BY FAVOUR NNABUGWU
ABUJA— Highway engineers, yesterday, took responsibility for the poor state of roads nationwide.
At an interactive session with highway engineers in Abuja, President, Council for the Regulation of Engineers in Nigeria, COREN, Mr. Mustapha Bulama, admitted that the majority of highway projects, which engineers were involved, went bad even before they were commissioned.
According to him, the poor state of highways across the country has become an embarrassment for COREN, especially as Nigerian engineers were involved in their construction or rehabilitation.
He said: “The engineering profession has been inundated and embarrassed by the rate of failure of engineering projects. Most visible and of utmost concern now is the issue of failure of road projects. It has become the order of the day in recent times that no sooner has a road project been commissioned that it begins to fail.
“Our roads have become death valleys with alarming statistics on road accidents reported daily. Those that have been built are falling so fast and the cost of embarking on new roads or maintenance of existing ones is becoming too huge for government to bear.”
Mr. Olumuyiwa Ajibola, President of Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE, said the bad state of the roads had become so bad that NSE was flooded with questions from Nigerians and other stakeholders on what the body was doing to redress the situation.
Ajibola said highways engineers should be able to stand their ground and professionally advised their employers properly, even under intense pressure, that they should at all times remember that their professional advise would either make or mar road projects.
“It is high time for us to x-ray our profession on the high pedestal, where it belongs and sustain it there. When we have done that, all of us, as practitioners, shall become highly respected and privileged members of the our society and stand shoulders high above many other professions which unfortunately are currently controlling our highly strategic profession,” he said.