Yesterday, Wednesday, the Honourable Minister of Interior, Engr. Rauf Aregbesola, hosted a delegation of Nigerian Society of Engineers, Ikeja Branch at his office in Abuja. At the meeting, the Minister, who is a Fellow of Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE, used the opportunity to task Engineers in the country to come up with homegrown technologies to address National challenges; Isqil Najim reports.
Speaking at the meeting, the Chairman of the Branch, Engr Tosin Ogunmola informed the Minister that the visit was to formally express gratitude to him for his contributions to the Branch from his days as the Comissioner of Works in Lagos State and particularly for his unprecedented support on the Engineering Resource Center project, which is instituted to operate as an Engineering Innovation Incubation and Product Development center. He said, while presenting update on the project that it has now reached 70% completion stage.
A Past President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Engr. Olorunfemi Ademola Isaac lauded Minister’s continued commitments to the advancement of Engineering profession. He pointed out the Minister has often shown concerns in various aspects of engineering where his offices encompass. He recalled some of the notable infrastructural feats achieved both as a Commissioner in Lagos and as a Governor in Osun State. He tasked the Minister not to relent in his efforts towards the transformation of our country to what’s obtainable in advanced Societies.
In his response, the Engr Rauf Aregbesola noted the various submissions and thanked the delegation for their visit. He praised the Branch leadership for its innovative tendencies.He used the opportunity task Nigerian Engineers to join hands in national development by coming up with home-grown technological solutions to address critical areas of national challenges.
He outlined some areas of interventions where the expertise of the local engineering community are needed. Among which are development of body tracker technologies to combat banditry; Innovation of simple solutions for the conversion of vehicular gasoline engines to those with gas-compatible carburetion system in order to drive national policy on compressed gas usage, which invariably could contribute into making our environment cleaner and create huge employment opportunities in the automotive sector among others.
Aregbesola also bemoaned the poor maintenance culture in the country and undesirable situation of abandonment of engineering equipment and machineries such as in the Agricultural sector and urged engineers to come up with innovative ways to address it.
He emphasised the need for Nigerian Engineers to take up the challenge of making contributions that would enhance the living conditions of citizens and turn the slums the majority of Nigerians live in to liveable cities with decent living.
In closing, he praised Engr. Margaret Oguntala, the first female Chairman of the Branch as a role model and called for more women in engineering practice and leadership in the country.
The delegation led by the Branch Chairman, Engr. Tosin Ogunmola, included a Past President of Nigerian Society of Engineers, Engr. Ademola Isaac Olorunfemi, a three time Vice President of Nigerian Society of Engineers, Engr. Margaret Oguntala, MD/CEO Kenol Nigeria Limited, Engr. Olu Ogunduyile, Technical Secretary of the Branch and MD/CEO, Wurvicat International limited. Engr. Atinuke Owolabi, and Engr. Kunle Adebowale.
The Branch Chairman, Ogunmola used the opportunity to deliver letter of invitation to him as a Distinguished Guest of Honour at the 2021 Engineering Week Business Luncheon, which holds on Tuesday, 17th August 2021 in Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.
It will be recalled that the Branch is currently constructing an Engineering resource centre located within the Branch secretariat complex in Agege. The centre, named after Engr Rauf Aregbesola, has several facilities planned to cater for professional engineers with current technological training as well as groom young and upcoming engineers.