I Will Make Use of Nigeria’s Engineers to Fix Our Infrastructural Problems-...

I Will Make Use of Nigeria’s Engineers to Fix Our Infrastructural Problems- Buhari

I Will Make Use of Nigeria’s Engineers to Fix Our Infrastructural Problems- Buhari
I Will Make Use of Nigeria’s Engineers to Fix Our Infrastructural Problems- Buhari

As part of efforts to address the myriad of challenges that border on infrastructure issues in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari said recently in Abuja that his administration would use the skills of indigenous engineers to fix the country’s infrastructural problems nationwide.
He disclosed this at his investiture as Grand Patron of the Nigerian Academy of Engineers, NAE, at the State House.
The President, while describing Nigeria engineers as competent and cost effective, noted that competent and highly experienced engineers have contributed tremendously to the infrastructural development of the country and, therefore, remain the key to Nigeria’s economic growth and infrastructural development.
The President commended the efforts of Nigerian engineers so far, noting that both military and civilian administrations over the years depended on Nigerian engineers for designs and constructions across the country.
“By insisting that we must be cost effective in building infrastructure, we will utilize Nigerian engineers. I respect them a lot, and I know it takes time to be trained as an engineer,” he said.
The President while noting that local engineers contributed more than 90 per cent to the design and realization of two refineries, over 2,000 pipelines and some depots in the country during his tenure as minister of petroleum in the mid-1970s said that the success of the Petroleum Trust Fund was largely successful due to the excellent skills displayed by Nigerian engineers.
President Buhari cast aspersion on individual political leaders for Nigeria’s ailing infrastructure, not the engineers who, according to him had always been willing to contribute to national development.
“Somehow, every time and anywhere I have served in this country, I found it cost-effective to use Nigerian engineers, and we relied on their capacity to understudy, learn, and deliver. It will be wrong to fault Nigerian engineers for the failure of refineries. You should blame the political leadership. How can you build and not know how to maintain an asset,” he noted.
While making her remarks, The President of NAE, Joanna Maduka, described science, technology and innovation as the catalyst for growth across the globe.
She urged the Federal Government to make use of multiple engineering talents that are in large quantity in the country for more purposeful results.
“For the country to attain sustainable growth status, the Nigerian engineers need to be adequately engaged in planning, policy formulation, consultancy and construction, as well as industrial process of production and manufacturing,” Maduka asserted.
She noted that in the last one year, Nigerian engineering companies performed creditably well in the procurement and construction of a 600 megawatt power generating plant and a 330KV switching station.