By Ugo Aliogo
The President, Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE), Engr. Adekunle Mokuolu, has stated that the Executive Order five recently signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari would drive local capacity both intellectual and material.
Mokuolu, who stated this weekend in Lagos at the 10th anniversary of the NSE Victoria Island branch with the theme, ‘NSE VI at 10: Diligently Creating Nigeria’s Engineering Hub,’ noted that the policy was aimed at focusing on the intellectual property and development especially in the area of local content and how to improve engineering infrastructure.
He also stated that the policy would re-awaken the need to establish more industries in the country, adding that government would take the revival of Ajeokuta Steel Company very serious.
“You cannot have a meaningful development without steel. There is need for reinforcement in the industry, in order to improve steel production in the country,” he added.
He noted that the president requires the collective effort of everyone to drive the policy, adding that it was aimed at providing many opportunities for engineers and non-engineers.
He commended the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu and the Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, for their efforts in facilitating the signing of the Executive Order.
According to him, engineers should be put in the various ministries that are engineering-based, adding that infrastructural deficit was very huge.
The NSE President lauded the NSE Victoria Island branch for the enthusiasm it has shown in the discharge of its activities aimed at building the capacities of members and promoting the growth of engineering practice.
“This branch has been going to schools to re-ignite interests of students in engineering and technology which is the only thing that can develop a country.
According to him, “This executive order five which President Muhammadu Buhari has signed into law is aimed at focusing on the intellectual property and development in the sense that when we start using Nigeria content to carry out many activities, we will be improving and increasing the engineering infrastructure.
“We have stopped advertising ourselves as engineers. The executive order five is the first step towards our sustainability development in the country because it is emphasising local capacity both intellectual and material.
“The President requires the collective effort of everyone to drive it. The policy will spin off many opportunities for engineers, and non-engineers. On assumption of office, I revamped the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to enable us effectively manage our database as our numerous client’s increased.
“The site is a seamless operation and even getting in touch with the Secretariat. On the site we have traffic of 3million users monthly and because of our overseas branches, we established the Huston USA branch, and the London branch,” he added.