*Nigerian engineers have come of age
President of the Nigeria Society of Engineers, Otis Oliver Anyaeji, has urged the Federal Government to consider banning the use of plastic bags in the country due to its non environmental friendliness and the damage it causes to human health.
Anyaeji was speaking as guest at the annual dinner/Diamond Award and fellowship conferment by the Institute of Polymer Engineers (IPE) in Abuja on Friday.
He said, “if Kenya can identify and appropriately ban the use of plastic bags in their country, we need to borrow a leaf therefrom. Nigeria is too big both in size and human resource to appreciate these issues. Plastic bags are non degradable and very unfriendly to the environment. We don’t need it.
“Imagine the quantum of plastic bags that we use on a daily basis as a nation. There is an urgent need to ban these product in the country.
Anyaeji used the opportunity to also thank the Federal Government for realising that foreign engineers cannot solve Nigerian problems like Nigerian engineers. The patronage of Nigerian engineers has increasingly improved and we hope we can sustain the tempo.
“Let me tell you in this gathering, the Nigerian engineering system has matured. We have the capacity to efficiently and effectively tackle every engineering problems of the nation.
In her speech, the President of the Institute of Polymer Engineers, Dr (Mrs) Edith Ishidi averred that, “one of the major challenges in many cities in Nigeria and indeed, Africa, is plastic wastes pollution. The menace of solid wastes has become a big threat to human life. We have the manpower and technical know how to reclaim the wastes and convert them into feed stock for the manufacturing sector. The used and reclaimed characteristics of polymer at a minimal cost is also part of the beauty of plastic materials.”
Governor Shettima could not make the ceremony due to state schedules. He was represented by Senator Ali Ndume.
Six prominent engineers were inducted into the Fellowship class of the Institute of Polymer Engineers in Abuja on Friday at a colourful ceremony wherein the Borno state governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima and Engineer Ibrahim Khaleel Inuwa got the Diamond Awards.
They are Prof Mohammed Dabo, Prof I. C. Madufor, Dr J. T. Nwabanne, Dr. C. U. Atuanya, Engineer Kabiru Wanori and Engineer Babagana Taha.
Engineer Martha Kwaghdoo Anderson delivered the dinner lecture.