By Segun Folarin

A bamboo-reinforced storey building, constructed by the Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute, NBRRI, has been inaugurated with a promise that the Federal government will continue to support innovations geared towards promoting the use of local content. 

The Minister of Innovation, Science And Technology, Chief Uche Nnaji made the promise at the Ota, Ogun State office of NBRRI where he also performed the groundbreaking for the construction of a technology village for research. 

The Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute, NBRRI is a Federal Government agency saddled with the responsibility of conducting integrated applied research and development into various aspects of the building and construction sectors of the economy. 

Its functions include researching local building and construction materials to determine the most effective and economical methods of their utilization as well as the architectural design of buildings to suit Nigerian climatic conditions concerning lighting, ventilation, thermal comfort and humidity.

Speaking at the inauguration of the bamboo-reinforced storey building, The Minister Of Innovation, Science And Technology, Chief Uche Nnaji said the agency had continued to assist the federal government in addressing infrastructural and housing deficit through cost-effective materials.

The Minister who also inaugurated a well-equipped ICT building and a central workshop for the agency said the use of locally made products would boost the economy and create jobs for the youths. 

Chief Nnaji described the achievements of the agency in the last 45 years as overwhelming and encouraged the workforce not to rest on the oars but strive towards addressing other critical issues begging for solutions in the road and building sectors of the Nigerian economy.

Earlier, the Director General, Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute, Professor Samson Duna had expressed the need for Nigerians to embrace and sustain their support for locally made products.

Professor Duna reaffirmed the institute’s commitment to ensuring groundbreaking innovations in the field of building and road infrastructure.

Highpoint of the event was the presentation of certificates to over 50 individuals who had been trained in floor and wall tiling technology, interlocking block technology and paving stone technology as well as concrete pole and ring production.

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