The Minister for the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, has urged consulting engineers to explore opportunities for collaboration, knowledge sharing, and the advancement of consulting engineering practices in Nigeria.
He disclosed this at the 45th Annual Conference of the Association for Consulting Engineering in Nigeria in Abuja.
The minister Wike said it was important to leverage the expertise of consulting engineers in addressing the challenges in infrastructure development in Nigeria.
He said this is to ensure that infrastructure meets the highest standards, aligns with international best practices, and enables Nigeria to compete effectively on the global stage.
He stated that Nigeria’s participation in the African Continental Free Trade Area presents a tremendous opportunity for the Country and collaboration between engineering professionals and the government.
He further declared, “As a government, we remain committed to creating an enabling environment for consulting engineers to thrive and we are eager to work with ACEN to streamline regulatory processes, ensure fair and transparent procurement procedures, and provide support for research and innovation in the field.”
Earlier, its President, Ajibade Oke, had explained that the Association will use the platform for taking stock of all activities to date, adding, “The meeting always gives us opportunities to evaluate and discuss our role in the Nigerian economy.”
Ajibade said, “We will send out messages to governments at all levels on how their policies affect our businesses and how we can be employed for a better Country and the sustainability of our Nation’s infrastructure development.”
In a goodwill message, Chairman, Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria, Samson A. Opaluwah, noted that strengthened collaborations among professionals could not be overemphasized.
He listed some areas where collaboration could yield substantial benefits to the Nation including project collaboration and coordination, capacity building, standardization, and regulation of the built environment amongst others.
In his keynote address at the AGM with the theme ‘Advancing Consulting Engineering Practice in Nigeria and Collaborating with Government for African Free Trade Benefits’, Prof. Jonathan Aremu of the National Action Committee on AfCFTA, said that there was an urgent need for African economic integration.
He added that Nigeria has the potential to become a major player in the African economy under its market size, and its human and natural resource endowments.