By Segun Awofadeji
Worried by the scarcity of engineers in the country, the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has advised science students to study engineering related courses in tertiary institutions.
Bauchi State Chairman of the society, Mr. Abdulmalik Maleka who gave the admonition while addressing journalists during the commemoration of the World Engineering Day 2021, said as part of measures to address scarcity of engineers, the organisation would embark on career talk to secondary schools in the state to encourage students to choose engineering as their professions.
According to the NSE chairman, there is co-relation between development and engineers, 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.
“Female students should also study engineering not only males and graduates of engineering should not be employed as teachers, but should be deployed to the field first to acquaint themselves with the skills and contribute to development of the society,” he said.
In his remarks, the Technical Secretary of NSE in Bauchi State, 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, but lamented that many state governments and private organisations are yet to implement it.
He opined that the implementation of the policy would motivate engineers in the nation, just as he advocated incentives for local inventors for technological development of the country.
Another official of the the society, Muhammad Suleiman who described inadequate fundings and lack of political will as the bane of technology in the nation, pointed out that if government allocates adequate funds for science, technology and researches, experts can solve many problems facing the country.