The National Chairman, Engr. Mrs. Aishatu Aliyu Umar led a delegation of the Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers comprising of the former COREN President, Engr. Kashim Abdul Ali,, Engr. Fadeyi Olaniyi Lawrence, Engr. Abdulkareem Hameed Olayinka, Engr. Dominic O. Akuboh, Engr. SadiqBomoi, Nasiru Lawal and Peter Fadeyi on a Courtesy visit to the honourable Minister of state for Works and Housing, Engr. Abubakar D. Aliyu, Tuesday, 28th July, 2020.
The delegation was received by the Honourable Minister and his team of Directors and one Technical Assistant. The Directors included Engr. Funsho Adebiyi (Dir./ Transport), Engr. Godwin Ekpo (Director/Highway, South-South), Engr. Celestine Shamsu (Director/Highway, North-East), Engr. Solomon (Director/Highway, North-West), Engr. EbeAdebiyi (DD/Highway, South-West), Engr. J.A. Yusuf (Director/Highway, North-Central) and Sarafidan (Technical Assistant to the hon. Minister of States).
At the meeting, the National Chairman, Engr. Mrs. Aishatu Aliyu Umar commended the ministry for its many efforts towards uplifting the Nigerian roads despite the many challenges. She said the Institution is proud of him as a Civil Engineer while also urging him not to relent in effort to leave lasting legacies.
She highlighted some of the achievements of her tenure to include increase membership drive for the institution, setting up a National Secretariat at Abuja, chapters expansion, increases in professional development activities nationwide, Local and International Professional Affiliations and MoUs among others.
She sought the support of the honourable Minister to get all qualified Civil Engineers of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing register with the Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers. She also intimated the Minister of the desire of NICE towards acquisition of Land for NICE Permanent National Secretariat as part of its consolidation agenda.
She urged the Ministry to intensify efforts in combating the activities of quacks and the use of sub-standard materials in construction. Further, she emphasized the need to address the issue of infrastructural decay and deficit in Nigeria
She concluded by extending invitation to the Minster to attend the 2020 NICE Conference/Annual general meeting scheduled to hold at the International Conference Centre but might also hold virtually if the COVID 19 Pandemic persists.
In his response the honourable Minister acknowledged receipt of congratulatory letter written to him when he was appointed by the institution stating that he had replied and commended the efforts of the Institution in same regard.
On the issue of request for support in securing or acquiring a land for the Institution’s Permanent National Secretariat in Abuja, he advised the NICE to write officially to the Ministry stating an area of support needed from the ministry. He promised to encourage and support qualified members of staff of the Ministry register with NICE and other relevant professional organisations.
On quackery and use of sub-standard materials, he said that the enabling law has already been put in place by government to enable regulatory agencies/engineers carry out inspection and requested that the task be carried out diligently and effectively too. He made an analogy of how medical doctors save a life at a time and how the action of engineers can save lives at a time. He advocated for prompt identification of quacks and eradication of sub-standard materials while reiterating safety and economy in engineering design and construction.
He mentioned that the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing has about 600 road projects ongoing across the country and urged NICE to take advantage of this opportunity brought by an engineering-friendly government of his excellency, Mohammadu Buhari, GCFR, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Engr Aliyu congratulated NICE for their acceptance into the World Council of Civil Engineers and several international affiliations. concluded by urging NICE to develop a strategy to contribute to the ministry. He also charged NICE to render professional advisories to further boost the positive impact of the Ministry’s activities.