By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—GOVERNOR Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State at the First Public Lecture Series of Edo University, Iyahmo, Etsako West Local Government Area, gave reasons why his administration established the university, saying the people of Edo North, with the second largest population in the state, deserved a state university to help the educational needs of the people.
This came as the guest lecturer and President of Nigeria Society of Engineers, NSE, Engr Otis Anyaeji, who lauded the establishment of the university, however expressed worries over cases of defects in engineering works and practices in Nigeria.
According to him, NSE had as a result, advocated that the practice of engineering should be chartered like several other professions to achieve professional conduct.
Speaking at the event, Oshiomhole, who was represented by his chief of staff, Patrick Obahiagbon, said: “This university was set up because education is the best tool to kill poverty and apart from that the people of Edo North needed a university that will help solve the educational needs of the people. We are glad that with the support of the Vice Chancellor and his team this university is today a reality.
“There is no doubt that this is one of the laudable achievements of the administration of Governor Oshiomhole who has so much passion for education because of his strong belief that we cannot fight poverty without providing sound education for our children. So, we thank God that today, we have been able to provide structures and conducive learning environment that has made our dream a reality.”
The guest lecturer, Engr Anyaeji, in his lecture entitled, Engineering Education, Regulation and Practice, stressed the need to entrench professionalism in the profession with the right curriculum in schools.
He said: “Nigerian Engineers have now realised that if they had opted for a charter status for the engineering profession in 1970, the funding burden by government would have been averted and the situation where those who pay the piper dictate the tune would have been prevented as government will only be obliged to provide subventions.”