By NBF News

Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Victor Ochei, has challenged Nigerian engineers to channel their expertise to the development of the country, as the profession is central to any developmental process.

He made the statement at the 44th Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Calabar, Cross River State, where he was conferred with the Fellowship of the NSE.

According to him: 'The profession is the bedrock of any developmental initiative. Developed economies attained global reckoning by upholding the overriding imperatives of engineering as the veritable tool capable of bringing about meaningful development in all facets of national endeavour.'

He observed that his submission stemmed from the need to align with the concept of applying engineering as a realistic component in the development of any economy.

Oche opined that engineering, as a viable apparatus in developmental approach, has made the profession a sine-qua non in nation-building, adding that he would continually bring his professional background to bear in governance.

President of NSE, Chief Olumuyiwa Ajibola, promised to use the theme lecture of the conference to ensure an effective transportation system in the country as the poor road network, inefficient rail system, non existent inland waterways negate the principles of economic advancement.