By Obas Esiedesa
With most major projects in the country executed by foreign firms and nationals using foreign loans and grants, the Nigerian Society of Engineers has warned that the country faces a new form of colonialization.
The President of NSE, Engr. Adekunle Mokuolu who spoke at the 2018 National Technical Conference and Induction of the Institute of Appraisal and Cost Engineers, urged government to give more opportunities to Nigerian engineers in the execution of projects in the country.
He noted that a country which exports raw resources and imports finished products will always be a laughing stock amongst comity of nations.
He called for the inclusion of cost and evaluation engineers at the conception and execution of projects to ensure that such projects are adequately costed and executed according to budget.
Mokuolo commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the President Executive Order 5 which mandated all government agencies and parastatals to give priority to Nigerian companies in the procurement and execution of all government contracts with engineering and technological components.
He however stated that government needs to do more ensure that the policy was implemented fully as it would lead to capacity development in the country.
He said: “Nigeria government needs to be bold enough and make a choice that I will use my own people do xyz. Engineering is a global body of knowledge and whenever you make your citizens to acquire this knowledge you want to ensure that after you have practice that knowledge in your own country, you want to export it to other countries who do not have that kind of knowledge and be able to profit from”.
He stressed that Nigeria case was worse because it “is come one, come all. Everybody is coming in from different countries”.
He urged Nigerians to patronize locally made products and services as that was the only the production could improve in standard until they become competitive like the foreign ones.
The NSE President urged cost and appraisal engineering professional to be patient and hardworking, noting that their critical role in project costing and execution would eventually be appreciated.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Institute of Appraisal and Cost Engineers, Engr Charles Mbelede said this year’s conference has the theme ‘cost engineering, engineering valuation and engineering economy perspectives on sustainable engineering infrastructure for accelerated rural development’.
Mbelede pointed out that engineering is a wealth creating profession as “exemplified by the benefits of engineering research, design, planning, manufacturing, construction, maintenance and repairs which has impactful cutting-edge engineering economy contribution to the 21st century technology”.
He added that the proper application of engineering valuation, cost engineering and engineering economy with professional details would enhance economic growth and diversification.