The Federal Government has promised to expose Nigerian scientists and engineers to relevant large-scale scientific and engineering projects that will ensure long-term local contents development.
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu made this known at a workshop organised by Nigerian Society of Nigeria ( NSC ) in Abuja on Today. According to Onu, exposing Nigerian engineers to relevant scientist and engineering projects will increase job opportunities for Nigerian scientists and engineers as well as strengthen national self-reliance.
He said that the government would fast-track infrastructural development course by fully encouraging Nigerian engineering firms to be the arrowhead of such developmental effort.
Onu also expressed optimism that such development would positively affect fiscal activities such as relieving seemingly futile reactionary regulatory efforts on Nigeria currency foreign exchange values.
The President of Nigerian Society of Engineers, Mr Oliver Anyaeji, said that the awards of projects to foreign companies would neither help in effectively empowering local firms nor lead to the attainment of respective installed capacities.
Anyaeji said that the workshop aimed to explore effect of Federal Executive Council ( FEC ) guidelines for planning and execution of projects, programmes and contracts with science, engineering and technology components.