The Kano State Branch of Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) says it has donated food items and clothes to the orphanage home at Tudun Maliki in Kumbotso Local Government area of the state.
The NSE Chairman in Kano, Mr Rabiu Haruna, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Friday.
He said the gesture was part of the activities of the society’s Engineering Week.
“Recently, we donated food items and clothes to the orphanage for the second time at Tudun Maliki through our spouses who visited the orphans.
“Also, apart from our plans for the fund raising for North East Internationally Displaced Persons (IDPs), our families will visit prisons on Saturday and hospitals on Sunday.”
Haruna said the activities of the Engineering Week commenced on Monday with a lecture on the theme: ‘Role of Engineers in Agricultural Transformation’, aimed at rubbing minds on the agriculture and water supply challenges with a view to finding the ways out.
He expressed concern on the low number of registered engineers in the country.
“It is worrisome that Nigeria with over 170 million population, but only 50,000 engineers are registered which means that Nigeria is still far behind the needed dimension.
“Those unregistered and quacks obviously filled in the gap which posed great challenge to engineering practice and profession with respect to performance best value or quality of service.”
Haruna said that the NSE in Kano had participated actively in several stakeholders’ fora and discussions on “issues and justifications” concerning the community and humanity in education, infrastructure and agriculture.
He said the decision to embark on the celebration of the week was to ensure that every Nigerian trained engineer lived up to the expectation and earned the deserved respect.
According to him, the Kano branch is also looking at ways to facilitate urban renewal by controlling slumps through collaboration with the state authorities.
Haruna said that the NSE would also collaborate in providing affordable engineering designs and drawings for all and to the authorities to review the current state development control regulations.