July 1, 2022 1:04 pm

NSE Moves To Achieve Engineering Best Practices, Seeks Partnership With FERMA, FMWH


The Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE Umuahia branch has decried the deplorable conditions of some of the Federal Roads in Abia State and called its inclusion in the next budget of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing.

Engr. Nnamdi Nwasuka, Chairman Umuahia branch NSE made the appeal when the body paid courtesy visits respectively to the Federal Controller of Works, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Engr. Bede Obioha and the Federal Roads Maintenance Engineer, Federal Roads Maintenance Agency FERMA, Abia State, Engr. Johnblaise Nwoke.

The body also probed to know the status/condition of the FEC – Federal Executive Council’s approved Uturu-Isuikwuato-Akara road; 50km Umuahia-Ikot-Ekpene road; phase two of the Ikot-Ekpene-Aba to Owerri road dualization; section two of the Ohafia-Arochukwu road and Osisioma Ngwa junction to Abia/Rivers boundary end of Enugu-Port Harcourt road.

Engr. Nnamdi Nwasuka (standing) making his presentation during the visit to the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing

Nwasuka reiterated that Engineers remained solution providers and are equipped to propel socioeconomic development of any region if adequately carried along.

He therefore expressed preparedness of NSE Umuahia branch to partner with the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency and the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing for engineering best practices.

Engr Bede Obioha (on black cap) speaking during the NSE Umuahia branch visit

Responding, the Federal Controller of Works, Engr. Bede Obioha disclosed that the Uturu-Isuikwuato-Akara road has received the FEC approval but it is undergoing the usual procurement procedural process and assured that once the contract gets to their table, they will be in the site.

Also on the Umuahia-Ikot-Ekpene road and Ikot-Ekpene-Aba road, he informed that the road has just received the initial funding from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC but contractors are restrained to start the standard reconstruction because of the heavy rainy season.

While disclosing that palliative measures would be effected on the roads to make them accessible to users, Engr. Obioha assured that the real construction work will commence once the dry season sets in.

Respectively the Federal Controller of Works, Engr. Obioha and his counterpart from FERMA, Engr. Johnblaise Nwoke promised to partner the NSE Umuahia branch in her activities and also assist the engineers to do their works when necessary.

L-R 2nd from left Engr. Uzoma Ohia, Engr. Johnblaise Nwoke and Engr. Nnamdi Nwasuka

Among those present at the courtesy visit include three past NSE Umuahia Branch Chairmen, Engr. Dr. Matthew Ibe, Engr. Victor Ihediwa and Engr. Uzoma Ohia.

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