The role being played by the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) in the diversification of the nation’s economy has been commended by the President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) Engr. Otis Oliver Anyaeji.
Anyaeji in a statement on Tuesday by DICON’s Public Relations Officer, Maj. Emmanuel Adeniyi (rtd), said that in the much orchestrated diversification of the nation`s economy, DICON still a more important role to play, if the nation must obtain the tangible result that would impact on the lives of Nigerians positively.
He stated this during the conferment of Fellows on some deserving members of NSE, which the Director General of DICON, Maj-Gen. Bamidele Ogunkale, was one, in a colourful ceremony held at Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Conference Centre, Abuja.
The NSE President, who described Ogunkale as an astute transformer noted that the senior officer had been saddled with an onerous responsibility that will make or mar the industrial cum economic progress of the nation.
He, therefore, called for more collaborative efforts between NSE and DICON stressing that the professional body will need the Corporation and participation of the DG, as well as the Corporation’s facilities in some urgent engineering tasks that bother on National Interest.
According to Anyaeji, NSE has set some roadmap to proffer solution to some seemingly teething problems which the professional body`s input would be needed to alleviate, stressing that all members’ hands must be on deck as the defender of the article as well as the tenacity of Engineers in Nigeria.
He further urged those newly conferred with the award of Fellow to be ready to protect Nigeria Engineering, especially on the issue of local content, adding that they would need political, technical as well as the commercial will to be able to cope with their new status as Fellows.
“You will need to understand your role in the development of the nation; do not see this conferment as end, but an opportunity to render better services to NSE in particular and Nigerian society at large. You will need to exhibit a comprehensive understanding, not just in your specific engineering field, but in the role of engineering in the development of our beloved country.
The President further disclosed that a Board has been put in place to closely monitor the compliance of all Fellows to professional codes and ethics, stressing that Nigerians’ expectations were high. He added that the council will not hesitate to withdraw the certificate of any member found wanting. On the issue of perennial challenges bedeviling power sector reform in Nigeria, Dr. Michael Olusanya, who presented the lead lecture on “Power Sector Reform in Nigeria: The missing linking” noted that there was a need for quick intervention by stakeholders to prevent a total collapse of the system.