Members of the Nigerian Society of Nigeria (NSE) have been advised to join politics to provide direction in leadership, revolutionalise the nation’s infrastructure and ensure rapid economic growth.
Flour Mills Plc Human Resources Director, Wale Adeniran, made the call while speaking as a guest speaker at the 8th memorial lecture of the late Dr Ralph Alabi, the first Ikeja branch chairman of the society. The lecture was organised by the Ikeja branch of the NSE. He spoke on the topic: “Political and Human Re-Engineering: An exemplary passion of an Icon for his nation.”
Adeniran said political leadership should be accessible and affordable to engineers in order to make the desired impact needed in the nation’s economy.
The guest speaker said engineers were trained to provide solutions and manage human resources, and as such, would do better in political leadership.
He said engineers provided leadership in most developed countries, noting that China revolutionalised its infrastructure and economy because it had engineers in politics.
Adeniran explained that some countries like Indonesia with history of military rule developed rapidly because their engineers were given opportunity in governance.
“The NSE must take it as a challenge to mentor engineers to provide leadership. In the case of China, they have engineer politicians. Where are our own engineer politicians?,” he asked.
The NSE Ikeja branch chairman, Mr Akin Akintola, said the branch was ready to lead the campaign to mentor engineers into politics.
“I am a politician myself and will encourage and give my members optimum support to go into politics for the overall good of Nigeria,” he said.
Akintola said the legacies of the first chairman, the late Dr Ralph Alabi, being celebrated, was worthy of emulations.
An elder and past chairman of NSE Lagos Chapter, Mr Tunde Zedomi, also stressed the need to take the campaign for participation of engineers in politics serious.