Nigeria is ripe for embracing the technology of tunnelling and underground space utilisation, Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi said yesterday.
He also expressed his support for the inclusion of tunneling engineering in the academic curriculum of the Nigerian Institute for Transport Technology, Zaria.
The minister’s endorsement was conveyed by the director of road and mass transport, Dr. Anthonia Ekpa at the closing of the three-day 2nd Annual International Conference on Tunnelling and Underground Space, organised by the Tunnelling Association of Nigeria, TAN, in Abuja.
He expressed the readiness of the ministry to partner with the organization in realizing its objectives.
“In order for the country to engage with the tunneling technology, the Ministry of Transportation will encourage the nation’s foremost transport institution, the Nigerian Institute for Transport Technology to consider researching into tunneling with a view to making this engineering option of the subjects in its curriculum.
“Similarly, I charge TAN along with the international body (ITA) to promote capacity building programmes in tunnel engineering and use of underground space for railways and other forms of transportation in line with international best practices since this is a new mode of transportation, there is need to deploy appropriate communication channels to enlighten Nigerians and gain support for tunneling”, he explained.
President of TAN, Mr. Abidemi Agwor said Nigeria stands to experience a faster development of its urban infrastructure if tunneling with underground space is adopted as a national policy.
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