‘Legal framework crucial to sustainable infrastructure devt’
By Femi Atolagbe
An appeal has gone to the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) to embark on aggressive education of the public on proper maintenance of infrastructure to ensure sustainable infrastructural development.
National President of NSE, Engr. Adekunle Mokuolu who was represented by the Vice President, Engr. Adeniran Kilomodemo stated this at the 40th Anniversary Lecture held at the Multipurpose Event Centre of Ondo state Development Property Corporation in Ijapo Estate, Akure .
The lecture organised by the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Ondo state chapter and tagged “Sustainable Approach to Infrastructure Development” was part of activities marking the 40th Anniversary of the chapter.
Mokuolu who commended the State Government for its partnership through the branch sought more support saying sustainable infrastructure development will guarantee self-sufficiency in food, production and job creation .
The lead speaker of the lecture, Engr. David Omoya identified security, finance, legal frame work and proactiveness on the part of professionals as vehicles to achieving sustainable infrastructure development.
Omoya emphasized that strong legal and financial framework, with security stability are the only ways to ensure sustainable infrastructure development in the country.
He urged the Engineers to update themselves by attending conferences and ensure they read and write books to enable the society achieve their target of sustainable infrastructure development.
He therefore commended President Muhammad Buhari for his efforts at reducing leakages to wards ensuring sustainable infrastructure development in the country.
The Pioneer Chairman of the state branch, Engr. Adebayo Jeje, who took the members back to memory lane on how the state chapter was carved out from the old Oyo state in May 1979, harped on good leadership to achieve the set goal.
He therefore urged the Engineers to show more interest in politics to champion the cause of sustainable infrastructural development in the country.
Earlier in her welcome address, the Chairman of the state chapter, ENGR. Dr .Mrs Christianah Ijagbemi said the lecture was to bring together stakeholders in building industry to discuss solution on how to curb the menace of building collapse now and in the nearest future in the country.
Ijagbemi described the topic as apt and of great benefit to the public assuring that the state chapter will take further on radio and television programme to enlighten the public on the role of professionals in building design, construction and maintenance.