Gidari-Wudil lamented the decline in Nigeria’s technological advancement and non-oil export performance, pointing out the disappearance of key industries such as textile, coal, and rubber plantations. He attributed this trend to hostile government policies and highlighted the closure of several international conglomerates that previously contributed to the country’s manufacturing sector.
Highlighting the plight of the Ajaokuta Steel Manufacturing Company, which remains non-operational despite significant investment, Gidari-Wudil stressed the urgency of involving engineers in addressing challenges within the manufacturing and infrastructure sectors.
Furthermore, Gidari-Wudil hinted at the NSE’s forthcoming stance on concrete technology and announced the participation of notable dignitaries at the society’s annual national engineering conference and general meeting. The event will feature President Bola Tinubu as the Distinguished Guest of Honour, as well as the Vice President, Sen. Kashim Shettima, who will receive an Honorary Fellowship award from the Society. Other expected attendees include various government ministers.