The Managing Director of Ibom Power Company Limited has charged engineers in Nigeria to uphold ethics of the profession. He spoke at the Engineering Week of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) Ikot Abasi branch tagged “Infrastructure Decay: A case study of Akwa Ibom State”.
Dr. Udo said, “Engineers ought to be at the vanguard of infrastructure development and management for sustainable development”.
‘Engineers need to be involved in the technical, financial and public policy aspects of infrastructure development because if engineers concentrate only on the technical aspect, neglecting the other two, the problem of infrastructure decay will persist’ he said.
The MD urged engineers to shun the use of substandard materials for infrastructure projects stating that infrastructure decay can be minimized if there is core competency development with private sector involvement”.
According to him, “Core competency development includes public policy analysis, financial acumen and the technical aspects of infrastructure development while private sector involvement can be either through Build Own and Transfer (BOT) or Build Own and Operate (BOO)”.
The MD concluded that “to curb the problem of infrastructure decay there must be improved management and maintenance culture for sustainable development”.