The second edition of the annual two day retreat for civil engineers in the Delta state ministry of works have been charged to reflect the knowledge gained during the retreat to put in their best and adhere strictly to professionalism which will go a long way to improve road development of the state.
The state commissioner for Works. Mr. James Augoye who gave the charge in Warri at the end of the two day training said engineering is the bedrock of the economic and social development of society adding that their foundation anchors all other forms of growth.
Mr. Augoye commended the engineers for participating actively in the two day program stressing that commitment is the key to success, adding that the Okowa administration would continue to support all initiatives such as this, emphasizing that the retreat is aimed at serving Deltans better.
The representative of the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr. Joshua Egube said regular training for the engineers was necessary so that infrastructural development in the state would take a new dimension.
The Permanent Secretary noted that the training was an avenue to share and acquire knowledge in order for officers take charge of different responsibilities whenever their superiors were unavailable.
The training featured an interactive session which was chaired by the Works Commissioner.
Some of the participants who spoke in an interview said they learnt a lot especially with regards to best practices in the civil engineering profession and promised to reflect the knowledge gained while carrying out their duties.
They commended the state government for making the training an annual event saying that the training had addressed some major challenges they faced in the field as well broadened their horizons.
Meanwhile, the Delta state commissioner for works, Mr. Augoye while delivering the retreat open, had disclosed that in the course of his routine visits to project sites he noted some lapses regarding the conduct of the engineers and thus aligned the training to cater for these lapses in order to keep the participants abreast with the trends of civil engineering profession.
He said it is pertinent that the engineers maintain ethical conduct in dealing with contractors stressing that they can diplomatically chip in corrections when necessary especially for the difficult ones.
The works commissioner stressed that it the responsibility of the engineers to also maintain cordial relationship with host communities and provide them with current correct information.
While reiterating the need for the engineers to submit written detailed progress reports of the projects they supervise to him, Mr. Augoye noted that the Okowa administration is poised to deliver sustainable infrastructural development to all deltans.
The works commissioner further listed three categories of field engineers that have distinguished themselves in the ministry, which include the best female field engineer, Engr. Komboye Enibe, best male field engineer, Engr Eric Chukwu and the overall best field engineer, Engr. Bob Nakpodia.
For his part, the acting permanent secretary of the ministry, Engr. Joshua Egube encouraged the participants to open their hearts and learn stressing that the retreat is an opportunity for them to refresh their memory as well as learn new things.
Engr. Egube said the knowledge gained from the training would go a long way to broaden their horizons and the quality of projects under their supervision.