One of the factors hindering local production is the high level of dependence on expatriates at the expense of suitably qualified engineers in the country.
It was on this premise that the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa state called on the Federal Government to revisit the “Vision 20.2020” National Development policy during the visit of the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers in Government House, Yenagoa.
Ovieteme George reports that a report by the National Bureau of Statistics reveals that the number of unemployed graduates in Nigeria rose from 3.3 million to 20.9 million in the third quarter of 2018.
This affects Nigerians from different academic fields including Engineering where Government and corporate organisations seem to prefer expatriates to local engineers in project execution.
The Bayelsa State Deputy Governor Gboribiogha Jonah makes a case for Nigerian Engineers during the visit of the Nigerian Institution Of
National President of the Institution Robinson Ejilah believes researchable outputs of innovations should be made practicable for entrepreneurial
development in the field of engineering.
The Nigerian Institution Of Engineers is seeking the support of the State Government to host its annual conference in Yenagoa.