In the heat of epileptic power supply affecting homes and offices in Nigeria, the President of Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Adekunle Mokuolu has urged engineers to design innovative strategies that will make renewable energy succeed in Nigeria.
Mokuolu, who made this call at a public lecture and induction of new members organised by the Apapa Branch of NSE at Lagos Airport, Ikeja
He added that the importance of improved energy sector to the nation’s Gross Domestic Products (GDPs) should be of utmost priority to the relevant stakeholders including NSE.
Mokuolu, who was represented by Salau Lawal, lamented that many companies are moving out the country predominately as a result of energy issue, thereby resulting to massive loss of government incomes and jobs.
According to him, young engineers need to be part of the supply chain by using their technical expertise with a view to getting acquainted with companies involved in solar panels.
He noted that engineers find it difficult to market their designs because they are not actively involved in the decision making process.
According to him, since Nigeria did not appreciate their local enginees, there is need for them to change the psyche by positioning themselves to solve energy problems.
In his remarks, the chairman of the branch, Ombugadu Garba, said the branch is at the forefront of public discourse on national issues to encourage the development of engineering in Nigeria.
He stated that successive governments had sunk several billions of naira into the energy sector without tangible results, lamenting that the highest that the country can generate is 7,000 megawatts, which is grossly inadequate for the nation.
The lecture titled: “ Renewable Energy”, he said, is to draw from available options that government can use to solve the problem of energy.
He therefore urged young engineers to come out with innovations to tap in from the energy challenge, adding there are great potentials in the sector.
“They should ensure that as good ambassadors of the society to ensure the development of Nigeria”, he added.
In his lecture on Renewable Energy, Assistant National operation manager, Mikano International Limited, Ibrahim Busari, charged Nigerian engineers to be a solution provider in power generation.
He noted that the electricity requirement of the country is increasing at alarming rate and the demand has been moving ahead of supply.