The Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Made in Nigeria Car: FG urged to create enabling environment for creative design engineers

THE Federal government has been urged to create an enabling environment for creative design engineers to come up with new products, new concepts and innovative ideas that can contribute to Nigeria’s industrialization goal.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of a one-week CAD training and development of Design Concept for Kwara state youths, organised by the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers and sponsored by the state commissioner for Works and Transportation, Engineer Sulaiman Rotimi in Ilorin at the weekend, the
national chairman of the institute, Mrs Funmilade Akingbagbohu, said that design engineers have a lot to do with safety and cost-effective products.

Mrs. Akingbagbohu noted that design engineers identify complex design problems, conduct root-cause failure analyses and anticipate production issues, saying that they also develop innovative design solutions, evaluate options, conduct tests, and implement solutions to meet timing, product cost and reliability targets.

“Engineering is a practical course. The demand for engineers comes with a demand for their ability to showcase their potential. Many young engineers have graduated but do not have the skill or experience to compete in a system where experience is becoming the reason for their inability to break through.

“I am using this moment to implore Kwara state government and parastatals to begin to give more young engineers opportunity to have internship at the specialist MDAs and partnering private sectors.

“Such internship can open a window of opportunities for many young engineers of Kwara origin to acquire experience. The best performers among them can be retained to motivate future participants. The economic impact of such approach to youth development is immeasurable.