Many a time, we find people complaining bitterly about the neglect of the government in developing their communities. Funny enough, it’s even more pathetic when even engineers also cry “foul! Foul!” when they are skilled to turn their environment around for good. But come to think of it:”who is the government?”, “who and who are the beneficiaries of these infrastructures when functional?”
There is no one individual called “government”. You and I make up what is called the government. Yes, don’t try to remind me of those that are constitutionally voted into power to serve – that is only a nomenclature, you and I suffer the consequences of neglect of these facilities. So, what do we do? We need to start taking care of what we can in our immediate environment.
The “government” is not a faceless creature. He is that man or woman living next door to you and so will also come to appreciate whatsoever we do in our respective communities. As engineers, we should begin to make a statement in our various environments, to enhance the living standard of the communities we live in. It is in so doing that the people around us will come to know who we are and listen to our suggestions and advice. That deliberate sacrifice to save a dying community is all we need to attract government attention to the plight of the Nigerian Engineer.
The theory of sowing and reaping is fundamental in every human endeavour. If we don’t give to our communities as engineers, we should not expect the communities to give back to us. What do most Nigerian communities want and what does the Nigerian engineer want?
The needs of the Nigerian engineer include the following:
Let us also x-ray the needs of many Nigerian Communities:
Now, if the engineers in the various communities come together, under the direction of the host branch of NSE, to clean the drainage on a particular Saturday, that goes a long way in solving the following issues for the community:
You can imagine the multiple effects on our society if we also embark on other community activities. Our works will bring us closer to the people and so when we talk, they will listen. When we cry, they will rush to provide succour. Once again, That deliberate sacrifice to save a dying community is all we need to attract government attention to the plight of the Nigerian Engineer, but first, we need to do something in that very community where we live, no matter how small. You can start something today!