The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) President, Mr. Adekunle Mokuolu, has described the Executive Order-5 just signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari as a major driver in national development and technological advancement that the country has been yearning for.
Mokuolu, an engineer, who spoke at the weekend during the 60th anniversary of NSE and the installation of Mrs. Rose Madaki as the sixth chairman of Victoria Island Branch, noted that the Order would help accelerate development through the use of indigenous engineers.
The Oder-5 ensures that the country is able to save cost in the delivery of her projects. It also ensures the delivery of intellectual knowledge, including accelerating technology and development through local content participation.
Mokuolu emphasised that the Executive Orde-5 addressed the issue of engaging expatriates in public and private organisations to execute engineering and technology jobs to the detriment of qualified Nigerians because it deals majorly with local content.
“This is the first time that the Presidential Order is giving priority to Nigerian engineers, and whatever that has to be achieved would be beneficial to the country. The maintenance culture that we have been talking about would be addressed with this Order-5. This is because as people get involved in the project, they will acquire maintenance skills. Before this Order, expatriates are fond of not putting Nigerians through projects they execute, thereby making it difficult for us to maintain such projects once completed; this also makes the country dependent on these foreign engineers, at huge cost to the country,” Mokuolu explained.
He added that this recent development would help reduce the increasing level of unemployment in the country.
Madaki, shortly after her decoration as the sixth chairman, noted that her mission is to introduce engineering and technological innovations into schools, beginning from the rural areas. She pointed out that she would want the engineering impact to be felt in the rural areas, adding that she was collaborating with some organisations to drive the vision.
Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON)Director-General, Gen. Bamidele Ogunkale, who was the guest of honour at the event, said innovative research and development (R&D) is a vital to national development.
He called for a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in innovative R&D, stressing that the government cannot do it alone as it is very expensive to sponsor researchers and research innovative-based institutions.
Gen. Ogunkale said DICON, in collaboration with a Chinese firm, has started manufacturing ammunition for the Armed Forces, adding that this would not only reduce the country’s import bill on ammunition, but would also save the nation problems of delay in responding or curbing crimes that needed urgent and swift attention.
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