The President of Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE, Adekunle Mokuolu, has admonished the forty recently conferred engineering Fellows to engage themselves in the promotion of the standards and ethics of the profession and also promote Nigerian Content Development in its totality, whether in intellectual property or physical materials delivery.
The NSE President while reeling out the NSE agenda set for the country’s politicians as they embark on another four-year circle of governance, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly expand economic opportunities for the citizens.
“To us, a good point to start the business of lifting Nigerians out of poverty is for government at all levels to make it a matter of priority to liquidate all outstanding domestic debts owed to indigenous contractors across the country, especially in the construction industry”. This will guarantee increase in the purchasing power of millions of Nigerians who are clinging on to the value chain in the industry”.
According to him, President Buhari, declared in his speech at the inaugural Democracy Day ceremony on June 12, 2019, that with leadership and sense of purpose, the federal government can lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years.
“We believe him. We strongly hold the view that the most potentially devastating insurgence that Government needs to fight is the insurgence of Poverty and Hunger. Nigeria was described as having the highest number of extremely poor people in the world in two Reports released in 2018 by the Brooklyn Institution and World Poverty Clock
“Those Reports were recently corroborated by the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, when she described Nigeria as the “poverty capital of the world” during her visit to Nigeria in March, 2019, the situation seems gloomy, however,
We must know that the greatest of achievements are recorded during the worst of times. All we need is a sense of purpose, He said.
The NSE President, further requested the three tiers of government to evolve and implement robust policies targeted at creating jobs for the growing population and entrench an era of wealth creation.
He urged the State Governors, especially the new ones, to re-evaluate the ongoing projects of their predecessors with a view to continuing and taking them to completion, rather than initiating fresh ones.
Mr Mokuolu says NSE holds the conviction that there is really no good in abandoning projects that have gone halfway just because they were initiated by a different administration, if the goal is to provide critical infrastructure to enhance the wellbeing of the people.
Engr. Mokuolu lamented that the last ten (10) years has seen huge budgetary allocation for the purpose of tackling insecurity in different parts of the country, adding that having fought this menace to an appreciable level, the federal government needs to re-calibrate and explore the investment of such funds possibly into housing and massive construction to arrest the attention of citizens in the affected areas.
He said there is no doubt that the resultant bourgeoning economy from such investments will create jobs for most of the youth currently engaged in unwanted vices.