The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Thursday rated Nigeria high on road quality.
He said the problem with Nigeria’s road networks was not lack of quality but poor maintenance culture.
Fashola stated these at the 23rd meeting of the National Council on Works organised by the ministry in Abuja.
He said the country must improve its road maintenance culture, adding that prompt repairs had been the major challenge.
He said: “Nigeria builds more quality roads which can stand the test of time. If you go to other countries, they maintain even their bumpy roads. Our roads are smoother. We build to higher desired specifications. The missing link now is the final job.”
Fashola, who highlighted the importance of road signage, said the ministry had concluded plans to compile the list of federal roads, where significant sections have been completed.
He said starting the process when the roads are still in various stages of completion is economically viable.
The minister added: “While our roads are still in various stages of completion, our economic needs compel us to refuse to wait until everything is done before we begin to confer the benefits of lane marking and street signage on our people.
“We have met in the ministry and agreed to compile the list of roads where significant sections have been completed and prepare them for procurement and award of subcontracts in collaboration with our main contractors, and this procurement will then be advertised as required by law and subject to open and competitive bids.”