The President of Nigeria Society of Engineers, Engr. Otis Oliver Anyaeji has attributed the failure of the three tiers of government to provide adequate infrastructure for its citizens to non-engagement of engineers for infrastructure and engineering projects across the States.
This is even as he regretted that the Lokoja- Abuja expressway had led to death of two prominent Engineers apart from the immediate past Minister of Labour and Productivity, James Ocholi adding that no potholes should be visible on any roads across the States.
The Nigerian Infrastructure Report Card 2015, published by NSE estimated that a total investment of over $ 3.1 trillion would be required over the next 30 years from 2014 to 2043 to build, maintain and manage infrastructure for Nigeria.
He said the report card which collated inputs of Engineers and other stakeholders across the country scored Nigeria’s infrastructure as ‘E2’ noting that the present condition of our national infrastructure is a threat to public safety.
Anyaeji who stated this in Abuja while addressing newsmen on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and other National issues noted that Nigeria is buoyant and does not need donation from any country but to manage its resources well.
According to him, “ There is no standard medical facility in Nigeria inclusive of the National Hospital Abuja and the telecommunications sector have failed woefully which does not happen in other countries except in Nigeria.
He further called for the restructuring of Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission ( NERC) in view of erratic power supply stressing that qualified engineers should form the core membership of the Commission if the federal government was interested in effective regulation, distribution and transmission of electricity.
The president reaffirmed the commitment of the Society towards collaborating with government at all levels and key private sectors in hastening the realisation of Nigeria’s development goals based on the strong connection of the Engineering Profession to agriculture, infrastructure and industrial development.
“We feel compelled to lend our voice to the public debate on the need to create a platform to bring stakeholders from the private and public sectors together at the proposed National Economic Summit by the federal government on realistic ideas aimed at recreating a robust and viable economy for Nigeria.