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Kwara govt adopts interlocking tiles for road construction

The Kwara Government has adopted the use of interlocking tiles for road construction in the state.

The state Commissioner for Works and Transport, Mr Rotimi Ilyasu, told newsmen in Ilorin on Thursday that interlocking tiles road is more durable and less expensive than asphalt road.

Ilyasu fielded questions at a news programme, called News Keg Series, organised by the Correspondents Chapel of the Kwara Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists.

The commissioner therefore advised residents to stop insisting on asphalt road.

He explained that when they were deciding on where to construct roads, they got requests from almost all the local government areas of the state, but many of them did not request for interlocking tiles.

“We decided on our own, to talk to people, so that there will be interlock roads in all the local government areas.

“Till this moment, only Ilorin and Offa Local Government Councils have interlock roads and they are enjoying the roads.

“This is due to the people perception of asphalt road, which they believe is better,” he said.

Ilyasu said that there were areas where he wished to propose interlock roads, but many people are ignorant of its durability.

“The truth is that interlock is better, as long as it is done properly.

“Interlock is water friendly, while asphalt can spoil once there is a hole on the ground in which water can penetrate through and needs lots of money to repair.

“In the case of interlock, when water goes through it, it will just be shaking and can be repaired within a short time, with less amount of money,” he said.

The commissioner noted that the interlock roads in Lagos State at Zenith Road, in Victoria Island, close to Eko Hotel, have remained solid till date. (NAN)

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