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GEORGE CHUKWULEWA OKOROMA is the President, Association for Consulting Engineering in Nigeria (ACEN). The engineer, who is at the helm of affairs at GAMBETA GROUPE LIMITED in this interview with Bertram Nwannekanma, spoke on the challenges of engineering profession in Nigeria among other issues.
The novel coronavirus has not left a single industry untouched. One of the sectors that have been impacted severely is the engineering sector. The impact has been felt at all layers of the sector starting from the halting of all ongoing construction projects to the closure of engineering businesses.
The surge of COVID-19 poses a huge negative economic impact on us. Currently, some engineering firms are downsizing to stay afloat and many are completely closed till further notice.
There is no large-scale engineering construction project going on in the country at the moment that requires consultancy services.
Most of the projects that are currently ongoing are support services geared towards helping the government in setting up isolation and testing centers for COVID-19. Although we have written to the Federal Government of Nigeria volunteering some of our members to support the fight on COVID-19 pandemic on pro bono bases, we look forward to opportunities and privileges where we can serve our skills and competencies as Consulting Engineers in helping in the fight against this global health emergency.
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