The Federal Government has urged engineers to demonstrate a high sense of professionalism in the task of leading the drive for positive turnaround of the nation’s infrastructure base.
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, reiterated government’s position while speaking with newsmen on the sidelines of his assessment tour of roads in the North Central Zone.
Fashola, who said engineers often faced the onerous task of leading the campaign for renewal of the national infrastructure, stressed the need for them to effectively contribute to its improvement.
He challenged the engineers to come up with creative resources in order to help expand the Nigerian economy.
“More importantly, this is a time for professionalism; all of our engineers must stand up to be counted now.
“We need an urgent and emergent action to restore our road network.
“If we put the infrastructure in place, Nigeria is an amazing place to be. But the infrastructure is not there.
“So, this is the time when our engineers must stand up to be counted.
“They must show the height and the quality of their professionalism now; we have an emergency on our hands.
“When we had security emergencies, the soldiers and the military and the security had stood up to do professional work; when we had health emergencies, the health officers had stood up to work.
“This is the time that professionals in the building industry must put on their thinking cap. There is serious work to be done here,” he said.
Fashola urged Nigerians to celebrate quality and performance rather than focus on institutions because according to him, an organisation was only as good as the head.
He attributed the failure of many important national institutions to the inability of some policy makers and decision makers to understand issues.
“Successful organisations or institutions are defined by the quality of men and women who manage them.
“It is the passion, dedication and the professionalism of those who have managed them. That is the bottom line. It may not even need to have a name.
“So, when institutions have done well it is because great men and women have done great things.
“I hope that as Nigerians we can just understand that we can change this and we can do this if we truly believe.
“You can have a profitable and successful organisation run by an incompetent person and he would still run it aground,” he said.
The minister called on all Nigerians to serve as turnaround managers who are committed to the nation’s rejuvenation. (NAN)