WIT Press


Comparison Of Labour - Based/light Equipment And Heavy Equipment-based Methods Of Construction For A Typical Rural Road In Nigeria

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/UT000281

Volume

49

Pages

7

Published

2000

Size

712 kb

Author(s)

A.O. Coker & O.A. Agbede

Abstract

Road construction, being capital-intensive has been particularly plagued in the nineties in Nigeria due to the downward trend of the nation's economy coupled with the gross devaluation of her currency - Naira. For a country largely dependent on the use of imported heavy equipments for road construction, such currency devaluation had brought severely negative impacts on various facets of the country's development. Hence the current drive for prudent management of scarce foreign reserves and sustenance of the local manufacturing industry. Investigation was therefore made to the relative advantages and disadvantages of using labour-based/light equipment method and heavy equipment - based method to construct a rural road (Igboku access road)

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