Some government agencies have been accused of responsibility for sub-standard jobs done on government projects because they engage quacks instead of professional engineers.
This allegation was make recently in Owerri by Engr. Ben Ekwueme when he presided over an award and investiture ceremony to usher in the new executive of the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE), Owerri branch.
He then advised governments and individuals to always avail themselves of the services of competent engineers for quality execution of their projects.
Engr. Ekwueme advised his colleagues to publish analyses of poorly executed jobs and make recommendations to the government and public as he equally told them to be proud of their profession by properly packaging themselves.
While handing over the mantle of leadership to the new chairman, Dr. Godson Osueke, the out-going chairman, Engr. Emma Obialor Ossai, MNSE, described engineering as a profession that touches the life of every individual.
He also decorated his successor, Engr. Dr. Osueke with a medallion and sworein members of the new executive.
The out-going chairman explained the significance of the medallion saying if symbolized hardwork being the number one engineer in the state as he promised to co-operate with the new chairman through sharing of ideas.
In his response, the new chairman promised team-work while declaring that he would make the completion of their secretariat a priority.
He solicited for support from all and sundry to enable them celebrate their activities in the secretariat by next year.
The new executive members are; Engr. Dr. Osueke (Chairman), Engr.Sir John C. Onwuso (General Secretary), Engr. Ebere Ononiwu (treasurer), Engr. Chibuike Onyejietu (Asst. Technical Secretary), Engr. Egelle Emenike (Technical Secretary), and Engr. Frank Onyealisi (Publicity Secretary).
Others are; Engr. Chidozie Okereke (Vice Chairman), Engr. Dr. Godson Ononiwu (Asst. General Secretary).
Engr. Emma Obialo Ossai (Ex-Officio member) and Engr. Emeka Ugoanyanwu (Ex-Officio member).
Some members were honoured with awards at the occasion with Engr. Patrick Allen Okereafor bagging a gold award, Engr. Cletus Ekpo Ogbonna receiving silver while Engr. Eme Iro Kalu Uche earning a “special thank you” award.
In their respective remarks, the awardees appreciated the honour bestowed on them and appealed to government to encourage and patronize Nigerian engineers whom they rated higher than those from most countries.
Another highlight of the occasion was the induction of 49 young engineers.