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Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola
Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola
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Fashola Claims Heavy-Duty Vehicles Contribute Largely To Bad Roads

Yusuf Dotun

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has made it known that the Federal Government has begun the weight monitoring of articulated vehicles and trucks to ensure that they do not exceed 45,000 tonnes from loading points.

The minister expressed this concern while speaking with correspondents at the State House after the conclusion of a Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.

Fashola explained that overweight trucks plying Nigerian roads are part of the causes of the road decline, as many road users have chosen to disregard the road limit by overloading their vehicles which in turn mount pressure on the roads.

Reports imply that motorists often convey axle load as high as 60,000 to 90,000 tonnes.

The ex-governor of Lagos further explained that Nigerian roads are not designed strongly enough for these types of weight.

“Those roads are not designed for that kind of tonnage. So, we have also solicited that enforcements are put in place to monitor the weight of heavy-duty vehicles do not exceed axle limit before they leave ports and depots where they have been loaded of goods,” he said.

Fashola noted that roads will continue to go bad irrespective of the design so long motorists continue to violate the weight limit. He then added that the completion of the railway system will ease the stress on the roads.

The Works and Housing Minister concluded his speech by giving the attendees updates of the approved finances aimed towards road infrastructure and the purchase of raw materials for vaccine production.