Nigeria, courtesy of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) is to receive some stabising equipment from Japan as free intervention that will help increase efficiency in road maintenance across the country.
The Managing Director of Marubeni Nig. Ltd, Mr Manabu Horiuchi who led A delegation from SAKAI Company Ltd of Japan to FERMA Headquaters in Abuja Wednesday to access the road situation in Nigeria and introduce the equipment said the company had introduced the equipment to several other countries in the past and it worked effectively, adding that it is one of the world’s best machines used in carrying out road maintainance in such parts of the world today.
Responding, the Managing Director of FERMA, Engr Nurudeen Rafindadi, thanked the visiting Japanese team for the gesture, noting that the gesture will further strengthen ties between both countries.
“Your intervention is of utmost important to us being an agency with the mandate to maintain federal roads around the country. We are very impressed by what you have told us about the machine. We can see that repairing roads with the machine is cheaper compared to other methods of doing it.
“it is also economical and good for sound reconstruction of roads. All we need is to have our men trained on the effective use of the machine.”
Engr Rafindadi explained that the equipment is only a free gift without a string attached courtesy of the Chinese government to FERMA.
He disclosed that the equipment comprises three sets of seven units of machines, and will be brought into the country in no distant time.
The FERMA boss shortly after the meeting with the Japanese delegates proceeded on inspection tour of the Abuja-Keffi Expressway with his team alongside men of the media to inspect works being done by his men along the road.
Engr Rafindadi who expressed happiness with the repair work being carried out at the often-complained-about Kugbo sharp bends said the move is to ensure that part of the road which has been identified as a major contributor to the perennial holdups suffered by commuters along that axis is fixed to ease free-flow of traffic.
As at the time of the visit, repair works at Kilometre 39 by snake farm along the Abuja-Keffi expressway was almost completed, with drainages and a culvert constructed to check the problem of flood which had plagued that area over time.
According to him, the works are being done through direct labour by the staff members.
Other spots where works are still on-going and where they have been completed along that axis were also visited.
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