In­flux of for­eigner hin­ders growth in Nige­ria’s weld­ing sub sec­tor

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Us­man A. Bello, Benin

The Pres­i­dent of Nige­rian In­sti­tute of Weld­ing (NIW), Chief Solomon Ede­biri , has said that the in­flux of for­eign­ers into the weld­ing en­gi­neer­ing sub-sec­tor in the coun­try was hin­der­ing the growth of the in­dus­try.

Ede­biri said this yes­ter­day in Benin while ad­dress­ing par­tic­i­pants at a two-day train­ing work­shop on the theme, Weld­ing Ed­u­ca­tion and Work­force De­vel­op­ment.

Ede­biri de­scribed the weld­ing en­gi­neer­ing sub­sec­tor as a ver­i­ta­ble gold­mine wait­ing to be tapped by the fed­eral govern­ment for its eco­nomic growth.

“Weld­ing and its re­lated prac­tices is the heart beat of in­dus­tri­al­iza­tion and re­mains one of the high­est em­ploy­ers of labour and a crit­i­cal cor­ner piece of the con­struc­tion in­dus­try. Seven of ev­ery ten jobs in the oil and gas in­dus­try is closely weld­ing re­lated,” he said.

He lamented that un­til re­cently, in­ter­est by Nige­ri­ans in the field of weld­ing was ex­tremely low de­spite huge un­em­ploy­ment sta­tis­tics, not­ing that the rate at which the Chi­nese and In­di­ans were in­fil­trat­ing the con­struc­tion in­dus­try was wor­ri­some.

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