Bad roads: FG monitoring vehicle weights, says Fashola

The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has said the Federal Government now monitors the weight of articulated vehicles and trucks from their loading points to ensure that the axle load does not exceed 45,000 tonnes.

Fashola said axle load exceeding the prescribed 45,000 tonnes was one of the reasons some major roads in the country collapsed easily.

The minister noted that a common practice by motorists was to abuse the axle load limit, thereby putting undue stress on roads.

Fashola spoke with State House Correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Wednesday.

According to him, truck and lorry drivers exceed the axle load to as high as 60,000 and sometimes 90,000 tonnes.

He stated, “Those roads are not designed for that kind of tonnage. So, we have also asked for enforcement from the loading points; the ports, depots so that weights and measures are used from point of origin to ensure that no vehicle exceeds 45,000 tonnes, which is the approved axle load nationwide.

“As long as we continue to exceed and abuse with excess axle load, there is no design that you will do that will last.”

But he said one lasting solution would be the railways, expressing the hope that the ongoing projects in the rail sector would ultimately take unnecessary weight off Nigerian roads.

On the decisions taken by FEC, the minister disclosed that N4.852bn was approved for the completion of roads in Kwara and Osun states.

Fashola added that N244m was approved for the purchase of raw materials for the production of vaccines by the National Veterinary Research Institute, Vom, Plateau State.

Giving additional information on the roads, Fashola said one was the 18-kilometre section of the Ajase-Ipo-Erinle-Offa Road linked Kwara State to Osun State.

He added, “The approval was for the 18-km section that completes the entire length of 26km of the road.  All that was awarded in the previous administration was just eight km of the 26km.”
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