NSE seeks inclusion of engineers at NERC



• Begins discussion on meeting sustainable goals

The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has called for the appointment of Engineers into key positions in the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).

The President of the Society, Otis Ayaeji, who disclosed this in Abuja recently, explained that there are specific positions that are exclusively reserved for Engineers on the Commission in order to achieve its objectives.

He said: “The crux of the matter is our reliance on the import of Section 34(2)(a) and 34(3) of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act of 2005 to therefore request that Engineers should form the core of membership of the new Commission. Thus, the Chairman, Commissioner of generation, Commissioner of transmission, Commissioner for systems operation, and Commissioner for distribution and marketing should all be Engineers. It is very important to mention that we are making the professional demand with respect to the composition of NERC with the sole intent of driving productivity and proper administration to achieve desired results hinged on effectiveness and efficiency.”
The NSE also reiterated its support for the convocation of the proposed national economic summit to proffer solutions to the faltering economy.

“As part of our contributions to national development, we feel compelled to lend out voice to the public debate on the need to create a platform to bring stakeholders from the private and public sectors together at the proposed national economic summit by the Federal Government. Whether ad-hoc or permanent, we believe that this platform will enable healthy brainstorms on realistic ideas aimed at recreating a robust and viable economy for Nigeria.

“With arrays of experienced and accomplished professionals as well as a history of affiliations and collaborations with international counterparts, we are ready to make positive contributions that are capable of hastening the realization of Nigeria’s developmental goals. This is based on the strong connection of the engineering profession to agricultural, infrastructural and industrial development activities and trends, we are optimistic that this is a move that could eventually deliver the turning point in the economic fortunes of our nation.”

The national body of engineering profession wills this morning (Tuesday) hold a strategic workshop on how Nigeria can meet the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Ayaeji stressed that engineering is the foundation upon meeting SDGs are rested adding that Engineers must take the lead in the initiatives that will drive the SDGs’ targets.

He explained: “The workshop will provide a guide to government on the strategies to deploy to attain these agreed goals within the available resources for the good of the Nigerian citizenry. Indeed, the workshop is not designed to provide immediate solutions. We anticipate further timely gatherings of stakeholders in many places around the country in this regard.”

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