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Engi­neers tasked on ca­pac­ity for in­fras­truc­tural growth

- By Fran­cis Arinze Iloani Business · Nigeria News · Department of Canadian Heritage · Abuja · UNESCO · Nigeria · Beijing · Germany · Netherlands · Singapore · Engineering · Institution of Civil Engineers

The Min­is­ter of State for Works and Hous­ing, Engr. Abubakar Aliyu, has urged ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions to strengthen tech­ni­cal skills ac­qui­si­tion for en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents across the coun­try.

Aliyu stated this while de­liv­er­ing a key­note ad­dress at the Nige­rian In­sti­tu­tion of Civil Engi­neers (NICE) con­fer­ence in Abuja on Thurs­day.

“UNESCO re­port on In­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment shows that Nige­ria grad­u­ates a min­i­mum of 3,500 engi­neers an­nu­ally, but sadly they are un­em­ploy­able be­cause they do not have the re­quired tech­ni­cal skills to drive in­fra­struc­ture growth.

“As such, there is an ur­gent need to re­view en­gi­neer­ing cur­ricu­lum to a more con­tem­po­rary and tech­no­log­i­cally driven sys­tem to en­shrine skills to the young gen­er­a­tion of engi­neers.

“Coun­tries with

huge in­fra­struc­ture growth like China, Ger­many, Nether­lands and Sin­ga­pore in­vest heav­ily in en­gi­neer­ing and Nige­ria must up its game so it won’t be left be­hind,” he added.

Speak­ing on the theme of the con­fer­ence tagged ‘Re­form of En­gi­neer­ing Ed­u­ca­tion: A Strat­egy for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment in Nige­ria’, the na­tional chair­man of NICE, Engr. Aishatu Aliyu Umar, said it is high time Nige­ria up­graded its ed­u­ca­tional en­gi­neer­ing strate­gies.

She said: “The Covid-19 pan­demic has pro­vided op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­plore in ed­u­ca­tional en­gi­neer­ing es­pe­cially in the area of de­ploy­ing tech­nol­ogy and that is why we are gath­ered to brain­storm and pro­vide rec­om­men­da­tions.”

She said the In­sti­tu­tion is part­ner­ing with other In­ter­na­tional en­gi­neer­ing bod­ies to achieve its aim of strength­en­ing en­gi­neer­ing in the coun­try.

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