By Etuka Sunday
The Director, Technical Standards and Network Integrity of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Engr. Bako Wakil has said that it took him three decades of hardwork, dedication and integrity in service to bag a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE).
Engr. Wakil spoke shortly after his induction with 53 others by the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) at the 13th Fellowship Conferment Lecture held at Chida Events Centre, Utako, Abuja.
He admonished the younger generations to also demonstrate patience, commitment to service and display high sense of integrity in the service to the country.
Also speaking, the Governor of Oyo State, Eng. Oluseyi Makinde said the search for industrialization, rapid economic growth and sustainable development would remain a mirage if Nigerian Engineers continue to stay away from partisan politics.
According to him, Nigeria’s socio-economic transformation and prosperity depends largely on industrialization, more so with Nigerian Engineers at the driving seat.
He said China became a major player in global politics and development today because Chinese leaders had their backgrounds deeply rooted in Engineering, asserting that the Chinese Gross Domestic Products (GDP) continue to grow because the people at the Corridors of power in China are Engineers.
“By our training, we are to profer solutions to problems confronting humanity and this has expanded to developing infrastructures on a larger scale to solve multiple problems in the society. And by this we are not only tested, but trusted. Therefore, for us to take our rightful positions, there must be a change of attitude on our part.
“Even though Engineers keep away from politics because Engineering Principles Dont work with Politics, however, putting the over-riding interests of the end users in focus is paramount for socio-economic transformation of the country”, Governor Makinde said.
Governor Makinde made the remarks while delivering the 13th Fellowship Conferment Lecture on 54 Newly inducted Members of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) at the Chida Events Centre, Utako, Abuja, yesterday.
His Lecture was titled “Engineers In Politics: A Panacea for Accelerated Development”.
Among the guests at the Lecture/Ceremony were the Minister of Water Resources, Eng. Suleiman Adamu, and the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Eng. Mele Kyari, while among the Conferees were the Director of Technical Standard and Network Integrity of the NCC, Eng. Bako Wakil and the Chairman of Da’ar Communications, Eng. Raymond Dokpesi.
Governor Makinde said the challenges of power supply, cyber crimes, environmental polution especially in the Niger/Delta region, Climate Change and other infrastructural problems could be addressed frontally if Nigerian Engineers offer themselves for elective offices.
He described Engineers as goal getters and result-oriented , asserting that if the future of Nigeria is industrialization, it is incumbent upon Engineers to take the front seats in leadership positions across the country.
Governor Makinde said: “Industrialization is about Engineers and Engineering. As Engineers we need politcal power to execute beautiful ideas. By the grace of God, I am using that power to execute projects and ideas that will transform the lives of my people in Oyo state.
“And that was why, when some people were campaigning and talking about manifestoes, I was talking about the roadmap to social transformation. So we need more Engineers to join us because Engineers are going to get it right in fixing the country,” he said.