behind the plans of the Minister of Works, David Umahi, to introduce cutting-edge cement technology on roads across the nation.
This is as the Anambra State Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, on Saturday backed the move by the Minister of Works and Housing, Chief Dave Umahi, to dump asphalt for concrete technology in road construction.
The apex socio-political body of the Ndigbo community urged the Presidency not to wait till a supplementary budget was passed before the ministry began work during the forthcoming dry season.
Suggesting that a lack of funds should not hinder the ministry, they suggested that the ministry can be alternatively funded through other sources.
In an official statement released by its Secretary-General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the body underlined the paramount importance of developing robust and durable road infrastructure on a nationwide scale and stressed that Umahi’s appointment by President Tinubu was a judicious match of talent to task, akin to placing a square peg in a square hole.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo wishes to appeal to the President to ensure the immediate release of funds through a special purpose vehicle to the ministry, to ensure that the Ministry’s plan of embarking on large-scale road rehabilitation during the forthcoming dry season is not hindered by a lack of funds.
“We are aware of the fact that most ministers presently face a paucity of funds since their predecessors left virtually nothing behind from the 2023 budget passed under Buhari.