Pursuant to the campaign promises of Governor Godwin Obaseki to create 200,000 jobs, Edo State Government in collaboration with AG Dangote has engaged 50 youths and trained them on concrete pavement technology for road construction in the state.
This was made known by the governor while addressing the media during a road inspection of Nevis Street in Benin City, the Edo State Capital where he also revealed that they would afterwards become ‘pioneers a revolution’ in road construction in Nigeria.
On the reason for the collaboration, he said the success of this concrete technology in road construction would reduce dependence on imported materials like asphalt to finish our roads. This, he hoped, would facilitate an increase in cost efficiency in our roads and less expense for road construction.
“You are going to be the pioneers in a revolution in road construction in this country. Some of you have worked in our SEEFOR Programme where we try to construct road with direct labour, this time we are going to be using direct labour and concrete”, he said.
Governor Obaseki said the importance of this technology is to develop proficiency in the trainees so that they could become contractors in building roads with cement. Continuing, the governor advised the trainees never to see themselves as workers, but to be serious with the programme.
Meanwhile, he assured them that subsequent to completion of the training and experiment, the government would support them with capital and equipment in order to commence constructing roads as his administration would give them contracts.
In addition, the governor stated that the goal of his administration is to construct a minimum of 3,000km of concrete roads across the state within the next three and half years.
“If you get it right and get it well, the sky is the limit as you will all be independent people creating jobs for others rather than searching for jobs”, he concluded.