WARRI/Nigeria: The Chairman of Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Warri Branch, Engineer Godwin Onoriode Enibueta, has asserted that the non involvement of qualified engineers in commencement and completion of projects was a major cause of failure of most projects in Nigeria.
He made the assertion in a press conference during the 40th anniversary of NSE in Warri.
Enibueta noted that government and other project owners often involved qualified engineers at the initial stages of projects but later bring in unqualified ones to complete such projects.
In ensuring that quality projects were executed, Enibueta disclosed that NSE had an engineering monitoring and administration committee and that the committee was also saddled with the responsibility of checkmating the activities of quacks in the engineering profession.
While promising to make Delta a better state in terms of execution of quality projects, he suggested that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa should set up an engineering monitoring committee, made up of technocrats and that the committee should be directly under the governor.
The chairman seized the opportunity to appeal to Governor Okowa to raise the salary grade level of fresh employed engineers in the state to level 09 in conformity with that of the Federal Government policy.
While stating that Lagos State Government had started the implementation of the salary scale policy, he noted that engineering courses were a five and not four years course in higher institutions of learning.
As parts of the achievements of the body in Warri, Enibueta disclosed that NSE championed the flood control and beautification projects in Warri, Effurun and environs during the administration the former Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan in the state.
Enibueta stated that NSE had played an advisory role to the state government on existing and ongoing projects.