Engineer Wants Expert As Works Commissioner
Posted: 11/Sep/2017

As Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike is yet to assign offices to the newly sworn-in Commissioners, a civil engineer, Mr Geoffery Amadi  says a professional should be assigned the Commissoner for Works portfolio.

He made the suggestion while fielding questions from newsmen at the weekend in Port Harcourt.

Amadi said that such an office requires an experienced  person in the construction and building fields so as to  reduce  the incidence of building  collapse and delivery of sub-standard works.

The civil engineer maintained that experts are proud of their professions and would go extra mile in a quest to  protect their professional oaths and integrity.

He noted that non experts are not too mindful of the jobs given them, since it was not part of their training.

According to him, no one would blame any calamity on someone who was appointed beside his  profession   area of competency.

Using the office of the Attorney General/Commissioner of Justice as an example, he said that it would be difficult  to notice a major flaw since the office was handled by a core professional.

He said  that areas like construction and  building  ought to receive  similar  attention at least  to protect government’s and the public  interests.

The expert who regretted non involvement of experts in most building jobs in the state, said that the incident of building collapse may not end until experts are considered to critically make the necessary inputs in building projects.

Though, he praised the Governor’s wisdom in selection of his commissioners but maintained that only experts should be considered to handle some special areas in the state.

He also blamed his colleagues for not speaking out, saying it was about time they learn how to blow their trumpet themselves and project the image of their profession.

By: King Onunwor
The Tide