Rep. Beni Lar, the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology, has urged the Nigeria Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI) to end incessant building collapses and grow the country through research innovations.
Lar gave the advice on Wednesday during the committee’ s 2018 annual oversight visit to the Institute in Ota.
The committee chairman said that NBRRI was well positioned to provide the nation with technological researches/innovations on buildings to end the incidence of building collapses.
She said the visit provides opportunity for the committee to interact and cross-fertilise ideas with the agency regarding its challenges and constraints.
According to her, this is with a view to charting a sustainable road map for the development of the institute.
“The intention is to use the opportunity to oversight activities of the institute in respect of the 2018 budget implementation as it concerns recurrent and capital releases/implementation thereto.
“Judging from the 2017 oversight visit to your agency, the committee commended the giant strides achieved by the institute in the area of converting waste to wealth as epitomised by the development of Pozzolana Pilot Cement Plant products.
“The economic landscape of the world is undergoing remarkable changes, which is creating considerable opportunities and new challenges through science and technology.
“As a nation, we have all it takes to enter into the arena of the global community dominated by a deluge of innovations in science and technology.
“Considering the rich human and material resources of the nation, what we need to keep at par with the international community is to set our priority right, by recognising the place of science and technology and its integration in our national life,” she said.
Lar reiterated the commitment of the committee to continue collaborating with the professionals in the built environment, urging NBRRI to enhance its activities and productivity.
Earlier, Prof. Danladi Matawal, the Director-General of NBRRI, appealed for the review and passage of the Institute’s law before the National Assembly, saying that it was the only flagship project initiated by the institute.
Matawal stressed the need for the committee to approve the 2019 Research Institute Game programme.
He assured the committee of the agency’ s commitment toward development of research innovations that would enhance development of the building industry and economic growth of the country.