The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) yesterday commenced its National Conference in Kano State.
The five-day-long event holding at Afficent Event center in Kano, has the theme,“The Role of the Private Sector in Waste Management in Nigeria.”
The conference commenced with the 4th College of fellows roundtable symposium, where discussants from different parts of the country deliberated on waste management with a view to turning waste into wealth.
During the technical session of the conference, experts in various fields of engineering delivered papers on waste management.
Shortly after the opening ceremony, the National President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Engineer Adekunle O. Mokuolu ledother deginitaries to Wudil town in Wudil Local Government Area, where he inaugurated additional branch of the society.
Over 5,000 engineers are expected to elect a new set of national executives that include president, deputy president, three vice presidents and six national exco to man the affairs of the society.
While the election will hold on Thursday, a press conference would hold on Friday where the society would disclose its position on the conference and other issues affecting its members.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the President of the society, Engr Adekunle O. Mokuolu, said government must engage trained and certified engineers that can deliver professional proficiency in order to propel and accelerate growth and development in critical infrastructural sector of the country.
Engr. Mokuolu, who expressed the determination of NSE in asserting its prowess in the body of knowledge and intellectuals, said Nigerian Engineers were major stakeholders in the development process and that they should be given their rightful place in governance.
He canvassed for a strategic collaboration between the federal government and NSE on the construction of affordable houses to check the growing housing deficit in the country, noting that NSE had presented its developmental roadmap to the federal government in an attempt to facilitate 100,000 jobs for Nigerians.
“The conference will enable Engineers to formulate a procedure and process that will ensure the development of our country based on science and technology. We want to commence the domestication of development and with that we need to affirm that we are also major stakeholders in building the project, Nigeria. As such we don’t want to see people who are not professionals take our rightful place in government.
“President Buhari has mustered the vision to propose the policy of bringing 1 000,000 Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years and that cannot be actualized by foreigners, it has to be done by Nigerians. We are here to formulate the process that will complement the president’s vision. We would generate the platform for engagement for the development.
“Actualizing the agenda, we are going to develop strategic collaboration with the government. So, we are presenting our developmental roadmap to the government on how to engender developmental program in the country.
“We have started a process of providing a developmental program in the country. “We have started a process of providing affordable housing for Nigerians with electricity, water and all the conveniences. That initiative will provide jobs for teeming youths and local materials will be used as well. The mortgage infrastructure will be made attractive such that people with minimum wage will be able to afford,” he concluded.