THE Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has directed its members to take active role in partisan politics just as 12 Engineers have been awarded the Fellow of the Society.
Speaking at the second quarter 2014 dinner in Abuja, the President of the Society, Olorunfemi Ademola, explained that the quarterly dinner has served as a platform for interaction between Engineer and non-Engineers.
“It was conceptualized to serve as suitable platform for interaction between and amongst Engineers, as well as with other professionals, with a view to advancing the Society’s ideals as well as increasing visibility for its activities both in the public domain and for the attention of policy makers in the country,” he added.
The NSE boss lauded the National Executive Council of the Society for approving the participation of Engineers under the auspices of NSE in politics.
He said: “We are taking our place in partisan Politics. We are deliberately encouraging our members to get into the murky waters of partisan politics under whatever party platform they deem fit. I must thank the Council for its approval in this regard.”
For the umpteenth times, the NSE chief said the Society is desirable of seeing that Nigerian professional are given due and deserved consideration and value placement in industries and in governance process, saying, “government must recognise therefore, as a matter of policy, that Nigerian Engineers are given priority considerations in job placement or contracts award if efforts to tackle our developmental challenges and build sustainable capacity must be achieved.”
In order to achieve this feat, Ademola stressed that the national body of Engineers has continued to take advantage of visits to government functionaries at every level to drive home the significance of this aspiration, in the hope that in the long run the Nigerian Engineer, and indeed all Nigerian professionals, will be accorded their due recognition.
The NSE helmsman highlighted that the NSE will continue to partner with government and all stakeholders, join forces with them to draw workable plans for governments and all of the stakeholders to successfully implement national development visions.
Ademola implored the 12 new Fellows to see the conferment as a unique deliberate way to stimulate you and increase their interest in contributing to the growth and development of their primary professional constituency, which is the NSE, the engineering profession and the nation in general.
He added: “The conferment must not be seen as an end in itself but an opportunity to be of greater service to the Society; supporting its projects and programmes and lending voice and muscle to any of its quests where possible. I therefore charge you to see yourselves as worthy ambassadors of NSE, especially at this time in our history when we are on a threshold of self-discovery.”
The NSE chief said the body has initiated strategies for advocacy in the bid to bringing the relevance of the Nigerian professional, especially the Engineer, in the pursuit of national development to the front burner. And that the Society will continue to interface with governments at all levels to bring about full implementation of the Nigerian Content Act in every sector of the economy.
He stressed that the NSE taken bold steps to contribute to the recently launched National Enterprise Development Programme (NEDEP) of Federal Government through partnership with the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria _SMEDAN_, partnership with the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN), on the Graduate Skills Development Programme called the ‘NGSDP’.
He explained: “Furthermore, we have entered into an arrangement with the Agricultural and Equipment Fabrication Association of Nigeria (AMEFAN). Together we will anchor a Conference and Exhibition this month where a methodology for the achievement of Nigerian Content Development in agricultural machinery will be presented to stakeholders.
“In advancing our Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS), we recently launched the Nigerian Society of Engineers/Federal Road Safety Corps Campaign on Vehicle Restraint for Children. We are pursuing resolutely the Enhanced Engineering Scale, to this end, we are working with the Head of service of the Federation as well as the National Council on Works to achieve this right.”
Meanwhile, Olorunfemi ahs charged members of the NSE to prioritize engagement in sporting activities to keep fit.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 4th edition of national engineering games in Abuja, said NSE will introduce preliminaries in football, golf and other games at the branch level and the finals taking place in Abuja every November.
He added: “I enjoin all Engineers to continue to participate in sporting activities as well as network through that and make friends. From school and coming out, it is all about reading for Engineers and that is why we decided to inculcate sports in our activities for healthy lifestyle.
“This will also benefit the nation as a whole because, we can groom people that will participate in National competitions and it will solidify our unity as a country, especially now that we are facing a lot of challenges.”
In his address, Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Emeka Ozioko, said the engineering games have become a very significant annual event in the calendar of the NSE, saying, “our numerous sports loving members have graced this occasion after the success of the first game that was held in august and December, 2011.”
Highpoint of the event was a football match between Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) and Nigeria Medical Association.The NSE defeated their NMA counterpart by two goals to one.
Curled from Guardian Newspaper