Ighomuaye Lucky, Benin
A professional group on the platform of Nigeria Institute of Mechanical Engineers (NIMechE) has decried what it termed ‘gross absence’ of acceptable and documented engineering standards in the country.
The group made the assertion at a public lecture with the theme, ‘The role of the mechanical engineer in projects engineering and monitoring: The issue of ethics and corruption’, held in Benin-City, the Edo State capital.
The group blamed lack of accuracy, precision in effective projects monitoring, execution and incessant incidences of collapse buildings on lack of ethical practice in the profession
In his welcome address, the state’s chairman of Nigeria Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Edo State chapter, Engr. Okezi Kenneth Otomi, noted that engineering practice in the county still rely on borrowed standard from British and America sixty years after.
He said the development has created a huge disconnect between what is taught and the actual industry practice in the nation’s ivory institutions.
Otomi said ethics in the profession has been greatly compromised and vehemently protested the expense of standard and quality
On his part, the Guest Lecturer, Prof. Anthony Clement Igboanugo, of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Benin, warned Mechanical Engineers against indulging in unacceptable professional misconduct and dishonestly in return for personal gains.
“It’s clearly an implication that money earned through such dishonest ways especially through underhand practice does not help the engineer’s career reputation in the long run.
“Without such a manic desire for freedom against corruption, the very essence of our economic system would slide into doom. Engineers should act now that corruption is becoming the spirit of the age.
“This exhortation may sound like impractical but it is the sure way to build a veritable egalitarian society”, he said.