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FERMA banks on COVID-19 intervention fund to fix roads

Oluwasina Phillip

The Federal Roads Maintenance Agency has undertaken several projects with the COVID-19 intervention fund, with a target to fix two hundred road contracts in stages of deterioration.

According to a statement on the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture website, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Nuruddeen Rafindadi, said some of the intervention projects included the contract for the general maintenance of Jigawa State Border – Katagum – Gamawa road, contract for general maintenance of Bauchi – Kari – Yobe State border road and contract for general maintenance of Bauchi – Tafawa Balewa – Plateau State border road.

The MD said, “In highway engineering, soils are used either as surface earth structure as in dams and embankments, subsurface foundation materials or combination with other materials in the presence of binder to produce cement and asphalt concrete.

“In most cases, the soil with the required engineering properties is not available near the site of proposed work.

“Sourcing it from far distant locations involves large haulage distance and hence heavy transport cost.

“For economic reasons, therefore, the need to modify the local materials encountered at, or near the site of proposed work becomes necessary; hence, the advent of soil stabilisation.”

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