A former Managing Director of the Bank of Industry (BoI), Dr. Evelyn Oputu, has rebuked Nigerian engineers for allegedly condoning acts of corruption within their ranks.
She alleged that a lot of illegal transactions were being done through the engineering profession.
Oputu, who was a guest speaker at the recent 2018 civil engineering conference of the Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers, Abuja Chapter, stated that most times, engineers in the country tend to help people steal monies from construction projects they engage in.
According to Oputu, Nigerians engineers have not really and truly employed their creativity and brilliance to advance the country’s economy.
“They say Nigeria is corrupt, but I tell them that no, it was imported here. I cannot be corrupt without my permission. Nobody can make me do it without my permission, but you need to be like that,” said Oputu, while insisting that she could not bring her thoughts around the fact that the brilliance and creativity of the engineering profession has not benefited Nigeria.
To minimise the level of corruption within the engineering profession, Oputu, urged engineers in the country to team up and form cooperative alliances that could bid for top infrastructure jobs within the country, and else where. She added that with such initiatives, engineers could raise financial capital to undertake huge projects while leveraging their capacities.
Additionally, she asked older engineers in the country to be open minded about new developments in the profession, and also give younger generations the chance to take up responsibilities.