Thursday, February 20, 2020

Melaye, Ikpeazu and the rigid cement technology

o person could have interpreted Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu's vision of rigid cement technology better than Senator Dino Melaye. Melaye is highly noted for speaking truth to power.

In the former Senator's visit to Osusu and Eziokwu roads in Aba, where the infrastructure revolution of the governor is attracting profound testimonies,Melaye was not only elated by Gov. Ikpeazu's giant strides in infrastructure but posited that the legacies of Ikpeazu will outlive some decades.

Indeed, a leader should be futuristic, and this characteristic is profoundly found in Ikpeazu.

It will be recalled that Gov Ikpeazu pioneered the rigid cement technology in this part of the country. Though the technology is capital intensive,Ikpeazu’s motive behind the adoption of the technology is that the roads will outlast his administration. Because, according to him, it will be counter-productive if the administration, within one to two years, solicits or borrows loans to rehabilitate these roads after they must have collapsed.

Cement technology, also known as “Rigid Pavement Technology in road construction, ensures the mixture of crush rock-based materials and other items to achieve a thickness fill and compaction to the level of 300mm.

This is followed by a concrete reinforcement cast with 8mm to10mm-high tensil (mash of wires) reinforcement bars over the stabilised base before treating it with prime coat and asphaltic concrete.

Though the cost of this technology is higher than those of the conventional construction methods, Gov. Ikpeazu chooses this technology as a means of strengthening the load-bearing capacity of roads in Abia and to boost the strength and quality of the finished work.The technology has a sustainability guarantee of10 to 20 years.

Cement technology is one of the technologies used in the construction of airport runways, tarmac and places with heavy loads like machines and equipment. The technology is a good solution for achieving sustainable roads in Nigeria.