ARMA GETS 3 POTHOLE PATCHING MACHINES, BEGIN TRAINING OF OPERATORS
By Obiageli Chianugo Nwankwo :
Awka, Aug. 9, 2019 (MOI) Anambra State Road Maintenance Agency (ARMA) has received three Automated Dura Pothole Patching Machines for ``operation zero potholes in Anambra’’.
ARMA has since commenced training for staff to man the machines for effective use of the equipment.
Managing Director, ARMA, Mr Emeka Okoye, represented by Mr Ugochukwu Ngene, Coordinator Anambra Central Senatorial Zone made it public at ARMA office, within the Ministry of Works Yard, Awka.
``The three machines are for the three senatorial zones in the state – Anambra North, South and Central,’’ Mr Ngene said.
He explained that the machines were purchased from Cimline.Com, a U.S.-based company through their local representatives, Solyd Nigeria Ltd.
Ngene stressed that the agency embarked on the mission to offer rapid response to emerging potholes and ensure an attainment of zero potholes on Anambra State roads.
He noted that inclusion of the automated patching machines would effectively check deterioration of roads in the state, as potholes would be patched as soon as they emerge.
The Anambra Central Coordinator said that the machines were effective in handling low and moderate potholes of less than an inch deep or two inches deep.
Mr Ifeanyi Nnaeke of Solyd Nig. Ltd., explained that the machines were fully automated and also multi-tasking.
``They can handle three key processes involved in patching of potholes -- blowing, spraying and filling up.
``it has come with an inbuilt generator with different compartments for Asphalt and chippings, two adjustable hoists for blowing, spraying and filling up of potholes, and an inbuilt mixer.
``The machine is noted for fast service delivery; it achieves more with less labour and stress.
``Less traffic congestion will also be witnessed on roads when ARMA workers are on site carrying on patch works; as they can be manned by 6-man crew.’’
Mr Matt McCormick, Director International Sales, Cimline.com, while training the 15 ARMA road workers on best ways to handle the equipment, urged them to follow the rules.
He assured them that it was necessary that in handling techniques of the equipment, the rules were followed as potholes patched by Dura machines could have up to 5-year life span.
He, then, enjoined them to pay proper attention to the training.
Mr Afamuefuna Stevens and Mr Fabian Nweke, coordinators for Anambra South and North Senatorial Zones said that work hazards involved in the use of the machines are late arrival of Asphalt and long duration of work on roads.
Others are abuses and accusations from road users and working late at nights to overcome some challenges.
``The use of the Dura machine will definitely
solve these problems, given its fastness in patching potholes,’’ the coordinators