Worried over the scarcity of engineers in the nation, the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has advised science students to study engineering courses in tertiary institutions.
Bauchi state chairman of the society, Engineer Abdulmalik Maleka gave the advice while addressing journalists during the commemoration of the 2021 world engineering day in the state.
Maleka said as part of measures to address the scarcity of engineers, the organisation would embark on career talk to secondary schools in the state to encourage them to choose engineering as their professions.
According to the NSE chairman, there is a correlation between development and engineers and that no country can develop fast without good engineers and technologists.
“There is a need for more qualified engineers in Nigeria because there is a relationship between engineering and development. So the career talk is to encourage students to study engineering due to scarcity of engineers in our society.
“Female students should also study engineering not only males and graduates of engineering should not be employed as teachers but should be deployed to the field first to acquaint themselves with the skills and contribute to development of the society”, he said.
Also speaking, the Technical Secretary of NSE in Bauchi state, Engineer Mohammed Suleiman lauded the federal government for coming up with a policy that suggests the employment of fresh engineers on grade level nine in civil service but lamented that many state governments and private organisations are yet to implement it.
He opined that the implementation of the policy would motivate engineers in the nation just as he advocated incentives for local inventors for the technological development of the country.
Engineer Suleiman who described inadequate fundings and lack of political will as the bane of technology in the nation pointed out that if government allocates adequate funds for science, technology and researches, experts can solve many problems facing the country.