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Ayade offers automatic employment to every civil engineer of Cross River origin



Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade has offered automatic employment to all graduates of civil engineering from the state,  irrespective of their year of graduation.

The Governor made the pronouncement while receiving the National Chairman, Institution of Civil Engineers, Engr. Andem Ekpo-Bassey along side members of the organizing committee of the 16th Annual General Meeting of the association.

Ayade further directed the affected persons to immediately submit their curriculum vitae (CV) at the Civil Service Commission, New Secretariat for schedule of interview.

Governor Ayade who was also inducted as an Honorary Fellow of the institution by the National Chairman lamented the ill treatments members of the institution have received in Nigeria, noting that civil engineering plays a very cardinal role in the progress of mankind and as such,  must be treated with dignity and given the opportunity to contribute their quarters to the development of the nation.

“I like to challenge you to the fact that today, for us who hold political offices and have instrumentality of awards of contracts, the Nigerian government and Nigerian governors  have been a bit unfair to the Nigerian Institution  of Civil  Engineers  because traditionally that is the umbrella beacon of engineering practices in Nigeria.”

He consequently offered “automatic employment to every civil engineer of Cross River State origin because we would need thousands of you to be engaged in the construction of the 275 kilometers superhighway and Bakassi Deep Seaport projects.”

Continuing, he said: “I have done so, conscious of the financial implication on my shoulders but I am also aware that this is the right way of encouraging young Cross Riverians who have made a choice of such a very difficult discipline to study.

“It is true that if you look at the academic pursuits of our state indigenes,  there are mostly from humanities. So, for the few of them who have dared to do engineering and civil in particular we must encourage them.”

While stressing the importance of civil engineers in any society, the governor said “the world is going towards the fourth generation of industrial revolution and Africa is still lagging behind. There is no growth, no development, no civilization without infrastructure, and there is no infrastructure without civil engineering which is why you are very critical in any nation that aspires to grow.

“Civil engineers are the heartbeat of development. Africa is looked upon as a black continent not for lack of power but for lack of infrastructure, power is only one aspect. For all major project whether awarded to expatriate firms or local firms, it’s the responsibility of this institution to supervise and ensure there is also skill and knowledge transfer during the course of executing such projects.”

You must push for legislation through the National Assembly that brings you to the table where issues of civil engineering and infrastructure are concerned.”

Earlier, the Chairman AGM planning committee of the Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers, Engr. Godwin Akeke, disclosed that the AGM was coming to Calabar for the first time which also coincided with the fact that it’s the first time Cross River State had produced a National Chairman in the person of Chief Engr. Andem Ekpo Bassey.

He has graciously attracted the conference to be hosted in the state for the first time, 30 years after the existence of the institution.

Justifying the host right further the chairman noted that “Cross River State is the state with the most ambitious infrastructural projects,  therefore we are not surprised that this conference is coming up here coupled with the fact that our international colleagues have also sent

in their commendation to His Excellency’s visionary projects like the deep seaport and the 275 kilometers superhighway and pledged their total support to the success of the administration.

Also speaking, the National Chairman, Chief Andem Ekpo Bassey who performed the induction on Governor Ayade as Honorary Fellow, of the Institution of Civil Engineers of Nigeria in recognition of his outstanding leadership style and massive infrastructural development that will employ many engineers, thanked the state for being a good host to the institution and promised to partner the state whenever they are call upon to offer their professional advice.


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