The Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers (NICE) held a reunion meeting with its members, most especially elders who had been unavailable for the activities of the institution due to health issue, work or relocation.
The veterans and elders of the institution were brought together on Saturday March 14th, 2020 in Lagos at a reunion meeting with the theme: “Our NICE-Our Expectations.”
Speaking at the event, the National Chairman of NICE, Engr. Aishatu Aliu Umar thanked the leadership of the Lagos State Chapter of the institution led by the Chairman, Engr. (Mrs.) Lola Adetona for bringing together elders, past chairmen of the chapter and many others, who have served and some who are presently serving at the national chapter of the institution.
According to her, “we have larger professionals in the engineering sector in Nigeria, so we should be able to resolve any problem in our midst.
“It is very important, not only to NICE, but to other divisions only if they could emulate it.”
Speaking further, Aishatu stated that building collapse in the country, most especially in Lagos, is traceable to people’s inability to pay qualified engineer for the implementation of projects.
“Architects would design the building, electrical and mechanical engineers would do their own, but when it comes to the implementation of the whole structure, they look for cheaper labour to implement them.
“It is only, when everyone of us, especially our elders come together and agree on patronizing professionals, who adhere to professional discipline, that we could talk about eradicating building collapse totally in the country,” she said.
While answering questions from journalists, the chairman of Lagos State chapter of the institution, Engr. Lola Adetona said that they brought together fellows and elders of the profession, elders whom she said they had not seen for a very long time and who, according to her, were very active when they were very young, but who stepped aside due to health issue or change of location, and allowed the young ones to take over the profession.
“We felt that we needed to bring them back, not for any reason but to synergize, to show us direction and tell us their expectations for the Lagos chapter of NICE. We want to thank all of them because they have expressed their expectations.
“They said that they are happy the way NICE is being run and that they looked forward to a better institution in the nearest future,” she said.
As to if Nigerian engineers could compete with their foreign counterparts, Adetona said that she believes that Nigerian engineers could do very well in an enabling environment, adding that they have the skill and advantage because they are very active, intelligent, articulate, inquisitive and innovation sensitive.
She revealed that they do lots of training for their members, and that they have an understanding of developing themselves.
“If we do not do it, nobody would do it for us, we are striving to get better. Still we launched our secretariat that’s befitting to the engineers, engineers that are registered with e-library.
“We also have a physical library, where we make materials available, that’s how we are developing ourselves so that we would become better and compliant with the direction the world is going.
“I thank everybody who is present at the occasion, they are not here because of Lola. Past chairmen of our great institution, I say thank you all.
Also speaking at the event, the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers, Engr. (Senator) Femi Kila, who expressed his delight and thanked the leadership of the Lagos State chapter of the institution for bringing back leaders who hitherto had withdrawn from the activities of the institution, also made positive contributions to awake the institution from its slumber.
“If they continue in this manner, they would go places, they would go higher and higher”, he said