NSE advocates policy reform on project funding, maintenance

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By Angela Atabo

The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), has called for policy reforms that will ensure adequate funding and maintenance structure for any projects to be embarked upon by the government.

The NSE President, Ms Margaret Oguntala made the call at an event in Abuja, to mark the World Engineering Day themed “Engineering Solutions for Sustainable World”.

Oguntala said most projects became moribund because of lack of funding and maintenance culture.

“We find out that in Nigeria, when we embark on  projects, we do not have plans on how to maintain them and that’s why they become moribund.

“There is therefore the need for a review of our policies in a way that will capture the maintenance of any project after their completion,” she said.

Oguntala gave the example of the refineries which for many years had not been performing optimally leading to importation of petroleum products

She recalled that in the 80s  Engineers were engaged to manage and maintain a lot of projects, but the culture had since changed as  a lot of projects were now moribund.

Oguntala stressed the need for policy reforms to involve engineers in all national projects for  regular maintenance and  sustainability.

She specifically underscored  the need to  strengthen  legal frameworks that would allow for transformation of the power sector among others for economic development.

According to her , Nigeria needs to leverage on the variety of engineers available in all sectors of the economy for sustainable development.

Oguntala underscored the significant roles of Engineers in proffering solutions in the face of the current global economic, social and humanitarian crises.

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She said that the World Engineering Day  offered a unique opportunity to give hope to younger persons, whether they are already in the profession or aspiring to become engineers.

The Minister of Works ,David Umahi, represented by his Chief of Staff, Joseph Ekumankama, commended NSE for its effort in developing Nigeria and reassured NSE of the government’s support.

Prof. Abubakar Sambo, President-Elect, Nigerian Academy of Science, in his presentation titled “:The case of Nigeria, advocated alternative means of generating electricity.

Sambo said there is the need for Nigeria and other Sub-Saharan African nations to adopt robust energy policies based on carefully produced energy demand and supply projections. (NAN)

Edited by Rotimi Ijikanmi

Philip Daniel Yatai

Principal Correspondent, NAN Abuja

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