The Nigerian Association of Engineering Craftsmen (NAEC) has called on the government and the private sector to partner with it in the provision of quality training and professional service delivery for engineering craftsmen.
The National President of the NAEC, Engr. Tanko Gyang made the call at the induction ceremony of three hundred and thirty-three trained artisans into the craftsmanship cadre in Abuja.
The association also emphasised the need for the patronage of the engineering craftsmen to take over jobs on roads construction installation and maintenance to replace the foreign technicians coming into Nigeria for job executions.
“Membership of the NAEC is open to all engineering craftsmen cadre who have acquired skills and educational training in all aspects of engineering, with the core purpose of avoiding quackery in the practice of engineering in Nigeria
“As a way of proffering solutions to quackery, the association empowered by the Nigerian association of engineers deemed it fit to engage in the training of artisans and then certify them by upgrading them into the craftsmanship cadre with the belief that quackery and unprofessional practice in the field of engineering will be completely eradicated in Nigeria.
“Over the years Nigeria has witnessed so many lapses and ineffectiveness of artisans which gave room to so many failures such as poor facility management, collapsed buildings and poor execution of engineering jobs,” the NAEC President explained.
He added that the association is committed to ensuring that its members maintain high standard professional practices in engineering and related fields.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola said that artisans have a major role to play for President Muhammad Buhari’s objectives on skill acquisition and youth empowerment to be achieved.
He said that the artisans and the craftsmen are the ones to transform the designs of engineering to practical realities and are important to national and economic development.
The NAEC is a registered body under the sponsorships of Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria.
Source: Voice of Nigeria