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#ICIDAAFRICA2018: Experts To Converge On Lagos To Discuss Infrastructural Development In Africa

By Adenike Fagbemi
Leading experts across the globe will from Wednesday March 28th to 30th, 2018, converge in Lagos to deliberate on the infrastructure deficit in Nigeria and other African countries in commemoration of this year's edition of the International Conference on Infrastructure and Development in Africa (ICIDA).


This edition which doubles as the 7th, is in collaboration with the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana and Bells University of Technology, Ota, Nigeria where the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Ikorodu will function as the host.

Keynote speakers for the event include; Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola, Hon. Minister for Power, Works & Housing; Aare Afe BabalolaPresident/Founder, Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD) while the LEAD SPEAKERS include - Engr.Nurudeen Rafindadi, Managing Director, Federal Road Maintenance Agency, Abuja FCT; Mr U.G. Muhammed, Managing Director, Transmission Company of Nigeria, Maitama District, Abuja; Mr Adekunle Oyinloye, Managing Director, The Infrastructure Bank;Engr. Chidi Izuwah, Director General Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, Abuja FCT; Engr. (Prof) Abiodun Dabiri, Managing Director, Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA); Engr. (Prof) M.S. Haruna, Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive, National Agency for Science & Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI); Engr. (Prof) Jeremiah Oludele Ojediran, Vice Chancellor, Bells University of Technology, Oya; Dr Paul ChanLead Project Research Group, University of Manchester, United Kingdom and Prof. Joshua Ayarkwar Provost, College of Art & Built Environment, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.

Speaking with the Chairman, Local Organising Committee (LOC) of ICIDA, Nurudeen Bashorun, he disclosed that the theme of this edition is “The Complexity of Infrastructure System: What are We Fixing” and it seeks to bring the town and gown together to look at the infrastructural situations and deficits in the African country generally and proffer solutions towards ameliorating or improving the infrastructural challenges in Africa.

“This year is unique because we are bringing town and gown together. Most of the conferences are been initiated by bodies outside of academia, but what we want to do is to bring professionals, practitioners and academic together so that when we look at the problem as a whole we will be able to proffer solutions.“We are bringing these people to partner with us to see what could be done to improve the situation of things generally. 

The conference will also bring about the recent research developments so that we will see the effect of this on infrastructural development unlike where you just have policymakers and government functionaries coming to give you policy papers; this is a departure from that,” Bashorun noted.

Reacting to the team's decision to have the event in LASPOTECH, Bashorun explained that the conference in the same vein seeks to position the polytechnic globally because LASPOTECH is the only polytechnic in ICIDA, adding that it will help expose the polytechnic and bring about development in terms of educational development.

"For this year's edition, no fewer than 1,000 participants are expected to grace the conference and over 70 papers have been reviewed and found suitable for the presentation that will impact on the African continents," Bashorun added.

To register, individuals and representatives of organisations are also encouraged to register via icidaafrica.org At the end of the event, a resource document will be produced, forwarded and circulated for concerted efforts at achieving the discussed objectives for National development as far as Infrastructural sustainability is concerned.

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