The Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre (IPRC) Kigali in partnership with Rwanda Transport Development Agency (RTDA) and the Institution of Engineers Rwanda (EIR) organised a one day workshop under the theme: “Recycling technology in road construction: The appropriate solution for road sustainable development”. The workshop that brought more than 100 Engineers from Rwanda and the East Africa took place at la Palice Club Nyandundu on 09/10/2014
While officially opening the workshop, the Minister of State in Charge of Transport in the Ministry of Infrastructure Dr. Alexis Nzahabwanimana urged higher learning institutions to boost research on recycling to help the country to reduce cost on road investment.
Eng. Diogène MULINDAHABI, the Principal of IPRC Kigali emphasised on the role of involvement of private sector to maintain relevance of TVET to industry and ensuring the efficiency of provision. He said: The training we are offering is demand driven not supply driven. We are producing craftsman, industrial engineer (Technicians), master craft man. We want to produce industrial engineer who can design and operate production system. This can only be achieved by looking how a polytechnic and industry (private sector) can cooperate to develop skills needed for technician, practical engineers”. Implementing a consistent and comprehensive TVET quality system is important to ensure consistency of outputs and help raise the overall professionalism of a national TVET system. Moreover, involving industry is vital to maintain the relevance of TVET to industry and ensuring the efficiency of provision. To ensure the relevance of TVET systems, involvement of industry and other stakeholders, necessitates every one participation in the development of all key features of that system”.
Mr Nizeyimana Alphonse the Vice Mayor in
charge of Economic and Finance of Kigali City while closing the
workshop appreciated the IPRC Kigali initiative and assured the support
from Kigali City during the implementation of this initiative.
Why consider recycling?
The Development of road networks in Rwanda, have been increasing for the past 10years. However, the rates of road development have been going at slow pace mainly due to higher costs of the road constructions. The total Rwandan road network consist of around 14 000Km, out of this classified National and Districts roads are at around 5000Km, where the paved road networks is around 2000Km, that means having less paved networks in the country will have significant negative impact on the social-economic development due to the fact that the most part of the country will not be accessible throughout the year due to poor roads conditions. Therefore, quest for sustainable transport infrastructure has intensified to reach the Government Vision 2020. In order to achieve this objective there is no other ways except to embrace the use of recycling technology for the road construction.
IPRC Kigali believes that there is availability of local expertise with knowledge on the training for the application of the recycling technology, availability of the guidelines for the mix design, recycler machines, and laboratory testing protocol, construction methods and techniques.