•To partner with DICON on reverse engineering
The President, Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Engr. Otis Anyaeji has disclosed that the proposal of speed limit for the commercial vehicles within the country by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), will generate over N40 billion for the country.
Anyaeji stated during a courtesy visit to the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) headquarters in Kaduna with the key executive officials of the professional body.
The NSE President in a statement signed on Monday, postulated that the speed limit device “would be a market of about 40 billion naira”, stressing that as an advocate of local content, he would like the Nigerian Engineers to handle the project.
He also expressed satisfaction with the result oriented research activities and reverse engineering presently going on under the leadership of the current Director General of DICON, Maj-Gen Bamidele Ogunkale who is also a member of NSE.
Anyaeji stated that a window to a new horizon to robust relationship between DICON and NSE had been opened with their own member at the helm of affairs in the Corporation. He said that NSE would explore the current opportunity to create a better society as major stakeholders in the much orchestrated industrialization of the nation.
According to him, NSE will be more poised under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, adding that his pronouncements, position and posture have demonstrated his full support for local production to meet the nation’s industrial need.
“Let us zero in on the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari; the time we have been waiting for is here. The president has said, all that we need we can produce, what we cannot produce we don’t need them ” he stated.
The NSE President further stated that research was germane to the much desired industrial breakthrough of our beloved nation, noting that DICON was taking giant strides in area of research and development and NSE would be interested in that.
On the issue of local content act, the NSE boss said that a bill had been introduced already stressing that a holistic approach was necessary to ensure that it was not just limited to oil and gas industry alone but other industries. He noted that DICON was already doing well in that area through reverse engineering.
“The current global economic downturn affect many industries in Nigeria, leading to the death of many but DICON has remained afloat which is worthy of commendation and encouragement from all well meaning Nigerians, ” he said .
Speaking further, Anyaeji said that the new logo was quite a thought provoking and quite challenging seeing Aircraft, Tanks and warship on the logo, which according to him depict the direction they were going. He however advised that DICON should concentrate its effort in the smallest ones that it has comparative advantage to produce.
He further commended Ogunkale’ s achievements in DICON, the NSE boss said his award of Fellow Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE) should be counted done, urging the chapter to facilitate needed prerequisite at the state level.
The DICON Director-General was also conferred with Chartered Engineer (C Engr) by the Council for the regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) just a day after the visit of NSE to DICON.
“Besides boosting the economy, there will be conservation of foreign reserve”.
The President also commended the DG for local and foreign training programmes given to the engineers in DICON.
Earlier, Ogunkale stressed that the success stories emanating from DICON would not have been possible without the immense contributions the NSE.
The DG who said he was humbled by the encomium showered on him on his achievements in DICON within the space of 11 months said such achievements would not have been possible without his total dependence on the president, fellows and members of NSE who he described as giants, stressing that he was proud to be a member of NSE.
According to him, “the great successful men of the world have used their imaginations to bring about desired changes: not just a development of the old, but a radical leap forward in areas where they feel they can make the most impact.