Engi­neers urged to be so­lu­tion providers

Daily Trust - - PROPERTY - By Us­man A. Bello

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.

“Nige­ria

is

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.

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