The Lead Pastor, The Citizens Church (TCC), Abuja, Pastor Peter Balogun, on Sunday urged architects, engineers and other stakeholders to uphold standard in carrying out their duties to curb incessant building collapse.
Balogun made the call at a Special Thanksgiving Service organised by the church to appreciate architects, scientists, technicians and engineers in Abuja.
According to him, engineering is the foundation for every development, so, the call not to neglect the standard of their profession is necessitated by the fact that a lot of lives depend on the profession.
“As an engineer myself, I know that in the course of our training, one of the things we were trained on was safety first, so we have standard procedures for everything to ensure safety.
“Though sometimes, the weakness in the economy makes people to look for shortcuts; but I will advise them not to do anything against the standard procedure, considering safety of lives and property.
“You should not comprise standard of whatever you do because engineering is actually a dangerous place to compromise standard procedures for doing things,’’ he said.
Balogun urged the government to always use local engineers to
handle it projects and not allow foreigners dominate the economy to ensure that indigenous engineers thrive.
He said the church decided to celebrate those in the sector today in order to acknowledge them for their contribution to the development of the economy.
In his sermon titled “fearfully and wonderfully made’’ he acknowledged God as the master engineer, who made all things and man without a mistake.
Balogun, who read from Psalm 139 verse 13 to 15 admonished the congregation to always give thanks to God in all things most especially because they were made in God’s image.
He advised members to be satisfied with their looks and not to complain to be too short, tall, fat or slim because they were made in the image of God and there were no mistakes.
An engineer in the church, Mr Adamu Steven, while teaching on safety tips, said disasters happen due to unsafe practices and people taking safety for granted.
Steven advised members to always look for exit routes in every building they found themselves, saying that trying to obey simple safety rules like not overloading appliances or allow naked electric wires.
He urged them to always have fire extinguishers in the house, saying “safety is as simple as ABC, meaning Always Be Careful’’.
Mr Olusegun Runsewe, the Director-General National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), stressed the need to give thanks to God in everything, adding that the thanksgiving service was an appreciation for God’s grace.
Runsewe urged engineers, scientists and architects not be in a hurry to carry out projects but to be careful in their work because of the massive influence on people.
He said that engineers and scientists were partners in building a new Nigeria so they were expected to do their best by avoiding mistakes in the interest and safety of all.