SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE NIGERIAN SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS, ENGR. ADEKUNLE MOKUOLU, FNSE DURING THE OFFICIAL VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, MUHAMMADU BUHARI,GCFR, ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2019.
Your Excellency, Sir, it gives me great delight that the leadership of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) got the opportunity to meet you today. I must also thank the Almighty God for your life, seeing how fit and relaxed you look today, after spending one hectic week of meetings in Japan and long hours of air travel back home. We are immensely grateful for this opportunity, Sir.
Your Excellency, on behalf of the Council of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, I thank you for the enormous work you are doing to put Nigeria back on the path of development, particularly in recognizing the importance of Engineering to the advancement of our nation. In 2009, when you attended our Engineering conference in Owerri as Special Guest of Honour, you expressed your belief about achieving National development through the utilization of local capacity. Today, as President of Nigeria, you are living up to your belief.
To prove your commitment to indigenous capacity building, you gave us the following:
- The Presidential Executive Order 5 “for Planning and Execution of Projects, Promotion of Nigerian Content in Contracts and Science, Engineering & Technology”.
- Presidential Executive Order 7 “on Road Infrastructure Development and Refurbishment Investment Tax Credit Scheme”.
- Presidential assent to the 2018 Amendment of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) Act.
- Appointment of senior members of our Society as Ministers.
- Appointment of other senior Engineers as Heads of critical Government agencies.
Mr. President, we are grateful for all these and, indeed, for leading us in the fight against corruption and for generally improving good governance in Nigeria.However, we believe that the Nigerian Engineers have much more to offer in driving the programmes for the sustainable economic and infrastructure development of Nigeria. Our Society has the structure and membership strength to effectively collaborate with the Federal Government in achieving her development objectives of delivering elements and structures of better life for all Nigerians.
NSE has a network of 75 Branches spread across every State in Nigeria. In addition to our enormous strength in membership and locational spread across Nigeria, we have recently expanded our influence and affiliations across international frontiers by establishing two (2) diaspora Branches; one in Houston, United States of America and the other in London, United Kingdom. More NSE Branches in other countries will be inaugurated soon. It is important to mention here that these international Branches have Nigerian Engineers, who are resident and working in those countries, as members.
This move is with a view to harnessing the abundant intellectual resources of Nigerian Engineers in the diaspora. It will not only give these Nigerian professionals a sense of belonging, it will broaden the scope of engineering expertise, with a broad range of experiences at the disposal of both the Federal and State governments in Nigeria. Mr. President, that was one of NSE’s strategic responses to the Presidential ExecutiveOrder 5
Sir, NSE is a very active member of the Regional, Continental and Global Engineering Organisations, namely the West African Federation of Engineering Organisations (WAFEO), the Federation of African Engineering Organisations (FAEO), which Secretariat is hosted by NSE, as well as the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO). I want to tell you, Sir, that NSE is very much on course in the domestication of global codes and standards in Engineering.
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