Don’t wants artisans certified before practising

The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) Owerri Branch, on Tuesday, organized a seminar/exhibition for the engineering students of the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) where there was a call for the training and certification of building industry artisans before they are allowed to work.
The seminar was one of the activities lined up for the 2017 Engineering Week.
Engr. Prof. G.I. Nwandikom, the Dean of School of Engineering and Engineering Technology (SEET), made the call in view of incidences of building collapse in the country.
He also advocated a legal backing for impromptu monitoring of project sites during which those who do not have the certificate to practice would be fished out and prosecuted.
He commended the NSE for their choice of the theme of this year’s Week which was “Engineers’ Role in Economic Recovery: The Nigerian Perspective”, noting that it is appropriated now that the devil known as the building collapse is seriously challenging the engineers in the nation.
Prof Nwandikom, who was the chairman of the occasion, told the NSE that they were in the right place as FUTO had the highest number of engineers in its employment.
Presenting his welcome address, the Chairman of the Owerri Branch of NSE, Engr. Emeka Ugoanyanwu, expressed delight over the competence of the chairman of the occasion and the resource persons.
He thanked the FUTO vice chancellor for providing the conducive atmosphere for the interaction and urged the students to comport themselves well enough to attract respect of artisans and those who would need their services.

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