The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Calabar Branch, has inducted sixty-six new corporate members. The event took place during the 2nd Memorial Lecture in honour of the first branch chairman of NSE, the late Engineer John U. Egbe .
The Calabar Branch Chairman, Engr. Nsed Ayip Akonjom (Ph.D) administered the oath on the inductees at the University of Calabar Senate Chamber recently.
Among those inducted is the State Commissioner for Environment, Engr. Mike Eraye.
In his opening speech, the National President of NSE, Engr. Adekunle O. Mokuolu FNSE, who was represented by the National Chairman of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors, Engr. Andem Ekpo Bassey, said Nigerian engineers are as good as their counterparts anywhere in the world.
He said they should be given roles to play in governance by being given appointments into areas that require the expertise of engineers.
He urged engineers themselves to show interest in politics, and expressed delight that one of their own, Engr. Dane Osim-Asu, is the Cross River State Commissioner for Works.
He said the inductees need mentorship and guidance from senior engineers to get to the pinnacle of their profession.
Speaking in a similar vein, the Branch Chairman, Engr. Nsed Akonjom, urged the inductees to learn from experienced engineers, as learning and patience are very important to grow in the profession.
He advised civil servants to join politics but should not contest for any political office, adding that this is necessary so that when issues that affect them are being discussed, they will be adequately represented.
In his keynote address titled: Engineers- Pivotal To Good Governance And Purposeful Leadership In Any Nation, Engr. Osim-Asu said: “the topic is apt, given the pedigree of the man in whose memory we have gathered here today.”
He said “a purposeful leader is that one who fosters change. Therefore purposeful leaders are not necessarily those who merely hold formal leadership positions. On the contrary, all engineers are potential leaders.”
Osim-Asu quoted UNDP as defining good governance “as the exercise of economic, political and administrative authority to manage a country’s affairs at all levels. It comprises the mechanisms, process and institutions through which citizens and groups articulate their interests, exercise their legal right, meet their obligations and mediate their differences.”
Furthermore, he stated that good governance is participatory, transparent and accountable and promotes the rule of law. The commissioner listed lack of credible election, the menace of Godfatherism in politics, unemployment, over population and corruption as some of the challenges that militate against good governance.
He said Nigerian engineers in public and private sectors should be supported and empowered to enable them contribute to the development of the country.
Three papers were presented at the occasion. They include: ‘Integrating Engineering Expertise In Public Policy Process: An Astute Strategy for the Advancement of a Nation’;
“Engineers’ Involvement In Partisan Politics as Vanguard for Purposeful Leadership in Nigeria’; and ‘Industrial Revolution, a bye Product of Efficient Legislation from National and State Assemblies for Engineers and by Engineers’.
One of the high points of the occasion was the award of Excellence bestowed on SERMATECH, an indigenous construction company, for its contribution to the development of Cross River State and beyond.
During the dinner funds were raised for the completion of a befitting new mini secretariat building in Calabar.