By Daniel Gumm

WARRI—A FORMER Chief Process Engineer in Warri Refining and Petrochemicals Company, WRPC, a subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Engr. Mark Williams, has stressed the need for specification in procurement, insisting that shortage of specification was responsible for building and other infrastructure failure in Nigeria.

Williams, weekend, in Effurun, Delta State, at a public lecture series with the theme, Engineering and Procurement, organised by the Warri branch of Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE, opined that between 60 and 70 percent of a company’s expenditure was on procurement, hence the need to ensure transparency and accountability.

Chairman of NSE, Warri branch, Engr. Joseph Eghwrudje, in his opening address, explained that the lecture was to encourage engineers to know more about engineering and procurement.

Disclosing that the President of NSE, Engr. Otis Anyaeji, belongs to the Warri branch of NSE, Eghwrudje tasked members to live up to their obligation so as to promote the engineering profession in the country.

Speaking in the same vein, a national executive member of NSE as well as the Deputy Director Polymers and Advanced Composites, SHEDA Science and Technology, Abuja, Engr.  Edith Ishidi, noted that good procurement must be devoid of sentiment and the officers involved should be accountable and exhibit good ethical standard.

President of NSE, Engr. Anyaeji, had in a message through Engr. C.  Wamuo canvassed the participation of non-engineers in the public lecture series, noting that sharing of ideas was part of the reason the lecture was being organised.


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