A lot of important infrastructural projects across the country are not being supervised, the Federal Government has said.
This, according to the government, is because Nigeria lacks enough indigenous professionals with globally accepted skills required for the adequate supervision of multi-million naira projects in many parts of the country.
The Minister of Water Resources, Mr. Suleiman Adamu, who doubles as the President of the Association for Consulting Engineering in Nigeria, disclosed this on the sidelines of an event organised by ACEN in Abuja.
“For a country with this huge population, we need to train more engineers to be able to support infrastructural development, because with the way things are going, you find out that a lot of important projects are not being supervised or we have to rely on foreign experts. This is why I say we need more trained professionals,” he said.
The minister, however, called on Nigerians to be patient with the government, as he stressed that members of President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet were in tune with the change agenda of the administration.
Adamu further stated that the presence of quacks in the engineering profession was a major reason why Nigeria was still recording building collapse, but was quick to state that the association was working hard to address the issue.
He said, “Consulting engineering is the business arm of engineering. Consulting engineers are the ones that are responsible for designing infrastructure, for supervising and also for ensuring that many infrastructural projects are done in accordance with global standards.
“So, what we are doing is to make sure that only qualified persons are given the responsibility to design, supervise and administer infrastructure projects in order to deliver high quality jobs and eradicate quacks. The occurrence of building collapse is because the real professionals are not being utilised to provide the necessary services.”
On how he would manage his office as a minister and the President of ACEN, Adamu said, “I was president of consulting engineers before I became a minister. And like I said in my speech, we have an arrangement and for now, I am just a political head of the association.
“We have a full-fledged secretariat and there is a vice president who heads and chairs meetings in conjunction with other executive officials. So, my role is just to provide some political leadership and support for this professional body.”