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