Empower local engineers for technological advancement, Expert urges govt

Adetona told the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) on Tuesday in Lagos that the engineers should be at the centre of infrastructure development.



By Lilian Okoro
Lagos, Feb. 12, 2019 (NNN) Mrs Lola Adetona, Chairman, Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers (NICE), Lagos Chapter, has urged the Federal Government to enhance capacity of Nigerian engineers to position them for technology development.

Adetona told the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) on Tuesday in Lagos that the engineers should be at the centre of infrastructure development.

She decried the under-ultilisation of potential of the engineers, which she said, was the cause of infrastructure decay in the country.

According to her, there is need to enhance technological advancement of the nation to be able to compete with other countries.

“The state of infrastructure and its decay in Nigeria has remained a matter of great concern.

“It arises from the fact that infrastructure functionality plays a pivotal role in the socio-economic wellbeing of the populace and the overall growth and development process of the economy.

“If this is not taking as an article of faith, Nigeria will continue to be dumping ground for products of advanced nations,” she said.

Adetona said that engineers should be involved in all aspects of the nation’s development like the Information and Communications Technology (ICT), the environment, health and safety, industrial technology, security and energy.

“These are critical engineering challenges of the 21st century which Nigerian engineers must tackle to ensure high quality of life for Nigerians,” she said.

The chairman of the institution said there were indications that the current administration was ready to move the country to greater heights technologically as enshrined in Vision 20:2020.

“Government needs to meet the educational requirements for the gigantic developmental challenges envisioned in the Nigerian milieu before the end of the 21st century.

“There is no doubt that engineering has witnessed phenomenal changes in the last century, driven primarily by the rapid development as well as superior scientific and technological know-how.

“To meet the challenges of the 21st century in Nigeria, engineering education must adapt and produce engineers of the required calibre and competence.

“The Nigerian engineers are at par with their colleagues around the world in terms of knowledge, acumen and the expertise, hence, they have to be given the opportunity.

“There is need to develop a new body of knowledge that will serve as the foundation for the education of the Nigerian engineers,” Adetona said. (NNN)
Edited by Edwin Nwachukwu/Olagoke Olatoye

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