Nigeria Holds First Underground Space Confab, Thursday

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By Remi Adebayo.

Nigeria’s quest to build local capacity to meet its tunnelling and understand space infrastructural needs is becoming a reality as Tunnelling Association of Nigeria, TAN, gather practitioners in the industry to a one-day conference in Lagos, this Thurday, March 30.

The event scheduled to take place at the Lagos Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, will have no fewer than four members of the Federal Executive Council in attendance to grace the historic event.

The Minister of Transport, Hon. Rotimi Amechi will be special guest of honour at the forum which is attracting the President of the International Tunnelling Association, Dr. Tarcisio Celestino, the Executive Director, Mr. Olivier Vion among other delegates from around the world.

Chairman, Steering Committee of the Tunnelling Association of Nigeria, TAN, Mr. Abidemi Agwor said the forum is expected to sensitise Nigerian stakeholders on the concept of tunnelling as a viable alternative to meet the infrastructure deficit in the country.

He also disclosed that TAN is working on a ten 10-year strategic advocacy plan, “where we intend to partner with three frontline engineering institutions, one federal, state and private university, for a long-term capacity building in this field of engineering towards expanding the developmental and infrastructural scope in our country.”

The forum will also attract students from Universities and Polytechnics. Specifically students from the University of Lagos and Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, University of Lagos and Rivers State University of Technology, Port Harcourt are billed to participate in the conference.

“Our belief is that these youngsters would leverage on their early exposure to this emerging concept, to gain early buy-in which will place them ahead and open up opportunities for them in line with international best practices, Agwor explained.