The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has blamed low investments, corruption, poor maintenance culture, and lack of confidence in Nigerian engineers for the near absence of functional general and engineering infrastructure in Nigeria.
NSE chairman of Maitama branch, Abuja, Engr. Oladipupo Mabogaje, made this known at the 11th Engineering Conference and Annual General Meeting of the branch, with the theme: “Building and Sustaining Engineering Infrastructure For National Economic Development” held in Abuja.
Mabogaje explained that the theme chosen for the 2021 Engineering Conference focused on maintenance and sustainability because engineers are the most important human machinery for the effective development of a society.
“Engineers are the world’s problem solvers. So, to find practical solutions to the challenges of the 21st century, we need more engineers actively playing engineering roles in Nigeria. The government needs to carry professional engineers along in its developmental plans, for us to get it right in our development master plan.
“Currently there is the near absence of functional general and engineering infrastructure in Nigeria after decades of development plans. The situation can be attributed to low investments, corruption, poor maintenance culture, and lack of confidence in Nigerian engineers. This is seriously affecting our development plan a lot.
“We must also understand that Engineering infrastructure is those infrastructure required for building machines, structures, and other general infrastructure, like iron and steel, foundry, machine tools, hydraulics, amongst others. These must be in place for any economy to operate efficiently,” he said.