Worried by the decline in engineering practice in Nigeria occasioned by lowering of standards, eggheads in the profession have canvassed for a rebirth.To address this malady, they urged engineers in the country to come of their docility by providing solutions to myriad of the problems confronting the nation.
President, Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Babagana Mohammed, led the call at the inaugural lecture series of the Apapa branch.The event organized in Lagos was to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the branch.
Speaking at the event, which also witnessed presentation of awards to the first chairman of the branch, Chief Akintunde Zedomi, former president, Academy of Engineers, Mrs. Joana Maduka and Director of Engineering, National Theatre, Iganmu, Anele Nwogu, NSE president said engineers should brace up to the challenges in Nigeria because engineering is meant to solve problems.
Mohammed, who was represented by a council member, Oluyemi Akindeji Morakinyo, said although the present administration has good plans it needs engineers to actualize them.
He however regretted that the engineering is moving in lower level in Nigeria especially in the preparation of design work.He stressed that where engineers are cutting corners in designs, the consequence will be v very fatal.
According to him, the President Buhari has signed some laws to make the practice of engineers and engineering profession relevant, which include engineering students on national assignment must work in engineering firms but that should be followed to the latter by engineers.
He stressed that the society is working hard to change the narrative by educating members while coming up with committees to work with government to ensure that executive orders are really followed.
Similarly, former Vice president, Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) and Chairman, National Automotive council, Chief Akintunde Zedomi, urged Nigeria engineers to rise up and use their God given resource to improve the lots of Nigerians. Zedomi, who delivered the inaugural lecture titled NSE Apapa branch: Golden in Name& Deeds”, expressed worries that engineers are getting docile.
He said: “ In our own days, we speak out, we redesigned systems not only do we just speak out, if a road is bad and we want to make the road better, we make a design, publish the design by saying that this is the design for this type of road. We don’t look about this contract or no contract of thing”.
Chief Zedomi, who was elated for witnessing the first lecture series, urged the branch to improve the gender situation in the branch and use engineering to improve on the living standards of people in the riverine communities of Apapa. He also expressed worries that local politics is involving engineers, saying it is not good for he profession.
“ In our own time, we went out there and proffer solutions. If government is not listening to you, private sectors will listen and individuals can take it up, there will be solutions one way or the other.
“ It is the hue and cry of engineers that led to the establishment of local content in the country, the word is to proffer solution”, he added.
On his part, the Chairman, Apapa Branch of NSE, Sunny Ejeje, said the branch is restrategising to address some of the maladies in the society. He stressed that the branch has been consistent in its 19 years of existence, leading to increase in membership and recognitions at the national level.