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How FG is deploying home-grown technology in road construction-Fashola

By Perpetua Onuegbu
The Federal Ministry of Public Works and Housing said it had partnered with the Nigerian Building and Roads Research Institute (NBRRI) to use local technology in road construction across the country.

The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, made the revelation in Abuja at NANForum, the flagship interview program of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Fashola said that although NBRRI is an agency under the Ministry of Science and Technology, his ministry has partnered with the agency to produce and use its products.

One such research product, he said, is polymer-modified bitumen used to reinforce pavements in some ongoing road projects.

He said the technology has been deployed in the construction of the Enugu-Port Harcourt, Abuja-Kano and Lagos-Ibadan road projects, among others across the country.

The minister also said that the partnership with NBRRI had resulted in the intensive use of concrete in road construction.

“We introduced it to Obajana-Kabba, Apapa to Oworonsoki, Papalanto and Kaduna Western Bypass.

“We have now introduced a practical design manual for the first time; Nigeria did not have it before.

“We developed it within this ministry and we shared it during the last National Business Council which was held in December 2020.

“It is helping to spread to all states, so hopefully we will see more concrete roads as part of our use of what you produce, an initiative championed by President Buhari.

“These are some of the things that are happening.

“Plus, in our housing programs now, you’d be hard pressed to find any imported item on our construction sites, from doors to nails to roofing sheets, almost everything is made locally.

“In principle, we have to make sure that unless we can manufacture the thing in a suitable quality, that is when we can accept the foreigner,” Fashola said.

The minister also said the partnership has helped lead the small and medium-sized businesses that produce all of the materials used in the construction of houses.

Fashola said it was also creating more jobs and more wealth, adding that “slowly but surely” the country was moving in the right direction.

The minister, who also praised the Federal Road Maintenance Agency for its efforts in fulfilling its mandate, insisted that there were no plans to abolish the agency.

“There is no plan to do away with FERMA, in fact FERMA has never been so busy in any jurisdiction other than this.

“I congratulate the CEO and his management team for a job well done and I know they will do more if they have more resources to strengthen them,” he said. (NOPE)

(NAN)

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