“We Must Produce ‘Enginpreneurs’”, Obasanjo

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo at the event

Ayo Ajayi

Nigeria’s former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has charged African Engineers to produce what he called ‘Enginpreneurs’ in order to develop African economy.

Obasanjo spoke, Tuesday, on “Engineering for Socio-Economic Development of Africa,” at the 3rd African Engineering Deans Council (AEDC) Summit, taking place at Covenant University, Ota.

The former president, who was the Keynote Speaker at the event called on participants to ensure that African universities produce Engineers that could be self-employed. “In many parts of Africa, young engineers have not been trained for specific roles in the industry. We have to teach them to convert the technical knowledge acquired into useful artefacts that are needed in the industry, and to learn also how to transform manufactured products into viable business ventures,” he advised.

Obasanjo also advised the participants to work towards industry/academia collaboration, energy sufficiency and sustainability, engineering training for global competitiveness, efficient healthcare delivery, sustainable water and sanitation engineering as well as creating gender balance in engineering education.

 

 

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