Engineering is the vehicle needed for Nigeria’s technological development, Chairman of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Kaduna Branch, Dr. Abdulrasheed Babalola has reechoed.
He emphasized this in his welcome address to the 9th Engr. Mahmud Urwatu Armiya’u Public Lectures and Presentation of Awards, held at the prestigious Arewa House, Kaduna on Saturday.
“It is a fact that the vehicle for technological development is engineering, O sincerely call on the government to give the Nigerian engineers opportunities to perform by challenging them with specific projects whole providing the enabling environment to perform,” he said.
He said that the theme of this year’s lecture, ‘Good Governance for Sustainable Infrastructure Development in Nigeria’ was carefully chosen in line with the objectives of the foundation.
“Let me state that the very ideals of the foundation are yet to be achieved. It is a dream of the branch and that of the Armiya’u Foundation to amongst other things have a permanent secretariat where the foundation can also be housed. To this end, I re-echo the call on all stakeholders to be partners with NSE Kaduna Branch towards achieving these noble goals,” he added.
He recalled that at the first Armiya’u Lecture held on May 4th 2002, the foundation had outlined its objectives which include annual lectures on topical national issues, sponsorship of engineering research, institute a professional chair for excellence in engineering in Nigerian universities and polytechnics, presentation of annual prizes for students of engineering who excel and provision of post graduate scholarship to indigent but gifted students of engineering.
“So far we have carried and are still carrying out the objectives of the foundation except for sponsorship of engineering research work in Nigerian universities and instituting a professional chair for excellence in engineering in Nigerian universities and polytechnics.
“This is largely due to lack of funds. I therefore, call on all stakeholders to collaborate with the Nigerian Society of Engineers and Engineer Armiya’u Foundation to bring these noble objectives to fruition,” he appealed.
Three eminent personalities were presented with the special merit awards from NSE Kaduna.
They are Chairman BOT Armiya’u Foundation, Justice Mamman Nasir, Chairman Central Working Committee Armiya’u Foundation, Engr. Isa Usman Emoabino and Pioneer Chairman, Central Working Committee Armiya’u Foundation, Engr. B.K. Muhammed.
For the 2017 Engr. Mahmud Urwatu Armiya’u Foundation Students Award of Excellence, Bugaje A. Bashir of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria with a CGPA of 4.93 emerged first.
Abubakar Ibrahim of Kaduna Polytechnic placed second with 3.72 CGPA, while John Peter of Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic settled for third position with 3.42 CGPA.