The Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) has hinted of its preparedness to establish an engineering centre in Owerri, Imo State.
The National President of NSE, Tasiu Sahid Wudil gave the hint on Thursday when he paid a courtesy visit to the state governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma in Owerri, the state capital.
Wudil therefore appealed to the state government to assist the society realize its dream of establishing the centre as it did in Lagos, Benin, Uyo and Kano.
According to Wudil, the centre will serve the purpose of training young engineers and providing them with job opportunities.
The National President explained that they were in Owerri to attend the 6th Engineer Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu Lecture Series.
He confessed that as soon as he entered Imo State, they were happy to behold the quality road projects being executed by the Uzodimma administration.
He commended the governor for his achievements in other areas like Information and Communication Technology (ICT), youth and women empowerment.
In his remarks, Governor Hope Uzodimma blamed building collapse in the country on poor engineering quality.
He advocated that members of the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) should be allowed to discharge their duties like other professionals.
The Governor said: “The innocent lives we lose every time there is building collapse could be avoided if the engineers were allowed to do their job as professionals.’’
He challenged the Society to, from time to time, “intervene in the areas of your profession to save the nation from those calamities.”
Governor Uzodimma reiterated his belief in the professional integrity of NSE and his conviction that “everything about life and society is engineering.”
He regretted that over the years “different governments have not given enough attention to the engineers,” and that “quality construction will no doubt help the Nation to develop.”
He also called for partnership between the government and the NSE, “if not for anything, in monitoring and supervision.”