By Wahab Akanji, Abuja
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr, Babatunde Fashola has said that human errors have contributed largely for most of the road crashes that have occurred in the country.
Fashola disclosed that though there are rules in the utilization of automobiles, night drivers should take enough rest before embarking on night journeys.
The minister said this during inspection of the Kaduna-Abuja road project, ahead of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport (NAIA) closure, Abuja.
He explained that the N1.05b road project awarded to CGC Construction Company was solely to fix potholes on the Kaduna-Abuja expressway.
Fashola said the actual construction of the dual carriage way will commence as soon as the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) approve the project.
His words: “One day I will wish for, is the day no traffic accident will be reported on all roads in Nigeria. That is the day I always wish for. Unfortunately, that does not happen. I continue to wish for it but we have to work for it.
“We saw an accident on the road involving a heavy duty truck. Clearly it happened at night. Those who have to drive heavy duty trucks at night must get as much sleep as they can in the day. Many of these things happen as a result of human error.
“Let us be clear what is going on is an emergency intervention essentially to remove all the potholes to reduce the dangerous portions and eliminate hazards which cause accidents for motorists on this road.
“There is a major contract provision that is going through procurement for the essential reconstruction of pavements of this road. It was expanded in the early 1990s from single carriageway to double carriage. There is no indication that any major repair has taken place since 20 years.”
The minister restated that the contract was to cover potholes covering a total of 620 kilometers from both sides of the dual carriageway.
He emphasized need to rebuild the road considering its long time usage for over 20 years without any form of repair.
Fashola, who stated that he gets weekly reports on state of work on the project, added that the visit was to inspect the level of work done.
He gave assurance to ensure quick completion of the project, adding that the Federal Ministry of Aviation will keep to the six weeks deadline set for the runway repair.