‘MID strives for quality road maintenance’

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(Second from right) MID Permanent Secretary, Stephen Maesiola with participants from the training.
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BY LORETTA BRIGIDIA MANELE

(Second from right) MID Permanent Secretary, Stephen Maesiola with participants from the training.

THE Ministry of Infrastructure Development says it is committed to providing quality roads for the country.

Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID), Stephen Maesiola said there is a training underway which involves experts from Australia training local personnel on road work.

“The purpose of this training is for contractors to understand the quality of roadwork construction the ministry wants.”

Speaking to the paper yesterday, he said experts from Australian’s Performance Training organisation are currently carrying out a training programme for staff of local and private contractors and MID project managers.

He explained that they are being trained important road ethics such as on how to manage construction on roadworks and how to identify the type of gravel suitable for use on the road.

Maesiola added that they are currently at the practical stage of the training where they are putting to use what they have learned from the training which began in February.

He said they will also be awarded certificates which will qualify them to assess and manage roadwork carried out in the country.

The permanent secretary furthered that the ministry is strengthening its Central Projects Implementation Unit (CPIU) to make sure that road maintenance is done according to the standard MID wants.

“The ministry is happy with this engagement which will ensure that the quality of road maintenance is improved to the standard we want,” he said.

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