Concerned by the state of the country’s economy, the national chairman of Nigerian Institution of mechanical engineers (NIMechE), Prof. Mohammed Ndaliman, the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) former Deputy Secretary, Prof. Rasheed Aderinoye, and others have urged experts in the industry to rise up to the task of nation-building by quickly proffering solutions that could boost Nigeria’s economy.
They said that the bedrock of growth witnessed in the leading global economies were often due to the efforts of mechanical engineers that have raised up and addressed their society’s challenges, saying they have been enjoying it now and we have to wake up as well as act immediately.
Addressing mechanical engineers at the inauguration ceremony of the 7th chairman of the Lagos Chapter of NIMechE, Abdulganiyu Tiamiyu, and the 2021/2022 executive in Ikeja, the Don and experts stressed that Nigerians were currently waiting for the mechanical engineers to bring out innovative ideas and invent machines that would bring the desired solution to Nigerians challenges.
Ndaliman asked all mechanical engineers to go into their communities and proffer solutions that would end the importation of goods that could be produced within the country.
According to him, as engineers, we need to be creative and solution providers within the economy and that will be easy when we all go into our communities and provide solutions to the residents’ challenges.
The national chairman, who was represented by Dr. Funmilade Akingbagbohun, added that when the engineers become productive, the Nigerian economy will grow astronomical.
“For us to be able to move forward in the country, we need to produce machines locally that can solve challenges. And that means we are growing the economy rather than importing all we needed”.
Aderinoye added that all challenges needed homegrown solutions, adding that there is a need to inculcate the love for science in schoolchildren across the schools in the country.
He added that cases of collapsed buildings and other challenges could be solved when the engineers rise up and address them immediately across the country.
The newly sworn-in chairman of the chapter, Tiamiyu, said that the economy relies on mechanical engineers because they remain solution providers to societal problems.
He said that engineering contribution “in terms of infrastructure, manufacturing, design, maintenance, agriculture, technology, logistics, and others has a significant percentage. Mechanical engineering takes the lead as the bedrock of all engineering”.
With the state of the economy which was also affected by the outbreak of COVID-19, he stated: “This is a wake-up call and opportunity for engineers and scientists to think outside the box in providing alternative ways as well as methods of doing things to get the desired results and deliver our nation.
“Engineers are known to be problem solvers right from our school days. We are expected to provide solutions to societal challenges for the comfort of the people through innovations and technological development in all aspects of our lives.
“In light of this, we shall be at the vanguard of working with all relevant authorities and providing solutions to Identified local challenges as related to mechanical engineering”.
The guest lecturer, Engr Kaamil Olalekan, while delivering his lecture with the topic: Human capital building for national development: Role of Nigerian engineers, harped on the need for retraining of mechanical engineers, saying everyone needs to upgrade themselves on the job.
Olalekan noted that through additional training, the engineers would be able to provide solutions that may be confronting their communities.
According to him, capacity building is very essential in the engineering profession because inventions are often made daily and Nigerian engineers must not be left behind.
Speaking on the need for training, the immediate past chairman of the chapter, Dr. Uche Obiajulu, added that platforms for training should be provided for the younger generation to boost their skill on the job.
Obiajulu noted that the association through its members have been providing platforms for young graduates to get on-the-job training, adding that NIMechE cannot achieve it alone but there is a need for the government to fully support the association towards producing savvy engineers.
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