The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has charged engineers on innovative solutions for job creation to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy.
A former NSE Ikeja Branch Chairman, Mr Kunle Adebajo, who made the call on Thursday at a webinar in Lagos, said job creation, especially for the youth, would mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on their welfare.
Speaking on the topic, “Leading Engineering Innovation in the 21st Century: Role of Professional Associations’’, Adebajo urged engineering bodies to create platforms that would drive new inventions.
He said Nigeria was a fertile market for engineers to come up with inventions to solve the various societal problems capable of creating mass employment in the nation and advised young engineers to grow beyond seeking for jobs to job creators.
Adebajo said they were equipped with necessary skills to create solutions that would make them employers of labour instead of job seekers.
He said that new technologies offered massive opportunities for local engineers to quickly solve problems in the various sectors of the country.
“The NSE should be creating platforms for fostering innovations. We should make it a priority. If we are not pursuing digital transformation, we have missed the boat.
“We need to lead innovation, we are in a COVID-19 ravished state but we are lucky not to be badly hit. We need to be more innovative to find a way to be ahead.
“The challenges and opportunities therein are numerous. There are so many opportunities in a fertile land like Nigeria. We need to be more innovative to find a way to be ahead. Even an existing task if done in a new way is an innovation,’’ he said. (NAN)