From: Bamidele Fashube, Abuja
The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has appealed to the Federal Government to give priority and guarantee access to renewable energy.
The Society said government should as well democratise citizens access to energy such that people can generate their power without solely relying on the national grid.
President of the NSE, Engr. Adekunle Mukuolu, made the call during a press conference, held at the weekend on the 2018 National Engineering Conference and Annual General Meeting in Abuja.
He emphasised that energy mix remains sustainable means of providing sufficient power for the nation.
His words: “There is need for urgent step to be taken in order to guarantee citizens access to reliable power. Although, Nigeria is richly endowed with all the energy resources, the inability of our government to effectively develop them for our use sustainably has made the pursuit of socio-economic activities difficult.”
“Alternative energy is the way to go especially for residences while energy transmission through the high-tensions should be directed to industries and other industrial firms,” he added.
Mukuolu further identified need to focus on critical infrastructure in the rural communities to realise genuine development in the country.
He said it is capable of boosting productivity and creating wealth.
According to him, in the last six decades, NSE advocacies and intellectual interventions have been focused on proferring smart development solutions for the country.
“In Nigeria, it has been an uphill task getting successive governments to understand the importance of indigenous engineering innovations to national economic and social development.
“NSE holds the conviction that provision of critical infrastructure in the rural communities must take prominence in any governments agenda, if the goal of boosting productivity and creating wealth will be achieved,” he said.
Speaking on the 2018 conference, it is expected to hold between November 26th and Friday, November 30, 2018. The theme of the conference will be,” Sustainable Engineering Infrastructure and Accelerated Rural Development”.
He applauded the Federal Government Presidential Executive Order 5 which he said has assisted local engineers.
Mukuolu described the Order as a call to action for the engineers, stressing that a session on the conference would be dedicated to dissecting the policy document and further take advantage of the opportunities inherent in it.
On the NSE Corporate Social Responsibility, the president disclosed that an NSE electrification project has commenced in Juji Yanma, Juji Gabas, Ajaita, Unguwan Madaki and Baban Saura in selected communities in Kaduna State.