The Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, FERMA has organized Laboratory training for Engineers in the Headquarters and State Field offices to equip them on the ways to monitor and deal with the challenges of failed portions of roads across the country.
According to the Agency, it is concerned with the menace of regular failed sections along Federal roads across the country and is committed to making roads accessible and safe for the users.
The Executive Director, East Operations, Engr. Silas Abdullahi Buba, who represented FERMA Managing Director, Nuruddeen Rafindadi, at the event said the training would enable the Agency to make choices of right materials for fixing the already dilapidated road asset.
“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 seem to defy solutions of regular and periodic maintenance”. Rafindadi said.
Encouraging the participants to take the training seriously, the Executive Director, East Operations, Silas Buba enjoined them to prove their worth and proffer lasting solution to the roads maintenance, so as to stand the test of time.
He also said that the Agency was 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 frequently failed portions of the roads to include different weather conditions, different climatic conditions across the country and the kind of soil topography.
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 training ended with a robust interactive session.
Source: Voice of Nigeria