Engineering Cadres and Synergy Challenges in Nigeria: A Perspective

Adewuyi Philip Adesola


Engineering family is such a scientific field that has to work as a unit without progress and development suffers in any society. Each engineering family cadre rests on the other to form a synergy upon which transformational strength is dependent as experienced in developed countries. However, in Nigeria there are myriads of challenges facing engineering profession, especially technical and vocational training institutions and their public acceptability, ranging from governmental to societal challenges thereby limiting its growth and development. In this work, the root challenges that confront engineering profession in terms of cadre structure imbalance are analyzed. The trend in terms of educational training mostly desired by individuals and the relative causes and effects are also reviewed. Overall, impact of these challenges on the society are x-rayed in terms of infrastructural and technological development, indigenous engineering professionals’ availability, and cadre structure imbalance. Solutions as to ways of correcting these identified anomalies, in order to bring about healthy and functional relationship among engineering cadres in Nigeria for the general development of the country are suggested in this work.


craftsmen; dichotomy; engineers; artisans; technologists; technical; vocational

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