By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The America Society of Civil Engineers Nigeria International Section(ASCE) said the society will want staff of ministry of Water Resources especially those in the technical department and Civil Engineers to joint the international body.
The President of ASEC Engr. Ajose Otinwa made the call when he lead a delegation on a courtesy visit to the Minister of Water Resources, Suleman Adamu in his office in Abuja, recently.
Engr. Otinwa stated the importance of why ASCE members who have been operating in water resources sector need to possess high capacities for effectiveness in their job.
“We would like to explore and harness possibility of capacity building for your Ministry’s key staff in conjunction with ASCE headquarters.
“We will assist in facilitating your fellowship with ASCE and wish you remain a financially active members”.
While,pointed out some
significant developments in the activities of ASCE in Nigeria saying that :
“we are glad to say that out of that global membership, Nigeria International Section contributes about 685 members, including students. We have over 15 Fellows of ASCE made up of accomplished engineers and still counting”.
He told the minister “you can rely on members for professionalism in all areas of civil engineering and we are willing to contribute in executing the Executive Order 009.
“Our members in Nigeria are registered engineering professionals and are also members of Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers (NICE), Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineers (NIStructE) and some other engineering bodies.”
The Section supports development of younger members and students through various developmental programs and mentorship.
The president emphasized that the society also support development of younger members and students through various developmental programs and mentorship and active students chapters at Covenant University, (CU), Ota, Ogun State,Lagos State Polytechnic, (LASPOTECH), Lagos Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, (FUNAAB), Ogun State and Federal University of illorin(Unilorin)Kwara state among others .
Responding, the Minister of Water Resources Suleiman Adamu, who was full of joy expressed that there is no greater profession like Engineering and he is luck to be on of them.
Adamu said all we have been doing in the last four years is to restore back professionalism in the system, including the technical department by putting the right people at the right section of working and brainstorming together for effective capacity.
“The door is open in my ministry for effective capacity collaboration for my staff to be active members of ASEC”.
While appreciating ASEC for taking order 009 serious, he emphasized that “we should have dignity in what we are doing by removing negative social norms in our society”.
He urged the ASEC to contribute their quarter by donating toilets to schools and communities.”Lets start with the basic by showing commitment and being good ambassadors by identifying projects and making sure we deliver them for people”.