The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Calabar Branch has criticized the Government of Cross River State for relegating local Engineers in favour of foreign ones.
Referring to the signature projects by the Governor Ben Ayade’s led Government of Cross River State such as the proposed super high way, the deep sea port, new cities among others, the society said;
“Engineers in Cross River State have no ideas about what is happening about all those projects. Foreigners are engaged in the execution of virtually all those jobs”.
This feeling was expressed by the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Calabar Branch at the weekend in Calabar during a workshop on a review of the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the society.
Chairman of the Calabar Branch, Engineer Dr. NsedAkonjom said “we are not carried along by the state government stressing that “any government that relies on foreigners to grow her economy, is bound to fail”.
“Those mercenaries have no stake in our state and the country at large. That is the reason why we keep having failed culverts, bridges, roads and several other similar projects”.
…People who are school certificate holders elsewhere come here and maybe because they are white skinned, our governments patronize them at the expense of local engineers”.
The chairman who is also a lecturer at the Federal University, Abakiliki in Ebonyi State urged the Cross River House of Assembly to make laws that will urge institutions in the state to patronize “home grown engineers”.
Akonjom expressed worry that “after attending some of the best universities within and outside the country, we are marginalized in favour of foreigners in the execution of contracts”.
The university don, on behalf of the association blamed both the state and federal governments alleging that “they patronize foreigners because they do deals with them and collect kickbacks”.
On why the society is contemplating a change of name as canvassed at the workshop, Nsed said; “as we are growing, we need a name that will embrace all. We did not have Communication Engineers before but today, we have so, the need for a new name to embrace all”.
Earlier, Engineer Valerie Ifueko Ageragba, former vice president of NSE urged engineers “to work as a team so we can achieve more”.
Hear her; “We have been complaining of marginalization. We ourselves must say “here we are before we will be heard”.
Valerie, who represented the President, Engineer Oliver Anyaeji at the occasion urged engineers across the country “to have a change of attitude so we can salvage our profession”.
The former national vice president also shared similar sentiments with other engineers that “no mercenaries will love our country better than ourselves” urging both governments and private sectors to patronize local engineers.