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Join me to reverse infrastructure deficit in Nigeria, Buhari begs Indigenous Engineers

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President Mohammadu Buhari, on Wednesday urged Indigenous Engineers to reverse infrastructure deficit in Nigeria.

The President made the remark when he received a delegation of Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) led by the council president, Adekunle Mokuolu on Wednesday in Abuja.

In a statement by its Special Adviser on Media & Publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari called for more concerted effort, creative and innovative ideas, noting that “Nigerian problems require uniquely Nigerian solutions’’.

President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday in Abuja called for more concerted effort, creative and innovative ideas from the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) in reversing the infrastructure deficit in the country, saying “Nigerian problems require uniquely Nigerian solutions’’.

He noted that reversing the deficit will require indigenous capacity, adding that the government has deliberately structured policies to favour more lo

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In his words: “In the past four years, we focused on reversing this trend by introducing policies that will create the enabling environment for engineers to succeed and thrive.

“We introduced Executive Orders and embarked on several infrastructure development and rehabilitation projects. As a Government, we also prioritized local content in our procurement processes,’’ the President added.

Buhari also asked the engineers to continue to support Government at all levels to build a more prosperous society.

In his remarks, Mokuolu commended the President for expressing his belief in local capacity in 2009 at an NSE conference and following up with Executive Orders, appointments and recognition of the regulatory council to further encourage engineers in partnering with the government to develop the country.

The NSE President said the engineering society had been playing a strategic role in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan and had established a North East Rehabilitation Committee, while presenting a list of requests to the President, which includes involving members in conceptual stages of projects

Mokuolu said the council had started domestication of global codes and standards, noting that it now has 75 branches spread across the country, with two in foreign cities, Houston and London.

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