The President, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Mr. Otis Anyaeji, says engineering development is being relegated to the background in issues of nation building.
Anyaeji stated this during the Nigerian Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ programme to commemorate the World Standards Week at the National Engineering Centre in Abuja.
“Engineering standards and standards development have been relegated in the scheme of things and based on my belief, standards are very important to engineering practice and nation building,” he said.
The NSE president, who was represented by one of the vice presidents of the society, Mr. Tasiu Wudil, also commended the NIEEE for the foresight in marking the event considering its importance to engineering safety and practice, adding that the importance of standards to engineering practice could not be overemphasised.
According to the institution, the NIEEE is the first among the various NSE divisions to work with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria to adopt standards in any engineering discipline.
In another development, the NIEEE has inaugurated two chapters of the institution in Eket and Uyo in the drive to ensure that all electrical and electronics engineers in the country are catered for.
The National Chairman of the institution, Mr. Emmanuel Akinwole, while inaugurating the chapters, said as an institution of first choice, it was important that the NIEEE reached out to its members across the nation and bring them under a single umbrella for the common good of the profession.
According to him, in doing so, the institution will be able to monitor its members and respond to their needs.
The newly inaugurated Eket chapter Chairman, Mr. Thompson Manam, called on the government to address the myriads of problems facing the power sector.
“This chapter has been in prolonged labour before its birth and this inauguration is made possible due to the renewed commitment of members to reposition the chapter. Given the fact that the Eket chapter had long existed before now, the chapter will lead other chapters to fulfil the institution’s mandates,” he added.
The Uyo chapter Chairman Mr. EnoObong Ebong, commended the national chairman for his efforts to inaugurate chapters that meet the needed requirements and promised to ensure that the Uyo chapter remained at the forefront in promoting the objectives of the institution.
“Now that the chapter is in Uyo, the institution will work with various and relevant government agencies to proffer solutions to issue that trouble the state,” he said.