By Our Correspondent
Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has denied the involvement of its members in oil pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta region.
The engineers said they were not involved in any form of pipeline vandalism, building collapse not to mention swimming down 70 kilometers into the deep sea to blow pipeline installations.
NSE National President, Engr. Otis Anyaeji who spoke in Abuja on behalf of the society said his members are real professionals who cannot engage in such act.
He noted that perpetrators could have used abandoned dynamites to carry out the unlawful activity.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on Tuesday, after his investiture as the Grand Patron of the Nigeria Academy of Engineering (NAE), advised the academy to caution its members, stressing that going by the sophistication of equipment used, ordinary Nigerians cannot blow-up pipelines laid down the sea.
Anyaeji said: “They are not our members. Our registered engineers are professionals; they cannot even get involved in building collapse talk less of going down the sea. So those dynamites have been there for long. If you know how
“The president did not mention engineers; he said not ordinary person can blow pipelines 70 kilometers down the sea…..”
Speaking on outcome of the African engineering conference on energy, held in Uyo, Anyaeji further appealed to Buhari to appoint professionals as head of engineering related ministries, agencies and parastatals.
He condemned situations where foreigners are engaged to execute engineering contracts such as road constructions, building, telecom among others.
According to him, indigenous engineers are often engaged in irrelevant sections of project execution.
He added that some of the foreign construction firms found it difficult to maintain their projects after completion.
Anyaeji urged the federal government to design master plan on energy mix such that private sectors and professional bodies can key into.
He identified need to partner with relevant stakeholders to explore other sources of energy such as solar, wind, coal among others.