Engineers tasked on infrastructure
They spoke at the investiture of the 8th Branch Chairman/inauguration of new executive committee for the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Apapa chapter in Lagos.
The event which was attended by the deputy president of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Babagana Muhammed, branch chairmen, associate of the new chairman, Sunny Ejeje, friends and families, also featured the presentation of awards to outstanding past executives of the Apapa branch.
Leading the call through a lecture entitled, ”Preparing Nigerian Industries for the Fourth Industrial Revolution”, the Director, Innovation and Value Added Services, Inlaks Nigeria Limited, Mr. Oladimeji Koyejo lamented the way Nigerian companies currently run their businesses using processes that have become so archaic and not realising that the development put them at slow paste compared to what is obtainable elsewhere in the world.
According to him there was the need for manpower development through reviewing the school curriculum and drawing new ways of raising engineers that are ready to deliver services.
He said, “If the schools don’t change, we will just realise that our industries do not have what it takes to operate in the era of 4.0 which we are advocating hence you will see companies looking outside of Nigeria for the right skills.
“Our young engineers and scientists needs to kitted and mentored to develop digital infrastructure needed by our industries. Adoption of the technology would also remove job barriers by creating more jobs that doesn’t need having a shop or stocking of products. It will throw up new entrepreneurs for the country”.
While performing the investiture of the new Chairman, the outgoing branch chairman, Dr. Garba charged him to improve and sustain on the issue of engineering monitoring to reduce infrastructural failures within the spheres of the association, ensure transparency in activities and financial matters, improve on membership drives and upheld high ethical standard of the profession.
In his acceptance address, Ejeje pledged to uplift the standard of practice among its folds, and ensure practice/industry collaborations for more growth.
Earlier, NSE deputy president, Babagana Muhammed commended the feats attained by the branch especially through constant programmes and activities aimed at deepening practice noting that the branch hard-work has paid off as it is currently the fifth rated in latest ranking by the Nigerian engineering body.
He urged practitioners not to relent in contributing to the progress of the association through regular attendance and submission of opinions/positions on issues that could improve the people and the society.
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