By O’star Eze
Members of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE, Awka chapter, have been sensitised on the importance of standardisation and the need to maintain good standard in their various areas of endeavour, to protect the dignity of the profession.
Speaking during the 19th annual convention of the group held in Awka during the weekend, the national president of NSE, Engr. Adekunle Mokuolu, commended the Obiano administration for engaging more engineers in his administration than previous administrations. He thanked the engineers under the Anambra state government for proving that they deserve their appointments, while encouraging them to ensure they do not engage in any activity that would bring the engineering profession into disrepute.
Mokuolu, who was represented by a former chairman of NSE, Awka, Engr. Cyril Anaeto, charged the newly inducted NSE members to desist from giving out copies of their professional certificates to contractors. He noted with dismay that copies of engineering documents are issued to non-engineers, who use such documents to secure engineering contracts and go ahead to do substandard jobs.
His words, “We, the engineers, must make sure that we do not let the national body down in any manner. Go there and showcase that you are an engineer. Go into research to impress whoever involved that you can do it.
“Metrology is very important in the society. There is measurement everywhere and we are glad that many of us have been sensitised via today’s theme talk.”
On his part, the chairman of the NSE, Awka chapter, Mr. Agbili, noted that the theme of the convention was chosen to initiate and sustain the conversation about the dangers of tolerating the influx of substandard commodities in the Nigerian society. He stated that such had been the reason for the failed infrastructure in the country. Agbili insisted that the engineers do not bear all the blame for failed buildings and roads in the state and the country at large, but the inability of the regulatory bodies to contain the rate of infiltration of substandard materials in the Nigerian market.
“The reason for collapsed buildings and roads in our state today is because of substandard materials. We are seeking to liaise with other professional bodies to address this issue of substandard products in our society. Governor Willie Obiano has made it clear that any engineer, who is involved in any collapsed building, would be prosecuted and have his license stripped from him.”
The Anambra state coordinator of the Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON, Engr Williams Okpe, said that the SON, like other law enforcement agencies in Nigeria, is ill equipped and ill structured to combat effectively against substandard products.
“The SON has not been at the point of entry of these products. We are unable to test everything. We are not armed and most times, these substandard products are transported at night and we close for work at 6pm. Though SON has offices in China which is the main place most products that enter the country come from, but not everyone brings their products to be certified before sending to Nigeria,” he said.
Highpoints of the event were the award of excellence in service to the state commissioner for public utilities, Engr. Emeka Ezenwanne, and the immediate past chairman of the NSE, Awka chapter, Engr Chukwuemeka Nkalu.
By O’star Eze