Engineers urged to be solution providers
The Managing Director, RENACS Engineering Limited, Emeka Okeke has urged Nigerian engineers to be solution providers to the engineering challenges confronting the nation.
Okeke who said this at the 2015 maiden edition of Engr. Otis Anyaeji lecture organized by the Maitama branch of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) recently said Nigerian engineers are yet to fully position themselves as solution providers to the nation’s problems.
He said engineers create the link between scientific discoveries and their subsequent application to human needs and quality of life, stressing that engineers bear tremendous responsibility for the safety of structural designs in construction.
“If we have to be honest with ourselves, Nigerian engineers are yet to fully position themselves as solution providers for the society.
largely an import-driven monolithic economy faced with several challenges requiring engineering solution.
“These needs span across utilities (power, water supply), infrastructures (road, rail, bridge) agriculture (machinery, tools, implements), automobile (vehicles, spare parts) among others,” he said.
According to him, Nigeria engineers must begin to provide answers to these challenges based on the application of science knowledge and principles as well as design cost effective and efficient technologies for developing numerous natural resources that abound in the country.
Okeke said in order to succeed, the engineers should be challenged to embark on community engineering where problems and needs are identified and solved within their immediate communities across the country, as government and the public would begin to notice the impact and relevance of local engineers.