The Chairman, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Lagos State branch, Mr Musliudeen Agoro, has urged local engineers to form consortium to handle big projects to bridge Nigeria’s infrastructure gap.
Agoro, who made the call in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria, said that forming consortium of engineers remained the only way the local engineers could execute big projects.
President Muhammadu Buhari in 2018 signed an Executive Order on local content to ensure that jobs that could be done by indigenous professionals were not given to foreign firms.
Agoro said that the signing of the executive order on local content by President Buhari empowered and protected local engineers, local suppliers and local contractors such that Nigerian engineers could lead projects.
He, however, added that signing of the executive order might not be enough, and called for government’s full backing and encouragement to enable the engineers to secure and also lead in execution of projects.
“The signing of the executive order was very encouraging. However, if there is no full support and backing from government, it will be difficult for Nigerian local engineers to lead in execution of projects amid foreign contractors,” he said.
He said that though there were consulting engineers in the country, they were just a few.
He suggested that where Nigerian engineers did not have the expertise, they could partner with foreign firms in the execution of mega project to avoid situations whereby jobs were hijacked by foreign firms.