By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Fearing that the controversial NNPC contract scam issue may be raised to climax, Group Managing Director, GMD, of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Maikanti Baru, dribbled journalists waiting to interview him after his conferment with fellowship award of the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers (NiMechE) at Kaduna Polytechnic, in Kaduna state.
In his acceptance speech on Thursday, the Corporation’s GMD described the Engineering Profession as the “pivotal to human development,” saying that engineering has afforded Nigeria the foundation for industrialization and growth in both developing and advanced economies.
“It is instructive to know that in the nation’s quest to diversify the economy, the Mechanical Engineers are expected to play a major role in the nearby future,” Baru said.
Baru, during his conferment with the ‘NiMechE’ fellowship award at the Kaduna Polytechnic, said that the theme of the Conference/AGM ‘Mechanical Engineering in the Diversification of the Nigerian Economy’ is indeed apt, considering the efforts of the Federal Government to shift focus from reliance on oil.
He lauded the Engineering Profession of its immense help to the provision of necessary tools and equipment for agriculture, especially in the area of harrowing, weeding, harvesting and storing agricultural products.
“The modern-day poultry system also provides an opportunity for Mechanical Engineers to design and further improve the caging system, the feed processing and hatching machines that are more reliable and affordable to the teeming farmers across the country.
“Another area of interest is the Renewable Energy where the engineers could venture in to provision of ethanol to compete with the fossil oil as fuel for our vehicles in ensuring a cleaner and safer environment,” he explained.
Speaking further, Baru also said that Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mechanical Engineers are at the forefront of innovation, design, construction, operations and maintenance of the Nigerian critical equipment spanning along the oil and gas value chain.
“As a Corporation, we will not relent in our quest to continue to forge viable partnerships with professional bodies such as the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers to enable us deliver on our mandate and move the nation’s economy forward,” the Group Managing Director assured.