National President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Engr Otis Anyaeji, has said they would work with institutions of distinction for the purpose of building the capacity of its members toenable them contribute effectively to the growth of engineering practice and development in the country.
Anyaeji, who stated this in Calabar during the close of activities marking the annual week and investiture of new members by the Calabar branch, described engineering as “a crucial entity in enhancing national development,” noting that no country could develop without the effective use of its engineers.
Commending the Cross River Branch of the NSE for its consistent contribution and interest in the growth of the engineering profession, the President charged the branch to introduce entrepreneurial enlightenment campaign where chief executives of industries could share their experiences with other engineers on wealth creation to build their financial capacity and position them to contribute to the profession and nation.
“We in the Engineering profession must continually lend our ingenuity in assisting our political leaders to resolve the challenges confronting our country and as part of this effort; we have engaged our colleagues elected into the national assembly and governor for a quarterly meeting brainstorm on how to contribute our quota to national development.”
Also speaking, the chairman of the society in Cross River state, Nsed Akonjum, said “cases of building collapse in parts of the country is due largely to the use of quacks in the execution of construction work to cut cost and corners and not because of the incompetence of engineers in the country.”
According to Akonjom, Nigerian engineers were often bypassed by government functionaries in the execution of projects for expatriates engaged and that such notion gives the wrong impression that Nigerian engineers are not capable of handling or supervising the execution of projects.
He reasoned that Nigeria has come to the point where legislation and policies should be made to support the use of indigenous engineers in the execution of jobs in the country to put pay to the capital flight that comes with the use of foreign engineers for virtually every construction work.