By Tunji Adedeji
Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State on Thursday lampooned the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) for keeping quiet while the former Governor, Senator Rochas Okorocha embarked on low quality projects throughout the State.
Ihedioha spoke at the 4th edition of Engineer Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu annual lecture series instituted in his honour by the Owerri branch of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Imo State at the Ahiajoku Convention Centre.
Ihedioha said he was surprised that the NSE kept quiet while the former Governor, Okorocha embarked on substandard projects during his eight years rule.
Further, the Governor challenged the association to challenge inferior construction projects and where possible sanction people who engage in such projects, whether owned by government or private individuals.
Ihedioha described Engineers as people who occupy strategic positions in nation building even as he added that Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu remains a colossus who has contributed hugely in Imo State and Nigeria as a whole.
On his part, elder statesman and member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) board of trustees, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu raised an alarm over what he described as grave unemployment problem in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
The elder statesman lamented that there is abject poverty in Nigeria, saying the situation is dangerous for the country and Africa.
He opined that the federal and state governments must unite and establish industries, at least one in every local government in Nigeria adding that such industries should be managed by experts.
According to Chief Iwuanyanwu, such industries should target essential goods for local consumption and goods for export.
The Imo born politician excused President Muhamadu Buhari as the cause of Nigeria’s many problems saying “Nigeria today has multifarious problems. Many people blame it on President Buhari but I want to state categorically that I don’t blame it completely on him. Any other person sworn in as President of Nigeria under the system he is operating will have the same problem”.
Chief Iwuanyanwu noted that the federal government has at different times carried out different programs to solve economic the problems of the nation even as he condemned any policy that entails giving free money to any individual under any guise.
According to him, beneficiaries of such funds utilize it to solve personal problems even as he recommended that such monies be invested in industrial development, noting that that way, jobs will be created, goods and services produced, and the Gross Domestic Product will improve, poverty will be eliminated and Nigeria will occupy an exalted place among the comity of nations.
Governor Emeka Ihedioha eulogized the front line politician for what he described as the noble contributions to the State and country.
Chairman of the Nigeria Society of Engineers Owerri branch, Engr Luke Uzoigwe said the lecture series will always bring to the fore, the potentialities, exploits, and ingenuity of Nigerian Engineers.