Experts decry discrimination against Nigerian engineers
Experts have condemned the penchant for Nigerians to place much premium on expatriate engineers against their counterparts in the country.
The Head of Engineering Services, First Bank of Nigeria Plc, Michael Adesanya Adesanya, who made the assertion at a yearly lecture of the Apapa Branch of Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) in Lagos, said that what is necessary is to encourage engineers and provide them the enabling environment for them to excel.
He told The Guardian that his experience both at the local and international levels has shown him that Nigerian engineers have as much intelligence and brilliance as their colleagues in other parts of the world.
He urged government to put in place structures that would assure that local engineers also have requisite exposure to enable them carry out their activities.
“Support must be given as much as possible. The training must be right and at the end of the day investment must be made in developing research and development to ensure that everybody go on moving forward,” he said.
Adesanya also observed that the government must also put into cognizance, the value that engineers add to the nation.
Earlier in his lecture titled “ Solutions To Managing Private Sector Business Infrastructure In a Recession”, Adesanya called on engineers to be forward looking and imaginative.
Adesanya also urged engineers to avoid the consequence of unprepared emergencies by doing regular data analysis and assessment with multidisciplinary approach.
The chairman of the branch, Ombugadu Garba who shared similar view, challenged engineers to bring their experience to bear to help Nigeria out of recession in consonant with the Federal Government Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.
He stated that the leaders must look inward to reprioritize, re-strategize and diversify the economy as well as build social networks and needful infrastructure.
He said: “ No nation can develop more than its technology, as such we must use our professional expertise to make our country great again.”
Garba challenged both young and experience engineers to be creative and forward looking saying the era of white-collar jobs is becoming very difficult by the day.