Nigeria’s Minister of Power, Engineer Saleh Mamman, has called on Nigerian engineers to deploy their expertise in ensuring sustainable infrastructure for the development of the country.
He said lack of infrastructure was posing major challenge to the development of the nation and also constituting impediment to the achievement of national targets.
“This is indeed regrettable since our ability to comply to modern economic development as witnessed globally is highly dependent on the available sustainable infrastructure within our domain,” he said.
The Minister who spoke as the special guest of honour, on behalf of the President of Nigeria, Muhammahu Buhari, at the National Conference and Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Society of Engineers holding in Kano, said the conference had provided the current administration an opportunity to reaffirm its commitment to partnership with Nigerian engineers in order to achieve the desired level of infrastructural development needed to drive development in the country.
He emphasized the significance of Executive Order No 5, which was signed by the President in February, with the aim of planning and execution of programmes, promotion of Nigerian content in contracts, science, engineering and technology.
“By the dictate of that Order, all government procuring authorities have been given directives to give preference to Nigerian companies and firms in their award of contracts,” the Minister explained.
He called on engineers to focus on preparing Nigeria to be a leader in the development and implementation of modern and advanced engineering technology that will drive the 4th industrial revolution’ such as artificial intelligence. The President thanked engineers from other African countries for their support in the emergence of a Nigerian, Engr. Mustafa .B. Shehu, as the Executive Vice President of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO).
Source: Daily Trust