The Federal Government has moved to take action and stem the tide of escalating building and bridge collapses throughout the country through the intervention of the Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI).
The Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology, Chief Uche Nnaji made this declaration during his tour of the Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI) headquarters in Abuja.
He emphasised that repositioning the Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI) and transforming it into a global research centre aligns with the ‘Renewed Hope’ agenda of the Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led administration.
Furthermore, the minister pointed out that NBRRI has effectively implemented Executive Order No. 05 and other vital policies of innovation, science and technology (IST) in Nigeria. He emphasised that IST places substantial importance on Executive Order No. 05 to propel the country toward robust and sustainable economic growth and rapid transformation.
The minister encouraged the Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI) not to relent in its efforts but to intensify its focus on addressing other crucial issues, including finding solutions to road and building collapses, to facilitate the desired growth and sustainable economy of the nation.
Nnaji also pledged to leverage his position to seek the president’s approval for the NBRRI Bill, which will enable the agency to fulfil its mandate.
In recognition of their dedication and contributions, he commended the management and staff of the agency for their commitment to transforming the Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI) into a global research centre.
In an earlier statement, the director-general of the institute, Prof. Samson Duna explained that the institute’s primary purpose is to enhance capacity and conduct applied integrated research and development (R&D) in various aspects of the road building and engineering materials sector of the Nigerian economy.
The statement by the ministry’s deputy director of press and public relations, Atuora Obed revealed that Duna sought the minister’s assistance in acquiring institutional land in the Federal Capital Territory, which would serve as the NBRRI Technology Village for the display and utilisation of the diverse R&D outputs.