THE Federal Government, on Wednesday, assured Nigerians that the challenges of incessant collapse of buildings and failure of roads in Nigeria would soon be a thing of the past.
Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, gave the assurance at the 2016 Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI) Conference, with the theme: “Repositioning the Nigerian Construction Industry –Realities and Possibilities,” held in Abuja.
He stressed that the institute was making efforts and contributions to knowing the reasons many of the buildings collapsed, either during or after construction and to also ensure that roads were built to be durable, in view of some of the unique characteristics.
According to him, “NBRII will play an important role in ensuring the deployment of appropriate research infrastructure that will meet our peculiar demands and needs as a nation.”
In his own address, Minster of Works, Housing and Power, Mr Babatunde Fashola, who was represented by Mrs Salamatu Mohammed, said the government was committed to improving the road network and decrease over-dependence on public finance for the execution of road projects, by facilitating participation of private sector, multi-lateral and bi-lateral agencies on roads development.
He, therefore, challenged the participants at the conference to focus on the challenges faced in the infrastructural sector of the economy and come up with strategies towards repositioning the Nigerian construction industry. Earlier, the Director-General of NBRRI, Professor Danladi Matawal, had said the general thrust of research and development activities at the institute had been geared towards evolving technologies and processes that increased local content, as well as enhance the capacity for the utilisation of alternative/local building materials.