President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) has said that Federal Government has noted that the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) conferences over the years have become tools of advocacies which are carefully tailored towards improvement of the socio-economic wellbeing of our nation.
The President who was represented by the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr.(Sen.) Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora said this at the opening ceremony of the National Engineering Conference, Exhibition and Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, recently in Abuja.
The Theme for the 2022 National Engineering Conference, “Advancing the Frontiers of Communication and Digital Economy in Nigeria” which he said, bears a great testimony to the potency of NSE Conference in drawing attention to the critical aspect of the cooperate existence of the nation.
President Buhari also said that the theme of the conference reflects the yearning of the Federal Government drive towards digitalizing and diversifying the country’s economy, using modern technology, and ensuring that Nigeria ranks amongst the most advanced in the world, in communication sector.
He added that Nigerian digital economy is the fastest growing sector in the nation’s economy, and the only sector that grows by double digits at the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic despite economic devastation caused by the pandemic.
President Buhari further stated that Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product(GDP) in the last 3years has been phenomenal and unprecedented, specifically the Information, Communication and Technology ICT sectors contribution to the GDP which were 14.07% in quarter one 2020, 17.92% in quarter 2, 2021 and 18.44% in quarter 2, 2022.
According the President, the sector developed 19 National Policy, all of which are in various implementation and have facilitated the quantum leap recorded by the sector.
The President further said that his administration is working towards delivering better governance at a reduced cost to Nigerians, leveraging digital technologies in all sectors and all government engagements.
To this end, he added that Federal Government Partnership with Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), through Federal Ministry of Communications and digital economy will strengthen the relationship between government and other sectors of the economy.
He maintained that his administration will continue to engage Professional Engineers to achieve sustainable social and economic development in the country.
Earlier, the Director-General of National Identity Management Commission, Aliyu Abubakar Aziz who represented the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy Prof. Isa Ali Pantami stated that the NSE has a key role to play in advisory policy and strategy in the promotion and provision of critical engineering infrastructure for accelerated urban and rural development.
He lamented that the current gap in the infrastructure development in the nation is a major trait to our economic development and growth.
Atuora Obed O.
DD(P & PR)
21st November, 2022