The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has urged the federal government to effectively utilise the skills of its members for infrastructural projects.
The association noted that it’s pathetic that engineers are seen as not living up to their responsibility despite, the depth of expertise and innovations the members’ possess.
Chairman, Apapa Branch of NSE, Dr. Ombugadu Garba stated this during the association 2018 engineering week held in Lagos.
According to him, irrespective of the perception which the public holds about the practitioners, they have proven to be well trained and could compete favourably with their counterparts anywhere in the world.
He said the nations’ economy has a lot to benefit if government supports practitioners, emphasising that any engineer engaged for infrastructural development would create multiple jobs for the people.
Speaking on the theme, “Engineering in the eyes of the nation“, the chairman said; “Some people see practitioners as hardworking individuals that could set up the country on the path of technology and innovation while others see engineer as incompetent. Whichever way the society sees engineers, we believed that practitioners are well trained and could compete favourably with their counterparts anywhere in the world.”
“We call on the government to support Nigerian engineers more.
The present government is taking a good look at improving the participation of indigenous engineers.
The recently signed order five is encouraging local technology, and participation of Nigerian engineers in the construction and building of infrastructure”, he stated.
He explained that members have been advising government on the need for effective metering approach for the people and the need for the public to have value for their money.
Similarly, the Vice Chairman, Sunny Ejeje, explained that engineers need to get the confidence of the public through exemplary service delivery.