The Founder/Chairman, DAAR Communication Plc, High Chief, Raymond Dokpesi have advised the Nigerian government to utilize the best of the country’s professionals if the country is to achieve its technological goal. He said during an interview at the Silver Jubilee Celebration of Nigerian Society of Engineers, Ikeja Branch, held at Sheraton Hotels and Tower Ikeja, Lagos.
He said that his experience in both public and private sector gave him a vantage position to assess the Nigerian professionals: Particularly the engineers. He observed that Nigerians engineers are sometimes overlooked not because they not competent, or not capable but because of many factors like self interests in contract award process.
He lamented the situation where young people employing crude technology, for instance, in Oil refining process are discouraged and treated as criminals rather than been encouraged to perfect their skills or provided training and other incentives for proper regularization of their activities.
Answering the reporters, the founder of first Private Television Station to run on 24hr in Nigeria, noted that Nigeria missed the opportunity to advance the technology by not capitalizing on the technical knowhow of our people in the 60s/70s.
While praising the signing of the Presidential Executive Order which he believes will go a long way in encouraging the engineers, as well as aid the efforts toward actualizing the industrialization agenda, he observed that there will be need for Political Will to put the policy into full operation. He said that if the executive can implement the policy, it will greatly encourage the engineers as well as provide opportunity to showcase the best of our professionals.
He expressed sadness at the handling of Ajaokuta Steel Project. Saying there is a huge opportunity for the country to look into the Steel industry and provide enabling environment for them to thrive. He expressed optimism that we eventually get it right. He however said that the foundation of any credible industrialization goal of the country rest on our capability to develop our steel industry. He urged those in charge to take the issue of the Ajaokuta plant revival more seriously to enable us achieve our industrialization agenda.
Further, Dr Dokpesi advised that the country should give our best men and women in engineering and other fields the opportunity to develop the country. Noting that we cannot really develop or know the level of their capabilities until we give them the chance to perform; make mistake; rectify it; and perfect their trade. This is how we will develop our own technology.
Earlier at the event, he has praised the Nigerian Society of Engineers for its progress despite the environment. He especially enthused that the NSE Ikeja Branch with its activities in the last 25 years has indeed justified its tag as ‘the best of the best’ and is right to roll out the drum to celebrate its achievements. He encouraged the Branch to continue to innovate and fashion out programmes that encourage and develop the engineers in most fundamental areas of engineering.
Earlier, in the prrogramme, Dr Dokpesi, who hold a first Class degree in Marine Transport Engineering and who had ventured into world of had launched the Branch History Book while the NSE and COREN President Engr Adekunle Mokuolu and Engr Kashim Ali respectively presented Awards to Daar Communication Plc for its roles in Broadcasting in Nigeria.
The Ikeja Branch of NSE was inaugurated in 1993. The Branch was founded by the visionary leaders led by late Engr Olu Awoyinfa who saw the need to rally together the engineers within the Ikeja Industrial areas and environs and chart a common ground toward engineering development and members’ welfares. It has since become one of the best Branches of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and produced leaders in many fields.
Compiled by Isqil Najim/Ganiu Najim
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