Professor Tonye Johnarry of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology has advocated the ceding ofÂ Port Harcourt refinery to the Niger Delta people under the post-amnesty deal rather than selling it to private entrepreneurs.
Delivering a lecture titled: Niger Delta Development Through Proof Monuments, organised by a special committee of engineers to mark the 80th birthdayÂ of a distinguished civil engineer, Elder Enoch George, Professor Johnarry opined that such ceding would empower the people of the region who have been clamouring for resource control.
The former Commissioner in Rivers State and former Rector of Bori Polytechnic also appealed to the Federal Government to assist the Niger Delta University to function as an international centre for human capital development
He noted that even though the University was owned by Bayelsa State government, the name reflected a regional image which he linked to the philosophy of Nigeriaâ€™s first President, Doctor Nnamdi Azikiwe, when he established the University of Nigeria in the present day Enugu State.
Earlier, Chairman of the occasion, Elder S.D.J. Ogan, had charged engineers to leave a legacy through honest and dedicated service to humanity and congratulated Elder Enoch George on his 80th birthday.
In his remakes, the octagenarian and renowned civil engineer, Elder Enoch George, tasked the political class not to play politics with engineering works because, according to him, engineering does not only create wealth but also provides monumental infrastructure to serve humanity.
Elder George also warned against undue time frame for engineering works to be completed, saying such pressure could lead to poor service delivery and in turn lead to destruction of lives and property.
Elder George, whose firm, Enoch George Associates, was the first indigenous company to conduct geo-technical investigation offshore, however, appealed to engineers to build for posterity and not money.