NSE to govt: Patronise indigenous engineers

…inducts 30 UNN graduates

The regulating organ for the engineering profession in the country, the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has inducted no fewer than 30 graduates of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), who were presented with the certificates of recognition of the society.

The induction is part of efforts by the society to regulate the practice as well as to strengthen and control the standard of professional engineers. The event, which marked the formal enrolment of the inductees into the society as registered engineering graduates, was held at the Jerry Marriott Hotel, Nsukka.

The theme of the induction ceremony was: “The Role of Engineer in a Recessed Economy,” and was delivered by Prof. E.C Ejiogu, a lecturer at the Faculty of Engineering of the university.

In his lecture, Ejiogu noted that for a country to survive economically and technologically, one of the major steps was for the government at all levels to pay adequate attention to its indigenous engineers. Indigenous Technology, as he explained would assist such a country to thoroughly understand its problems, even as the don dismissed as a wrong notion that Nigerian engineering graduates were still at their embryonic stage.

While urging the government to involve the indigenous engineers in all its various activities in order to address the nation’s domestic engineering needs, the Professor of Engineering and one of the inductees, however, noted that NSE due its enormous contributions to the Nigerian economy growth, had recorded massive change in various facets of national development including the strategic alliances and partnerships which had yielded several other benefits such as collaborative research, innovation in modern design and training of younger ones.

On his part, Otis Oliver Anyaeji of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, noted that the aim of the society is to increase productivity and enhance technology growth, as well as capacity building towards the realisation of better society; provide field laboratories where engineering students and graduates could acquire necessary practical experience that would equipped them for the tasks in engineering profession.

The engineers called on the government to play virile roles in providing relevant materials to the universities in the country to improve the quality of engineering graduates.

The Head of Media and Publicity for the society, Mr. Felix Ibitoye Adeniran, an engineer, said NSE as a regulatory body for engineering profession, urged the government at all levels to recognise the profession in a bid to address the present economic situation in the country.

He further explained that until Nigerian engineers were accorded recognition and given prominent position in the scheme of development before the country could survive economy hardship. “Take for instance, Nigerians engineers in other countries are the best and doing well as reports are bound everywhere across the world, but at home it has become somehow difficult to appreciate indigenous knowledge.

That is why we are calling on the government to look inward in awarding major contracts to Nigerian engineers and not foreigners,” he said.

In his remarks, the Vice-chancellor of the university, Prof. Benjamin Ozumba, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Academic, Prof. James Ogbonna, described the event as a landmark for the new inductees.

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