President Muhammadu Buhari has pleaded with Nigerian engineers to partner with the federal government for the rapid infrastructural development of the country.
The president said this today during the investiture ceremony of the 33rd national president and chairman-in-council of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Engineer Tasiu Sa’ad Gidari-Wudil, at the International Conference Centre, Abuja. “If we must make progress as a nation, the government and Nigerian engineers must partner together for the rapid infrastructural development of the country,” the president said.
The president, who was the distinguished guest of honor and represented by the minister of science and technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, an engineer, told the audience that his administration has made significant progress in the infrastructural development of the country.
“We have made significant progress in railway transportation to link various parts of our federation,” he said.
Special guest of honor at the event, former President Goodluck Jonathan thanked the NSE for inviting him to their events. “This is the second time in barely one and a half months that I would be taking part in NSE events, here in Abuja.
“The first time was in December 2021, where I was represented at my younger brother, Azibaola Robert’s Investiture as honorary Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE). I know that the Society was inspired to honor Mr. Robert because of his considerable contributions to the development of engineering and the technological development of Nigeria through the activities of Zeetin Engineering, which he founded,” Jonathan noted The Governor of Borno State, Babagana Umara Zulum, FNSE, a professor of soil and water engineering, delivered the keynote address. Speaking on “Infrastructural Development in a Stressed Economy – the case of Borno State’, the governor referenced several cases in his state and lamented that the poor quality of materials often used by engineers in construction was detrimental to the infrastructural development of the country.