Chinasa Okolie, President, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Abuja chapter, has urged the Federal Government to make policies that would encourage active participation of indigenous engineers in charting a technological revolution for Nigeria.
Okolie told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja that local content could be developed with direct engagement of indigenous engineers by Nigerian governments.
He condemned the penchant for engaging foreign engineers in the construction of infrastructure in the country.
The engineer identified “mad rush’’ for foreign products and services as inimical to technological development, adding that government should rise to the occasion.
He said: “It is a pity that our government lacks the policies to encourage indigenous engineers, hence the country becomes a dumping ground for substandard goods.
“Many of the goods being imported into Nigeria from China are not sold or used in China because they are substandard.”
Okolie, who called on indigenous engineers not to relent in their efforts for a technologically developed Nigeria, said the country was blessed with quality engineers.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that many of Nigerian roads and economic infrastructure are being constructed by expatriates.