The President has challenged Nigerian engineers to come up with ways to end the blowing up of oil pipelines in the Niger Delta.
According to President Muhammadu Buhari, those blowing up oil pipelines in the region, are not ordinary Nigerians, but people with engineering expertise.
The President made this remark after his investiture as the Grand Patron of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said that well-trained and highly experienced engineers contributed immensely to the infrastructural development of the country, as both military and civilian administrations over the years depended on Nigerian engineers for designs and constructions across the country.
The President noted that local engineers contributed more than 90% to the design and realization of two refineries, 2,500 pipelines and 20 depots in the country during his tenure as minister of petroleum in the mid-1970s.
He added that the success of the Petroleum Trust Fund was largely hinged on their skills.
Therefore, they remain indispensable in the maintenance of these facilities and his administration will heavily utilize talents and skills of local engineers to rebuild ailing infrastructure across the country.