By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
An affiliate of the Council of the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Nigeria Association of Engineering Craftsmen (NAEC), recently inducted 333 artisans into the Craftsmanship cadre.
The new inductees are members of the Builders Construction and Skilled Artisan Association of Nigeria [BACSAAN].
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, while inducting the new craftsmen in Abuja, said the group has a critical role to grow the nation’s economy by training and retraining the unskilled and skilled unemployed youths.
Represented by the Director, Engineering Services, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Engineer Julius Olunuola, Fashola also charged the new inductees on quality delivery.
He said: “The National Association of Engineering Craftsmen has a critical role to play in areas of training and retraining of unskilled and skilled teaming unemployed youth for economic growth.
“It is my honour and pleasure to induct the three hundred and thirty-three artisans into the craftsmanship cadre, and I believe that you will live up to the expectations of your new designation by ensuring quality job delivery, that will create the desired impact nationwide, especially in ensuring value for money in engineering projects and adherence to professionalism in order to reduce quackery and corrupt practices in engineering works’’.
Earlier, the National President of the Nigeria Association of Engineering Craftsmen (NAEC),Engineer Tanko Gyang, had explained that the induction of the new craftsmen was a step to eradicate quackery in the engineering field.
Gyang also noted that with the induction of new craftsmen, the importation of foreign artisans for the execution of engineering jobs in Nigeria will be halted.
He said: ““Today history is being made as we journey towards the eradication of quackery in our society as well as halting the importation of foreign Artisans for executing engineering jobs in Nigeria.
“Over the years, we have witnessed so many lapses in effectiveness of our artisans which has given room to so many failures such as poor facility managements ,building collapse, poor execution of engineering jobs just to mention a few”.
He called on the Federal Government to equip all Technical Colleges and Vocational Centres in Nigeria; and also to establish new ones.
The president of NAEC explained that statistics had shown that there were 159 technical colleges and 214 Vocational training centres which were inadequate for the Technological development of the Nigerian nation.
He also called on the private sector to partner with NAEC in the provision of quality engineering craftsmen training and services for professional perfection.
Also, speaking the president COREN Engr.Ali Rabiu, said the induction ceremony would help to correct the faulty of engineering pyramid.
The President Nigeria Society of Engineers ( NSE),Babagana Mohammed, said the induction would bring an end to quackery in the country.
He said it would make it possible for Nigerian artisans to be engaged rather than engaging foreigners on jobs citizens should do therefore making local artisans redundant and impoverished.
According to him, in the pyramid, engineers are supposed to be the least in the number of the professionals and craftsmen the highest.But the reverse is the case which should not be.