Aeronautic engineers have been told to brace up for greater challenges ahead as the engineering profession should bring out its best during economic downturn by sustaining the critical aviation infrastructure with minimal resources.
The president of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (Aeronautical Division), Engr. Bola Bido said the call became necessary as a result of the present dwindling economic activities in the country.
Bido challenged engineers in the aviation sector not to rest on their oars as there was a great task of transforming the sector through ingenuity, adding that the era of analogue was over as every sector has been digitilised.
Engr. Bido who decried the high rate of ageing workforce in the aviation sector, said it remained a source of worry to the association and stakeholders and appealed to various state government across the country to embark on the training of aeronautical engineers in aviation colleges to replace the old ones.
He reiterated his call on the need to imbibe maintenance culture as a norm, adding that lack of maintenance culture has been attributed as reason responsible for the fold-up of some companies in the country.
Bido urged engineers to continue to play leading roles in all agencies in the aviation sector as the industry was being driven by technology manned by engineers.
He cautioned that no technical issues should be allowed to affect safety in any form notwithstanding the challenges in the system.