Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma has blamed the frequent building collapses in the country on poor engineering.
Therefore, he added that the members of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) should be allowed to discharge their duties like other professionals.
The governor spoke when he received the chairman and other executive members of the NSE who called on him at Government House, Owerri.
“Loss of innocent people every time a building collapse can be avoided if engineers are allowed to do their job as professionals,” he said.
He challenged the NSE to intervene in his areas of profession from time to time to save the country from such calamities.
Uzodimma who had earlier reminded the body that he is a member, reiterated his faith in the professional integrity of the NSE and his firm belief that “engineering is everything about life and society.”
He added that for Nigeria to develop, the NSE must be at the forefront and be fully involved.
Governor Uzodimma regretted that over the years, various governments had not paid enough attention to engineers, and that quality construction would undoubtedly help the nation develop.
He also called for a partnership between the government and the NSE in monitoring and supervision, if not for anything else.
NSE National President, Engineer Tasiu Sahid Woodil said that he was in Owerri for the 6th Engineering. Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu lecture series and acknowledged that upon entering Imo State he observed that the governor was doing quality work, especially on road construction.