Concerned with the menace of regular failed sections along Federal roads across the country, and in the Agency’s usual way of making roads accessible and safe for the users, the Agency organized a Laboratory training for Engineers in the Headquarters and State (Field) offices.
The training according to the Agency is to further equip the staff on the ways to monitor and deal with the challenges of failed portions of roads across the country.
The Executive Director, East Operations, Engr. Silas Abdullahi Buba, represented the Managing Director/CEO, Engr. Nuruddeen A. Rafindadi, in his opening remarks at the Gwagwalada Centre, lauded the decision of FERMA to organize the training, saying that the training will enable the Agency to make choices of right materials for fixing the already dilapidated road asset.
He said, “this training is timely, this is the time the Agency is facing a lot of challenges of many failed roads sections with some portions tending to defy solutions, it is only through this Material Laboratory training, that the Agency will be able to analyze materials and select the best that would be suitable for specific portions that seems to defy solutions of regular and periodic maintenance”.
Encouraging the participants to take the training seriously, Engr. Silas enjoined them to prove their worth and proffer lasting solution to the roads maintenance, so as to stand the test of time.
He also stated that the Agency is planning a collaboration with the Nigerian Building and Research Institute to study some portions of failed roads with the intention of proffering solutions to such areas.
The Resource Person, Engr. Tunde Jimoh, identified some factors that contribute to frequent failed portions of the roads to include amongst others; different weather conditions, different climatic conditions across the country and the kind of soil topography.
Consequent upon these factors, Engr. Tunde said, in order to proffer solutions to the problem, water level and the volume of traffic must be considered when building roads, if the roads must live their expected life span.
The Director (Planning & Engineering Services), Engr. Itodo T. Ocheme, and the Deputy Director (R & D), Engr. Amarube Ben Chukwu, also in their respective comments encouraged the participants take the training seriously and put into practice what they learned from it.
The training ended with a robust interactive session.