Bill on Building and Roads Research Institute passes second reading

By Edwin Akwueh, Abuja

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The Nigerian Senate has passed for a second reading, a Bill seeking to establish the Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI), as part of efforts to build capacity, conduct integrated applied research and development in roads, buildings and engineering materials.

According to the Senate, the proposed law would facilitate the move to approve the use of a comprehensive and integrated approach in technology development and transfer, sustainable capacity building and investment promotion for cost-effective building and road construction practices in the country.

In his lead debate on the Bill, its sponsor, Senator Mustapha Bukar said the need to have an established law for NBRRI Act was long overdue and necessary.

He explained that the vision of NBRRI “is to evolve innovations that will enhance job creation, wealth generation and poverty reduction as well as competitive indigenous construction companies capable of meeting global standards”.

“The mission of NBRRI is to improve the quality of life of Nigerians in the area of affordable housing and increased economic empowerment through applied integrated Research and Development, capacity building and robust extension services,”Senator Bukar stated.

In his explanation of the rationale for the new law, he said, “since the decree establishing NBRRI in 1977, the world has witnessed lots of transformations and innovations in science, technology and engineering”.

“In roads and buildings, numerous advances have been made in construction materials and construction techniques while progress in engineering disciplines have led to the emergence of new, ideas, new approaches, new education methodologies , new Research and Development mechanisms and equipment, green construction solutions and materials as well as associated progress in space computer, ICT, among others”, he stressed.

Senator Bukar who is a chartered engineer by training, further explained that the erstwhile unexplored Research & Development extensions to green processes, nanotechnologies and emerging solutions would now be within the purview of talented and adventurous young Nigerian research officers.

“The encouragement of the Institute by approving this Bill to be enacted into law will lead to unassailable achievements in the sensitive and essential sectors of home and housing ownership and road infrastructure”, he submitted.

Lateefah Ibrahim