A Chartered Engineer, Mr Chinedu Okechukwu, has called on the Federal Government to begin to engage indigenous professionals in its many building projects.
Okechukwu stated this recently in an interview with Homes and Property Guide, adding that government’s continued exclusion of local professionals from projects like construction of roads, bridges and dams was not only detrimental but a barrier to the growth of the building sector.
He lamented a situation where what he termed ‘so-called foreign professionals’ who were merely technicians in their countries of origin come here to lord it over their more experienced local professionals, stressing that, that ugly trend should be discountenanced.
He also charged the Federal Government to give local professionals the opportunity to showcase their expertise and competence by allowing them to handle massive construction works in the country, explaining that over the years, many indigenous professionals had come of age in their various fields of endeavour. However, he advised that if the government had reservations in terms of the competence of some local professionals, that such persons should be given the opportunity to understudy their foreign counterparts working in Nigeria.