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Umahi canvasses one-year compulsory qualifying programme for engineering graduates

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[FILES] Umahi. Photo; TWITTER/REALDAVEUMAHI

Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi, yesterday, advocated the implementation of a compulsory one-year qualifying programme for engineering graduates, saying that such would equip young engineers for the challenges of tomorrow.

Umahi, who made the appeal during the 29th Engineering Assembly held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, identified engineers as people with the ability to address the myriad of challenges facing the nation.

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“I call for the training of our young engineers and I propose the adoption of one-year compulsory course for our young engineers and I am going to provide you a facility fully built and furnished that can accommodate 3,000 persons for take-off in Ebonyi State and that should be the basis for qualification to answer an engineer.

“We train people in this kind of arena. We provide people that are of practical experiences. We provide expertise. They come there to teach for six months and the rest of the six months must be compulsorily attached to projects. I want us to radicalise engineering practice in Nigeria.”

The governor called for discipline from the engineers and urged them to put the integrity of the profession above financial gains.

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“We need the National Assembly to change our country. We need this Assembly to change our history. I have always told people that there are two things to chase. If you chase money and the profession, you will get the money but will miss the profession but if you chase the profession and its ethics, you will get the money and get the profession. You need to cultivate an attitude of discipline. Discipline is key. The question is, is there still discipline in our tertiary institutions.

“We, young engineers, need to cultivate the attitude of discipline. When I was doing my NYSC, we were going to work 29 days a month. We woke up by 6:00 a.m. then. I was the only black man heading a section in the Italian company in the Lagos-Ebinga pipeline project. We need discipline, patience, and patriotism.

“When you go to sites, you see that there are black people that are doing the job with one man that is supervising (moving up and down) and we tend to obey that man but if it is a black skin, we tend to disobey that person, what is wrong with our skin?”

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