Engineering infrastructures development and the local content value

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Afolabi, O.
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The Nigerian Society of Engineers
Infrastructure’s development must allow for adequate service and functional period because of the high financial commitments required, hence it should be a sustainable enterprise. Infrastructures are fundamental facilities and systems serving a country, city, or area,including the services and facilities necessary for its economy to function.It typically characterizes technical structures such as roads, bridges, tunnels, water supply, sewers, electrical grids, telecommunications, etc, and can also be defined as "the physical components of interrelated systems providing commodities and services essential to enable, sustain, or enhance societal living conditions.Sustainable development is an action plan, for achieving sustainability in any activity that uses resources and where immediate and inter-generational replication is demanded. Therefore, sustainable development is the organizing principle for sustaining finite resources necessary to provide for the needs of a communal society, It is a process that envisions a desirable future state for human societies in which living conditions and resource-use continue to meet human needs without undermining the integrity, stability and aesthetic of the natural systems. Local Content is a global science which involves the commitment of specialized engineering industry to build-on the capacity and capability of indigenous country (in-country) people and businesses in order to support a long term development of the emerging sector. This will creates positive social and economic impact and enhances good business environment for citizens, eg, by involving local companies in sub-contracting may reduce project completion time and allow for a viable and economical costs. Since, the choice of participations in engineering activities is an input dependency for a quality product, these makes it necessary for the enforcement of in-country participation, especially on the aspect of developing human capacity which can only be determined at the specific industry. Human capacity building is an essential aspect of an engineering process. Engineering trainings are classified as, crafting, technical, technologies, and engineers, each of these segments and individuals are engaged in one aspect or the other of the production process, and the learning process and exposure is continuous until perfection and expertise depending on the available opportunities within the industry. The element of local content when subjected to the law, makes it a requirement and this will allow indigenous person the opportunity to learn and acquired engineering skills through the process of employment and also, will enhance the active and adequateparticipation in sub-contracting work within a project.
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Infrastructure development , Human capital development , Mineral resources , Engineering , Law and regulations , Research Subject Categories::TECHNOLOGY::Civil engineering and architecture
Afolabi, O. (2015). Engineering infrastructures development and the local content value.