Conde, Obasanjo to speak on engineering
Guinea’s President and African Union (AU) Chairman, Prof. Alpha Conde and former President Olusegun Obasanjo are to speak today on engineering for the socio-economic development of Africa at the third African Engineering Deans Council (AEDC) summit
The event, holding at Covenant University Ota, Ogun State, is to create a synergy between the profession and the academia in a bid to move the continent forward.
At a pre-event press conference, the council’s President Global, Prof. Peter Kilpatrick, said the occasion was to solve the pressing challenges of income inequality, sustainability, energy, water, housing as well as employment and food for the one billion new persons who need to be served over the next 30 years on the continent.
He said: “If engineers do not lead in these endeavors, which will require great technological innovation and skill, who will? In addition to the need for you as engineering leaders of academic institutions, to lead, it is also critically important that you train and educate your students to lead.
“They must not only be trained, educated, and informed through your inspiring efforts; they must also be intrinsically motivated to give up themselves to serve their countries and the people.”
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