Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma has blamed the frequent building collapses in the country on poor engineering quality.
He has therefore advocated that the members of the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) should be allowed to discharge their duties like other professionals.
The governor spoke on Thursday when he called on the chairman and top executive members of the NSE in Nigeria, who paid a courtesy call on him at Government House Owerri.
The governor said: “Innocent lives would be lost every time a building collapses if the engineers were allowed to do their job as professionals.”
Thereafter he challenged the society from time to time, “to intervene in the fields of your profession to save the nation from those calamities.”
Governor Uzodimma who had earlier reminded the body that he is a corporate member of the Society, reiterated NSE’s professional integrity and his belief that “engineering is everything about life and society.”
Furthermore, he added that “for Nigeria to develop, the Nigeria Society of Engineers must be at the forefront and be fully involved.”
Governor Uzodimma regretted that over the years “different governments have not paid enough attention to engineers,” and that “quality construction will undoubtedly help the nation develop.”
He also called for a partnership between the government and the NSE “if for nothing, then in monitoring and supervision.”
Earlier, NSE National President, Engineer Tasiu Sahid Woodil said that he was in Owerri for the 6th Engineer Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu lecture series and admitted that upon entering Imo State he saw “the quality work the governor is doing especially on road construction” are doing.”
Woodill commended the governor on achievements which he said were mostly people-oriented projects such as road infrastructure, ICT development, women and youth empowerment.
He added that the NSE is a non-partisan body and urged the Governor to assist the society in realizing its dream of having an engineering center at Owerri in Lagos, Benin, Uyo and Kano with the objective of training young engineers and providing them Help Jobs opportunities.
Apart from the President, the high powered delegation includes: Chief Engg. Iwuanyanwu, Former Presidents of the Society, Managing Director of Imo Sewerage and Water Corporation, Eng. Emeka Ugonyanwu among others.
Among those who received him along with the Governor were Deputy Governor, Prof. Placid Njoku, Secretary to the State Government, Chief Cosmas Iwu, Chief of Staff, Barr. Namdi Anyahi, Members of the State Extended Executive and some Sole Administrators.
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