By Ephraim Oseji
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain in Delta State and former governorship candidate, Chief Sunny Onuesoke, has traced the causes of Nigerian highway failure to stereotypical engineering design.
Onuesoke, who made the assertion when Officials of Project Implementation and Evaluation, Project Monitoring, Governor’s Office, headed by Hon Raymond Edijana visited Sector A of Ughelli-Asaba Road Dualisation Project just lately, stated not till Nigeria engineers deviate from utilizing one specific designs within the building of roads in several elements of Nigeria, the nation will proceed to expertise the issue of highway failure.
He defined that the development of a highway begins from conception, planning, and design, stressing that and not using a good design of the highway the performance of the highway will not be achieved.
Onuesoke argued that even when the development and supervision is enough with out the design course of properly performed, the tip product within the type of a highway venture won’t be practical.
The PDP chieftain, who’s the Special Project Director of Sector A of Ughelli-Asaba Road Project noticed that a lot of the roads within the nation are designed by consultants, a few of who are usually not throughout the setting of the highway work, including that this has led to a state of affairs the place preliminary research of the setting that may assist the design and building choices are usually not performed.
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“Consequently, they constrain their design to a selected model, which results in poor understanding of the highway setting and which subsequently results in poor highway design and building.
“Designs that are meant for dry land areas like in the Northern part of the country for instance are equally applied to riverine areas of the Niger Delta region. Thus, if such design lasts ten years in the North, it will not last up to five years in the Nigeria Delta region because of the different environmental terrain,” Onuesoke defined.
He disclosed that for the highway community to last more and reserve it from early collapse, it requires good and environment friendly pragmatic engineering design frameworks that takes the totally different environmental terrain within the nation into consideration.
Onuesoke suggested that overseas highway building expatriates ought to be made to work facet by facet with native skilled our bodies which have extra information of the native setting, stressing that the skilled our bodies may even act as checks and displays to the development agency on highway work within the nation.
Vanguard News Nigeria.