Abuja – Mr Yakubu Garba, the Chairman, Nigerian Society of Engineers (FCT Chapter), has urged estate developers to engage professional engineers in order to ensure quality execution of projects.
Garba, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Tuesday in Abuja, said that the activities of quacks had created image problems for the engineering profession in the country.
He advised estate developers to engage the services of qualified engineers and other relevant professionals in order to check the incidence of building collapse.
“Most people patronise quacks because they do not know the difference between an engineer, a builder, an architect or a town planner.
“With the level of proliferation of estate developers in Abuja, many of them do not engage professional engineers and this is really unfortunate.
“It is wise for estate developers and Nigerians to engage the services of engineers so as to save lives by ensuring effective, durable and quality project execution.’’[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”70560″]
He advised the Federal Government to spread construction projects among the six geo-political zones to generate jobs for the large population of unemployed persons in the country.
Garba added that the government should make funds available for dredging of the River Niger in order to expand economic activities in neighbouring states.
“We have many young engineers that are unemployed. So, I advise that projects be decentralised to various geo-political zones of the country instead of concentrating all in Abuja.
“If we spread half of the projects in Abuja to other geo-political zones, people will move in there and the pressure on Abuja will be reduced.
“Dredging of River Niger is a very noble idea as that will boost activities at ports in central Nigeria.
“Industries will spring up in Lokoja, Minna, Onitsha and environs to help reduce unemployment in the country; the project is long overdue,’’ he said. NAN)