Revive Local fabrication of machine tools and Productive sector to check recession, Engineers advised FG

Revive Local fabrication of machine tools and Productive sector to check recession, Engineers advised FG
The Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE have urged the Federal Government to encourage the local building of machine tools as a strategy to exit the economic recession.
The President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Engr Otis Anyaeji,  made the appeal in Abuja at the inauguration of the Nigerian Society of Safety Engineers (NISE), a division of Nigerian Society of Engineers. He explained that the local manufacturing of machine tools represents a quick way to check the economic situation.

Anyaeji said, “The automotive sector has the linkages with other sectors that government should encourage people to go into. If we want to grow the economy in a sustainable manner, the country must immediately make huge investments in the machine tools sector.

“This is the sector that makes machines for other sectors. For sometimes now, our economy has been inactive which literarily means negative growth. Nigeria can escape from the negative growth when the economy becomes active especially in the productive areas.”
He said government must begin to get the people involved in the manufacturing of what Nigerians consume.
The NSE President explained that with the huge deficit of housing in Nigeria, government should encourage builders to embark on massive building, owing to its multi-layer economic benefits.
He said one thing that Nigeria must take very seriously is housing. It is believed that when a country’s housing sector is active, such a country would never get into recession. The reason for that assertion is because of the linkage of inputs into housing.
Anyaeji hinted that the NSE is already talking to government via the ministries of industry, trade and investment, transportation and power, works and housing regarding the projects that would be built with the loan that Nigeria is seeking to obtain from the Chinese government.
The NSE helmsman said that while the NSE is not against borrowing by government, efforts must be made to ensure clauses that would translate into cogent and speedy development of the nation’s infrastructure are inserted in the agreements.
He said: “We have made it very clear to government that there is the need to create a manufacturing sector that will manufacture the entire infrastructure that would be needed in the execution of the projects. What that means is that government should look for investment into the manufacturing sector.
“Government should make it a matter of policy to insert into all the agreements to obtain loan that the materials needed for execution of projects would be sourced within Nigeria. The society is convinced that toeing this line would speed up the process of exiting the economic recession Nigeria is presently going through.”
Chairman of the Nigerian Institutions of Safety Engineers (NISE), Abiodun Oyedepo, said the association would soon unveil safety codes that are aimed at boosting the safety of projects


  1. Engineering is the driver to other allied or nonallied professions in technology development. For the Nigerian economy to make any headway, Engineering must be overhauled and reorganized.
    One of such reorganization is regulatory independence, since the country is grossly technologically backwards and the level of awareness is virtually nonexistent. This is because, since the profession is not easily obvious – like medicine, law, accountancy, etc, – any interference would result to a phenomenon of emergence and independence is a core required parameter in engineering success. This can be obvious from the fact that we have not made much progress for more than sixty years of Engineering in the country. Another striking example is the lame-wheel movement at Ajaokuta, death of machine tools Oshogbo, transfer of the rail system from one set of expertriates to the other, etc.
    Secondly; Engineers already having COREN Certification would have to under test of ingenuity – marked on creativity, originality, independence, innovation, and inventiveness. Any Engineer who succeeds is upgraded to ‘Ingenier’.
    Thirdly; engineering is sophisticated and systemmically different from other professions. I am not suppose to learn a thing before engineering it. Else, I’m no longer engineering (properly ingeniering).
    Fourthly; since ingeniering is sophisticated, Engineers are suppose to be properly paid so that they can make working models before presenting their innovations to management. Non-engineers connect faster to a working equipment than proposals. They are also able to easily get updated by subscribing to international professional publications and events.
    Finally; it is wrong for Ingeniers, working for the same employer (government), to be paid differently just because they are in different MDAs. There is no justification that if both were switched, the one receiving less payment will not out-perform the one receiving higher pay.


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