In an apparent move to deliver high quality roads to the country, the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing has begun a 4 -day intensive training for engineers supervising various projects for the Ministry.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Ministry’s Director (Press and Public Relations), Mrs. Boade Akinola on March 1, 2022.
TheFact Nigeria observed that many of the newly constructed roads were not durable due to lack of quality control.
According to the statement, the 4-day intensive training would be on highways’ materials, geometrics, quality control tests and application of tests results in pavement structural design, geometric design and bridge design.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the training workshop, the Director Overseeing the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Engineer Chukwunwike Uzo said the training was meant to keep the Ministry’s engineers abreast of necessary knowledge that will enable them effectively supervise contractors handling the Ministry’s projects in order to deliver quality work to the country.
He emphasized the need for an Engineer to be sound such that he will be able to work in any part of the world, stressing the need for engineers to be able to interpret test results and determine the appropriate application.
Engr Uzo, who was represented by the Director Highways materials, geotechnics and quality control, Engineer Osita Ezedozie, enjoined staff to make the best use of the training opportunity to enhance their productivity on the job.
He assured that the Ministry would continue to provide staff with the necessary incentives to bring out the best in them, adding that subsequent training programmes would be better.
In his address, the Director Highways Design and Road construction, Engineer Omotayo Awosanya praised the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari for prioritizing Infrastructural development and called on the engineers of the Ministry to ensure that Nigerians get quality roads that correspond with the quantum of funds being invested in the Ministry.
Engr. Awosanya warned against giving approval for test results of materials without checking properly to ensure that the right quality had been met, reminding the participants that Nigerians were looking up to the Ministry for Quality roads and advised them to avoid anything that will bring them to disrepute.
Some of the topics to be discussed at the training workshop are: geotechnical investigation and road condition survey; poor soil conditions and applicable measures to overcome them, general principles of effective management and control of rehabilitation and construction project sites and deep soil investigation and application to bridge.
Participants were drawn from staff of Headquarters and state offices of the Ministry across the country.