Could it be true that non-engineers are winning all the engineering jobs in Nigeria? A professor, Babatunde Rabiu, has raised the alarm, urging all the professional bodies in the engineering profession to rise up against what he called an anomaly.
Rabiu, the director/CEO of CAR – NASRDA, Kogi State University, has thus challenged engineers to magnify their office to attract federal government attention. He stated this at the just-concluded Ajaokuta branch of Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) 2018 Engineering Week and Annual General Meeting (AGM) held recently at Ajaokuta Steel Company Limited (ASCL).
Rabiu said “2018 budget has already been approved, and when you download it, you see all of it. When you come in, you need to identify all the projects. You need to be sure that the engineering contracts are well taken care of. Do you know that some of the engineering jobs in this country are not being done by engineers? The people that win the contracts are not engineers. They take the contracts and employ engineers to execute them. And you don’t blame these engineers because they have to survive, they use the money to pay their dues in COREN /NSE. Then when you come in, it will no longer be like that. It means that the engineers get the real jobs and it is not only that they get the job they get it done”.
The professor said: “I challenge every engineer here to magnify his or her office henceforth, take advantage of the new development that is capable of turning our nation around for good”.
He also emphasized that the country must make more workers literate in science and engineering and to embrace natural investment along with the suber commitment of national priority.
He urged the engineers to start giving approval, signing and reviewing of building plan in the country to checkmate all the anomalies that comes with contract jobs in the country.
He maintained that NSE /COREN should ensure that competent engineers monitor contracts in the country, adding that this will encourage engineering family and enhance national development, stressing that engineers need to be proactive.
“I strongly recommend that NSE/COREN should set up appropriate committee to sensitize and mobilize indigenous engineering practitioners and local engineering firms to take advantage of the Executive Order No 5. And that is why it is very, very essential. If the society must take advantage of the moment otherwise you should be walked out the way. The people that will represent you at the top echelon are not engineers. Take your right position now. Engineering is a dynamic profession, there is a need for a continous training, train and retraining of professionals. Some of the equipment have gone digital. You need to move along. NSE/COREN should sustain their training programmes to registered members”, Rabiu emphasized.