A REMARK BY H.E. DR. OGBONNAYA ONU AS SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOUR, ON THE OCCASION OF 2015 NIGERIAN ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY DINNER LECTURE TITLED: “THE NIGERIA POWER SECTOR REFORM: PROGRESS, STATUS, ISSUES AND OUTLOOK” ON JUNE 10, 2015, AT FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON, ONIRU ESTATE, LAGOS.

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I am delighted to be invited as Special Guest of Honour of this very important event. For me, this is like home coming considering the warm relationship that has existed and flourished between me and this reputable Academy. I will continue to cherish this warm relationship especially considering our shared commitment to the growth of the engineering profession and more importantly, the invaluable role our profession has continued to play in the development of our nation.

Today’s occasion is important. It is also symbolic. I say so because as a nation, we find ourselves at a crossroad as we begin the process of fashioning a new road map for a new nation. As you already know, our nation has made history such that for the first time, an opposition political party has defeated a ruling party to elect a new President. This historic development demands that we resolve to do all we can as citizens and professionals to deploy our abundant human resource to ensure that the new administration succeeds

As a body made up of highly skilled professionals, I am confident that you would avail the Administration the benefit of your expertise in order to strengthen standards and ensure that as we embark on massive infrastructural renewal programmes, your contributions and commitment will become invaluable assets that will leave behind enduring legacies that would stand the test of time.

Let me say it loud and clear in this historic City of Lagos that the new Nigeria which the APC led Buhari Administration envisages needs you. I call on you to give your best to your country. Only the best is good for Nigeria. We need your creative genius. We need your rich intellect. We need your rich experience so that together, we can work as members of one family in the challenge of building a new Nigeria where though tribe, tongue and creed may differ, yet in brotherhood we shall continue to stand.

Nigeria cannot develop at the pace she should if we do not place emphasis on technology. The engineering profession has an important role to ensure that we achieve this. I believe that by placing emphasis on technology, we can fast track our development process to create new jobs, rebuild our economy and achieve efficiency in our public institutions. Also the civil service which is needed to function efficiently in any Government will be further strengthened to enable it provide the necessary support which government needs to execute and implement policies for the good of our people. Even our electoral process will be made more transparent and credible, so as to strengthen our democracy for the good of our nation. The recent use of card readers in the last general election is a clear testimony of how the use of technology can strengthen the power of the voter to determine who governs him in the country.

Finally, ladies and gentlemen, I believe that Nigeria is destined for greatness as a united, peaceful and prosperous nation. I believe that with the support and commitment of people like you, Nigeria will rise again to lead the way in our search for a new African civilization. The best for our country is yet to come.

God bless the Nigerian Academy of Engineering. God bless Nigeria.

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