Mr Otis Anyaeji, the President, Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), has called for strict adherence to professional code and ethics among members and fellows of the society.
Anyaeji made the call on Thursday in Abuja at a dinner with the theme, “Empowering Engineering Teachers: Bridging the Industry-Academia Gap” organised for 30 engineers conferred with fellows of the Society.
He said the dinner, organised to create an avenue for interaction among engineers, was also to enhance the advancement the visibility of the society by policy makers.
He said the 30 conferees were engineers, who had distinguished themselves, were also chosen to join the league of elite professionals in delivering valuable services to the development of Nigeria.
“Your conferment is earned by dint of hard work and dedication and the expectations of NSE and the larger society from you are high with regards to strict adherence to professional ethics.
“The NSE, therefore, reserves the right to revoke and withdraw the fellowship certificate of any member enmeshed in breaches brought to the notice of the society,” he warned.
Mr Chris Okoye, the Chairman, Board of Fellows of NSE, said the dinner was an opportunity to consider the repositioning of the engineering education platform in Nigeria.
He said the idea was to bring to the front burner, the need to empower engineering teacher in Nigeria, especially in bridging the gap between what they teach and industrial practices.
“This is based on the proven fact that there is a serious disconnect between what students learn in our universities and what is needed in the industry.
“To bridge the gap, we believe that we should first start by bridging the gap between the academia that carry the message and the industry,” he said.
Mr Vincent Nnadi, the guest lecturer at the event said the gap could not be bridged by building schools but empowering the lecturers.
He said the gap was caused by the curriculum being used by universities, adding that students and lectures were intelligent enough to meet the needs of the industry.
Nnadi said most of the curriculum was designed very long time ago without being changed in line with technological advancement and requirements.
Mr Matthew Edevbebie called on young engineers to focus more on professional competence and skills rather than pursuing money at the early days.
“My advice for young engineers of today is that they should focus more on how much knowledge they can acquire and less on how much money they can make from the beginning of their career,” he said.