DR. Sam Okpokpor, theÂ Delta Head of Service, has urged Nigerian engineers to apply their knowledge to their everyday assignments, irrespective of their positions.Â Okpokpor was speaking in Asaba on Tuesday at a three-day workshop, organised by the Asaba chapter of the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE).
He appealed to engineers to participate in and cooperate with the Delta Government to achieve its human capital development agenda.
The head of service, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Establishments, Dr Anthonia Nwabueze, urged participates in the workshop to pay attention to the lectures and ensure that they used the knowledge gained for the service of humanity.
I have been informed that experts from the academia, private and public sectors have been brought as resource persons to deliberate and proffer solutions to combat the effect of the global meltdown.
I do hope that participants would benefit immensely and also be able to apply the knowledge to their day to day assignments in their various offices,â€™â€™ he said.Earlier, the Chairman of the Asaba branch of NSE, Dr Benedict Aloku, said the workshop was the first since the 18 years the branch was established.He said that the only solution to manâ€™â€™s quest for good life was the promotion of the practical art of science of engineering.
â€œMan in his never ending struggle to tame nature has been driven by four basic needs, namely; agriculture, building, communication and power.
â€œThe practical art of science of engineering arose and grew to meet these needs and today various facilities have been provided to care for manâ€™â€™s needs,â€™â€™ he said.He said that NSE Delta branch was committed to a focused collaboration by influencing and providing quality advice to the various arms of government, industry, commerce, academics and the society at large.
â€œThis is aimed at uplifting our nation, as well as making meaningful contributions to the advancement of technology worldwide,â€™â€™ he said.
The workshop, with the theme, â€œManaging Engineering Infrastructure in an Economic Recessionâ€™â€™, aims at a critical examination of the effects of the current economic crisis on engineering practice in Delta.