“No time do we need engineers as now”This was Engr. Mrs. Funmilade Akingbagbohun declaration to engineers in academic during the recent Conference organised by Covenant University school of engineering in Ota Ogun state where she was the Goodwill Speaker at the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 International Mechanical Engineering conference of covenant university recently where she was the Special Guest.

The international Conference for sustainable development organised by the department of mechanical engineering, covenant university was tagged “Engineering for a Sustainable World”, held inside Multi-Purpose Hall of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Development Students, (CEDS), Covenant University, and attracted academic and practicing engineers along with policy makers.

The Vice Chair NSE Ikeja Branch, who is also the immediate past Chairperson of NIMechE Lagos Chapter, praised the University for its academic exploits in its short history. Saying : ” this University, has in its short period of existence, become one of the foremost institutions that aimed at building Total man, contribute to the national development and also provide avenue for industry practitioners, academia and policy makers to collaborate and chart a way forward for the growth and development of the country.”

She noted that the Theme of the Conference comes at the right time. Citing the state of Nigeria economy and its recent slide into becoming the world’s Poverty Capital after overcoming India as the country with the largest number of poor people in the world after a report by Brookings Institution, data from the World Poverty Clock recently revealed that Nigeria now has over 87 million people living in poverty thus overtaking India which has 73 million people living in poverty.

Furthermore, Engr Akingbagbohun said the attainment of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals is hinged upon the active participation of engineers. According to her: “Nigerian energy challenges, low capacity industrialisation, poor infrastructure networks and security issues, rising population, all call attention to the urgent need of the innovators, engineers, Change makers who can make things happen. Since most of these challenges are engineering content.

Engr Akingbagbohun submitted that The engineers and technologists ‘cannot be ignored if we are to achieve the goal of solving the multifaceted challenges facing the country today.’

Engineers have been trained to work within constraints, in environments of uncertainty, to identify and to handle challenges and come up with the right solutions. They are able to leverage a wide range of expertise in every situation. These attributes are urgently needed to address many of the national and global issues confronting us.

“While it is an open secret that our country has not fully tapped the potentials of our engineers in the policy implementation and formulation at national level; with politicians often taking charge where engineers are best suited, I must challenge us that we cannot by any stretch of imagination stop making our input as the tide of time is in our favour. The World simply can no longer ignore the engineers and any nation that do so will only drag itself backward while the pace of accelerating technological innovation, advancement and change leaves it behind.” She enphasised.

She challenged the gathering to join hands together in working for Nigerian engineers to rise up to the challenges. QUoting Henry Potroski , she concluded: ‘As engineers, we were going to be in a position to change the world – not just study it.’

Also at the event are Engr. Oluwaniyi, Engr. Bayo Majonagbe, Engr. Catherine Onojaefe.

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