By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) took a swipe at the profession and came up with a resolution that more qualified engineers are needed in Nigeria, stressing the need for science students to study engineering courses in tertiary institutions.
Bauchi State Chairman of the NSE, Engr. Abdulmalik Maleka said as part of measures to address scarcity of engineers, the society would soon embark on career talk to secondary schools in the state to encourage their students choose engineering as their professions.
Engineer Maleka while addressing journalists as part of the activities marking the commemoration of World Engineering Day – 2021 in Bauchi, noted that there is co-relation between development and engineers, as no country can develop fast without good engineers and technologists.
“There is need for more qualified engineers in Nigeria because there is relationship between engineering and development. So the career talk is to encourage students to study engineering due to scarcity of engineers in our society”.
Also speaking, NSE technical secretary in Bauchi state, Engineer Mohammed Suleiman lauded the federal government for coming up with a policy that suggests the employment of fresh engineers on grade level nine in civil service.
Engineer Suleiman however lamented that many state governments and private organizations are yet to implement the federal government’s policy.
According to him, the implementation of the policy would motivate engineers in the nation, and advocated incentives for local inventors for technological development of the country.
He described inadequate funding and lack of political will as the bane of technology in the nation, pointing out that should government allocates adequate funds for science, technology and researches, experts can solve many problems facing the country.