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Think Outside The Box To Deliver Economic Prosperity, End Environmental Degradation- Adokiye Charges Engineers

The immediate past Executive Vice President, Upstream, Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, Engr. Adokiye Tombomieye, has said that engineers are crucial to achieving economic prosperity and climate goals.

However, the former EVC said that Nigerian engineers need to be creative to ensure national development and environmental sustainability.

Tombomieye said these on Thursday in his keynote address at the opening ceremony programme for the 2024 Faculty of Engineering Conference, Rivers State University.

The theme of the conference was, ‘Engineering Practice for National Economic Development and Environmental Sustainability.’

The former EVC said the challenges of rapid urbanization, climate change, and resource scarcity demand a revaluation of engineering practices.

He said, “As engineers, we have a responsibility to design and implement solutions that promote inclusive growth, enhance quality of life and preserve the natural heritage of our planet.

“Moreso, environmental sustainability must be at the forefront of our engineering endeavors. The degradation of our ecosystems, the depletion of natural resources and looming threat of climate change are stark reminders of the urgent need for sustainable development.

“We must adopt a circular economic approach where resources are used efficiently, waste is minimized and ecosystems are regenerated. From renewable energy systems to green infrastructure, bour engineering solutions must prioritize environmental sustainability at every stage of the project lifecycle.”

Tombomieye said engineering practice in Nigeria has evolved over time following local content laws

He said, “Today, following deliberate national policies (e.g. local content) significant number of Nigerian engineers are involved in national flagship engineering projects. Some are involved as engineering entrepreneurs. I want young engineers here to know that there are opportunities out there for you to add to our national development.

“However, achieving national development and environmental sustainability through engineering practice is not without its challenges. We must confront the entrenched interests that prioritize short term gains over long -term sustainability.”

He urged engineers to overcome the inertia of outdated policies and practices that perpetuate environmental degradation and social inequity.

“We must bridge the gap between developed and developing nations ensuring that all countries have access to the knowledge, technology and resources needed to pursue sustainable development,” he added.

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