On Saturday, the Ikeja chapter of the Nigerian Society of Engineers called for public support to equip its new engineering centre to close the innovation gap to boost manufacturing in the country.

The call was made by Femi Adedotun, Ikeja Chapter President, NSE, during a presentation titled “Innovation and Entrepreneurship: A Necessity for Sustainable Economic Development” at the inauguration of the Ralph Arabi Engineering Centre in Lagos.

Adedotun said the branch’s three-story innovation center, called the “Rauf Aregbesola Resource Center,” located next to the Ralp Alabi Engineering Center, is a place where ideas, training, design and manufacturing are nurtured.

He added: “The RAERC floor is earmarked for collaboration to sustain innovation, research incubation and entrepreneurship. We need sponsors to modernise the building and we look forward to your support and advice to make this a reality.

“Tripartite relationships and strong innovation policy guidance will correct weak interactions within the ecosystem, low coordination between government, industry and academia; insufficient coordination within government; and low interaction among businesses. This will also encourage academia, Synergy between industry and engineers to boost local manufacturing.”

The current president enlists the support of all club members and pledges to build on his predecessor’s legacy with a 10-year roadmap for growth.

Guest speaker Dr. Ezekiel Oseni, Chief Risk Officer, Industrial Bank, noted that innovation and entrepreneurship have changed the way businesses and services are delivered in terms of delivery.

Ossene listed recent challenges, including COVID-19, which has introduced new ways for businesses and services to be conducted or delivered, necessitating increased local production.

“We need to be innovative in the way we design and run our business. Engineering firms as solution providers must also adopt environmental policies to mitigate the effects of climate change,” he said.

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