The President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Mr Otis Anyaeji, has said the non-involvement of indigenous engineers in the politics and policy formulation is responsible for the slow pace of development in the country.
He spoke at this year’s yearly lecture/awards and induction ceremony of the Lagos branch of NSE at the University of Lagos.
Anyaeji, who was represented by a member of NSE’s National Executive Committee, Mr. Felix Adeniran, advised all tiers of government to engage engineers in formulating policies that relate to their area of specialisation so as to get things right and accelerate the nation’s growth.
“The political class are the ones making the policies. If we want to get it right in this country, the Association of Professional Bodies have to come together. In the advanced countries professionals especially the engineers are the ones that formulate policies, so why is Nigeria different?” he said.
The theme of the lecture: “Prevention of Collapse of Buildings – the Collective Responsibilities,’’ Anyaeji said, was a timely call to address the various problems in the construction sector. He advised the 65 inductees to shun compromises, be focused and dedicated in ensuring the construction of solid structures.
The Lagos Branch Chairman of NSE, Mr Johnson Akinwande, also urged the inductees to become entrepreneurs to create jobs to reduce youth unemployment. He equally called on all tiers of government to use local engineers in planning and execution of projects nationwide.
“Nigerian engineers are qualified to construct Lagos-Ibadan standard rail lines, oil refineries and other developmental projects,’’ he said.