NIGERIAN Society of Engineers (NSE) is seeking partnership with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) to equip engineers with up-to-date knowledge in various aspects of engineering design and software.
Mr Olumuyiwa Ajibola, the President of the NSE, made this known on Wednesday in a Abuja during a courtesy visit on the Director-General of NITDA, Prof. Cleopas Angaye.
Ajibola said the rate of the use of information and technology facilities was on the rise, and was a dynamic environment, which deserved special attention from professionals, especially engineers. He said that engineers needed IT knowledge for many of their designs.
According to him, the emerging technology is one of the focuses for capacity building of Nigerian Engineers in the society’s engineering practise and resource centre. He said the resource centre was being established to update members on professional knowledge and bridge gaps between skills and knowledge. Ajibola said that the society was looking for partners who would enable the society achieve its objectives.
According to him, members of the society must be ready to compete with their contemporaries abroad by acquiring relevant skills in emerging technology in designs, signal processing and software engineering. “The resource centre is aiming at training at least 1,000 engineers in their various areas of specialisation in the next one year and needed partners and support to achieve this,” he said.
In his response, Angaye said NITDA was ready to partner with the society as part of its activities towards developing IT in the country. He said that the partnership should look beyond just training the engineers in Nigeria. According to him, the partnership should explore taking them outside the country if the need arises while identifying any particular gap that can be filled with such training.
He said the agency had already trained more than 750 teachers, who were already setting up 37 Internet centres in schools across the country. Angaye observed that there was the need for every school in the country to have a computer laboratory.
He praised the NSE for embarking on capacity building for its members, adding that there was the need to bring back the culture of standards and regulation.
The NSE has inaugurated a training and capacity building wing of the Board of Engineering Practise and Resource Centre. The board is chaired by the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof Olufemi Bamiro. Other members of the board are Dr Diran Fawibe, Mr Anthony Abolarin, Dr Babagana Mohammed, Mrs Ini Usoro and Mr Sola Sanni, among others.