By Providence Emmanuel
THE Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE, has said that engineering is fast losing its grip in the society as Victoria Island, VI, Branch, installed Engr. Rose Madaki, as its new chairman.
Speaking at the VI Branch Ceremonial Installation of 6th Branch Chairman in Lagos, Madaki said that it has become imperative to take engineering to the rural areas and schools so as to reactivate it in the society.
Madaki stated: “My focus is the rural area. I am concerned with the rural area, enough of urban development. Engineering is losing its grip in the society and so we need to go and reactivate that in the schools. We want to start from the schools in the rural area so that engineering impact would be felt very deeply in the rural area.”
“NSE is an NGO we don’t have any grant or direct support from anybody except via our collaboration. There are organizations that are ready to assist but they do not have the platform to key in. We want to approach these organizations which we have started, for instance, the Bank of Industry, Oil and Gas Industries, among others. We have made a move and we have started implementation of that move,” she said.
In his address titled: “Innovative Research Development as a Cost Effective Tool for the Deployment and Development of Technology for the Public Services” Director General, Defense Industries Corporation of Nigeria, DICON, Major General, Bamidele Ogunkale, said that research and development constitute a crucial ingredient in the search for the development of a nation global spending on research.
Ogunkale said, “Global spending on the military research and development of 2004 amounted to about $85billion with US accounting for 60 percent of the expenditure. In US, the Pentagon alone has research and development annual budget of $34billion. This was projected to rise to about $120 billion in 2016.
“Globally, every nation strives for improvement in the social economic well being and standard of living of it citizens, to this effect, developed nations have invested massively in research and development with resultant technological advancement and innovation.
“Low level of technology capability has been responsible for the slow pace of development in West Africa because science and technology are major engine room for sustainable research and development. Poor state of research and development in Nigeria is a function of low state of science and technology based.