Thursday, August 16, 2018


“In the plan of God for you as a child of destiny, both those who loves you and those who hates you have a part to play in bringing about the fulfilment of your destiny”
– Pastor E. A. Adeboye,G.O. RCCG Open Heaven, Dec 23rd 2015

By rule of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, you can only become President after serving as a Chairman of a Branch. And you must have served as Vice President of NSE for certain number of times. But what will you do if you run for election as Vice President and having never served as a Chairman of a Branch and you came distant 4th thus missing out in top three required to occupy the posts of the Vice President of NSE as the Society only need three? Many would have given up and probably went back to start all over but providence had another plan.

One of the top three Vice Presidents went for further study aboard and the then “best loser” was upgraded to become the Vice President. Years down the lane, he was not only to become the president but also achieved many Firsts, leaving behind legacies in the Nigerian Engineering cycle that is etched in memories. I welcome you to the world Engr Ademola Isaac Olorunfemi, the first “Minority” President of NSE! Minority, because up till that moment, the big Three in engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Civil) have dominated the leadership of NSE. He is an Agricultural Engineer. He is also the first Active academician to serve as the president of the NSE.

As the Akure Branch of NSE is all but set to Honour Engr Ademola Isaac Olorunfemi, at an event which is billed to attract two State Governors, with the renown, lawyer and Educationist and Elder statesman, Aare Afe Babalola as the Distinguished Speaker, MyEngineers deems it fit to honour this illustrious son of the Ondo who has contributed immensely into engineering over the years by showcasing the real man, Engr Ademola Isaac Olorunfemi, FNSE, FNIM- who fits into our concept of TOTAL ENGINEER.

When I first met this easygoing Engineer, I was a young graduate serving the NSE Ikeja Branch as its first Graduates/Students Coordinator. In those days, I had so many ideas and I called so many to look up to as a guide. He was one of those who lend his listening ears and even provided occasional guide. Never tiring of seeing you around and always ready to listen; I learned my first lesson in corporate world that you are never busy, you only prioritise. And when someone gives you his time, it is not because they don’t have other things to do, it is because they believe in you and trust you with that moment of their time. Make them appreciate spending it and make them proud.

Over the years, the Nigerian Engineering community have been richly endowed with exceptional leaders who led the Association and left indelible impacts in the sand of time. Perhaps due to the huge challenges facing the engineering in the country, or the over-politicisation of the governance by politicians, or due low publicity of their efforts beyond the engineering circles, the general public and indeed, many engineers have not been paying attention to the many silent, yet amazing works and sacrifices these professionals have been doing or accomplished.
We therefore deemed it fit once a while to celebrate these individuals and leaders in Engineering. Today, we bring to you, Engr Ademola Isaac Olorunfemi, a towering figure walking steadily in service of engineering and humanity.
To many, why would we celebrate? The answer would probably lies in unraveling the man himself.

Who is Engr Ademola Isaac Olorunfemi?
Engr. Ademola Isaac Olorunfemi is a man who has seen it all in the Nigeria Engineering profession, yet continues to give his all with renewed energy. In Nigeria, from the lecture room, to entrepreneurship to the policy formulation and execution as well as the institutional framework of the Nigerian Society of Engineers of which he is a former President, he has shown that a man who is ready for leadership will never miss the target when his time comes. His story to the top is an inspiration to anyone who aspire to be at the top regardless of where he starts.

An “underdog,” who continue rise, his only faith is in hard-work and belief in those who believe in him. He heeded the advice to go for NSE leadership when odds was high against him and eventually found himself entrusted by fellow Engineers. His rise to NSE top seat all began as a Student where he gave his all in services of engineering student associations at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife (formerly Univeristy of Ife). He was the President of the Agricultural Engineering Students Society and also served as the Publicity Secretary of the Nigerian University Engineering Students Association (NUESA).

From the Academia to Public service as well as the Professional Calling, Ademola Isaac Olorunfemi has traversed the Nigerian nation and beyond.

Engr.  Olorunfemi was bornon the 23rd November 1960, to the prominent and highly respected Olajugba Royal family of Supare-Akoko, Akoko-South Local Government of Ondo State, South-West Nigeria. He had his primary  education at the Ibadan City Council Primary School, Agodi, Ibadan, Oyo State and secondary education at the famous St. Joseph’s College Ondo and came out in  Division 1 in the West AfricanSecondary Certificate Examination Council in 1978.

Engr. Olorunfemi thereafter proceded to the prestigious University of Ife now Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Great Ife in 1979 to study Agricultural Engineering and graduated in 1984. He was employed immediatly after his National Youth Service as an Assistant Lecturer at the Lagos State Polytechnic in 1985.

Between 1985 and 1996, Engr. Olorunfemi had through hard work evident in his research publications and papers, teaching and  supervision of  students’ projects rose from the post of Asssistant Lecturer to LecturerIII 1988, Lecturer II1990, Lecturer I  1993, Senior Lecturer 1996, Principal Lecturer 2002 and Chief Lecturer2006. He bagged aMasters Degree in Agricultural Engineering in 1991 at the premier University of Ibadan.

As a lecturer, Engr. Olorunfemi, a man of tested adminstrative acumen occupied different positions which included, Head,Agricultural Engineering Department; Director, School of Engineering; Director, LASPOTECH Konsult Limited, the business arm of the Polytechnic. He was the Chairman, External Affairs Relations Committee from its inception in 1998 all through 2011, when he was called for service in his home State, Ondo. As Chairman, External Relations Committee, Engr. Olorunfemi led the Committee to facilitate several collaborations, partnerships and linkages with both public and private sectors home and abroad. He attracted several grants to the Polytechnic, also from within and without.

Having proved his mettle in the Academia, and distinguishing himself as a Manager of men and resources through his successfull and examplary management of LASPOTECH Konsult Ltd., as well as his proffesional exploits as an Agricutural Engineer, the Government of his home State Ondo, decided that his expertise, knowledge and managerial ability were needed back home to boost the Agricultural fortune of the Stateand thus called him home to serve as the State Commissioner for Agriculture between 2011-2013.

As the Honourable Commissioner of Agriculture Ondo State, Engr. Ademola Isaac Olorunfemi intiated and executed rural based agricultural policies aimed at introducing high yeild crops, increased Mechanized farming, and extensive Agricultural Extension Programs all focused on poverty alleviation, youth and women empowerment as well as improving the fortunes of the State through the export of agricultural products. He was the driver in the Ondo State of the Agricultural Value Chain development of the then Hon. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, giant strides in Agricultural Development.

Acommitted and widely acclaimed exceptional Engineer and natural leader of men, Engr. Olorunfemi was elected President of the Nigerian Society Of Engineers and served meritoriously between 2014 to 2015. It is also worth mentioning  that in recongnition of his immense contributions to the development of the Agricultural Sector of Ondo State as Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko Administration retained him as  Special Adviser on Agriculture, even as President of Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE).

Engr. Olorunfemi among other giant strides as President, facilitated the hosting of the 2015 National Conference/AGM, of the Nigerian Society of Engineers with over 5000 participants, as the Maiden event at this prestigious International Conference Centre, to the great admiration of the Government and good people of Ondo State.

Engr. Olorunfemi was not done, as he again, now as Immediate Past President of NSE, and a Council Member of COREN, in less than 10months, brought the Engineering Family to this same magnificent Conference Centre, for the 2016 and 25th COREN Assembly, also with another delegation of about 5000 participants. He was at this time, the Chairman, Main Organising Committee of the 25th Assembly, which served as a turning point in the history of this unique Annual gathering of the Engineering Family.

Engr. Olorunfemi a former Member of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN),is a member of various professional bodies both home and abraod. These include; Fellow, Nigerian Institution of Agricultural Engineers; Fellow, Nigerian Society of Engineers; Member, American Sociery of Agricultural and Biological Engineers; Member, European Society of Engineers; Member, Institution of Agricultural Engineers, United Kingdom, and Fellow, Institute of Personnel Management, Chartered. Engr. Olorunfemi was also a Member of the Advisory BoardInfrastructure Incoporated, USA and Council Member, National Agency for Engineering Infrastructure, NASENI.

Engr. Olorunfemi is a very active Member of his Alma Mater St. Joseph’s College Ondo, of which he is the Vice President of the Old Boys Association, and at the home front in Supare- Akoko, he is a Member of the Frontline Ajafa Social Klobb with very prominent Sons of Supare Kingdom.

A widely travelled and Sociable Engineer, fondly refer to as “Network Engineer” Engr. Olorunfemi is a devoted Christian and married to Lovely Omotolani with 4 beautiful children, Adeteniola, Adegboyega, Aderinsola and Adewonuola.

Some of his achievements as NSE President

  1. 1. National Secretariat initiated regular visits to ascertain welfare of members in their official places of employment
  2. 2. NSE members doing well in politics are highly encouraged and supported
  3. 3. Secured approval and took possession of 10.43 Hectares of land for the construction of Engineer’ Mass Housing Projects in the FCT Abuja;
  4. 4. Successfully hosted World Engineering Conference on Sustainable Infrastructures (WECSI) in conjunction with WFEO, the first of its kind in Nigeria with over 4000 in attendance.
  5. 5. Online payment and registration by new members as well as upgrade of online membership portal.
  6. 6. He digitised the activities of the NSE and NSE becoming more prominent on Social media and more accessible with wider information flow to the engineers and the public
  7. 7. Staff Welfare improved
  8. 8. More collaboration with International Bodies
  9. 9. Re-Submission of the Engineers Salary Enhancement Report to the FG
  10. 10. More works on National Engineering Centre
  11. 11. Strong collaboration was established with international professional bodies like engineering forum of Nigeria UK and others to broaden platform for knowledge exchange across international boundary
  12. 12. Championed the production of the maiden Edition of Nigerian Infrastructure Scorecard
  13. 13. Excalated agitation for the replication of Nigerian Content Development Act in all of engineering Sector
  14. 14. More collaboration with COREN with involvement of COREN in NSE professional Exam
  15. 15. Completion of the Presidential wing of the National Engineering Centre, phase 2
  16. 16. Greeter emphasis on Codes and Standards by Divisions of NSE
  17. 17. Building on YEFON as a platform to carry along young Engineers in NSE activities
  18. 18. And more.. and more...

Engr Ademola Olorunfemi in his Own Words (Memorable Quotes)

“The basic of our offer of renewed and active partnership with the Nigerian government and the people of Nigeria is that Nigeria must first seek engineering conquest, in order to gain technological emancipation, upon which economic prosperity shall be made manifest..”
---January 2014 inaugural lecture

“.. Our manufacturing industry has all it takes to produce quality products and add more values to foreign products if government policy provides them enabling environment. To encourage local production and to boost the country’s economy, there is need for appropriate fiscal policy review with the aim of creating market for local manufactures. There is also need for massive national value reorientation that will encourage citizens to patronize made in Nigeria goods to further advance the cause of local content.”
- NSE, Nigeria and Vision 2020 January 2014

Note: (Earlier 2018, the president of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari finally signed executive order on local content in engineering procurement, in 2017. Council for the Regulation of Engineering under President Engr. Ali Kashim launched a Made in Nigeria Engineering project Campaign which was attended by Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu in Abuja. This is a highlight of long years of collective actions of the NSE leadership and other professionals)

“I make bold to reiterate that the statement credited to the Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises to the effect that there is no company in Nigeria that produces electricity transformers is misleading and a disservice to the efforts of the companies in the manufacturing sector which are contributing to the Nigerian content development. Such statement becomes worrisome, coming from an institution of the federal Government which should take keen interest in the undertaking in the commerce and industry sector of the economy and which major function include minimizing economic inequalities by promoting healthy competition amongst corporate entities. “
-May 2014

“As a professional body and stakeholder in Nigerian’s economic growth, and development project, we owe our fatherland a duty to continually drive debates and discourses on issues of national developments, especially as the concern engineering and infrastructural development..
May 2014
Ademola the Humanitarian, politician (on Chibok Girls)

“We join our citizens and the international community to condemn the recent kidnap of our young girls from the Government girls Secondary School Chibok, Borno State… we urge government to use every means possible to free these students”
Engr Ademola Olorunfemi, 2014

“We demand that, moving forward, INEC should embrace E-voting in future elections. NSE has in the last 3 years partnered NIgConSat and deployed E-Voting in conducting elections into its Executive Committees. The use of e-voting will bring about transparency and considerably reduce the post election petitions and conflicts. The time for is to discard the old fashioned voting system characterised by multiple voting encouraged by desperate politicians is now.”
- Ademola Olorunfemi, 2015 On E-Voting for Nigerian Election

Note: (National Assembly has in 2018 passed amendment to INEC Act to officially allow e-voting)

“The NSE has a huge role to play in terms of design of security infrastructure in this country. The NSE needs to let the government know that professional scientific and engineering advice is required, in addition to intelligence advice, in curbing the security challenges our country is currently faced with.
-Ademola Olorunfemi, on Nigerian Security and NSE (World Press Conference on WESCI, 2014)

'There is no way you can hold NSE responsible for what government is doing if we do not have an input that is documented. We will continue to engage government. I think it is pertinent for the president to have direct communication with presidents of professional bodies, all hurdles should be removed. We can share ideas at every possible time.''
Ademola Olorunfemi, July 2014

"The Engineering profession, just like any other profession has come a long way. It started with the evolution of man because God as the supreme engineer started it with the creation of the world through engineering processes before we humans took over."
Ademola Olorunfemi, June 2014 ( God was the fist Engineer)

"Destiny is a fact. Only God will make it real but for God to make it real, you must fulfill your own part and how do you do that, you must work hard, obey and trust in God."
Ademola Olorunfemi, 2014 On Lesson life taught Him

"In the area of electric power supply, we need to change focus to have a sustainable national energy plan, with a balanced and sustainable energy mix and the required support infrastructure to fuel it. We have abundant solar, wind, biomass and mini/small/major hydropower resources and sites in Nigeria. What are we doing with them?"
Ademola Olorunfemi, April 2014

On Young Engineers participation in engineering activities

“I will like to remind you that in over four decades of active participation in international activities, we have always assured the full participation of our young engineers to the youth events. This, we believed, would go a long way to give them early exposure and help them in building their career. Therefore challenge you to project your programmes for schools girls in a manner that will spur them to work harder and look forward to taking part in international programmes. ..
- Ademola Olorunfemi, February 2014

“..One aspect of our transport system that we must urgently give the required attention in the interest of the economy is the Railway. The Optimal performance of our railway will no doubt lessen traffic on our roads thereby extending the life span of the roads in addition to the gross reduction of cases of road mishaps.
“We must move in a determined manner as a nation to reclaim our position as a top railway operator ion African continent/… we recommend speedy amendment of the railway Act through the proposed Railway Bill, being presented to the National Assembly. "
Ademola Olorunfemi, 2014 Press briefing and advise to Nigerian Government.

Note: The current administration has since been massively investing in Railway Sector with light rail commissioned and others being expanded.

"Government should ensure that Bi-lateral agreements, Technical partners Agreements ion Oil and Gas, World bank/Regional development institutions load agreements, should be scrutinised by the National planning Commission, implementing Ministries and COREN, to ensure that clauses inimical to the development of indigenous capacity, or indigenous personnel and local content are excluded. Consequently, the National Planning Commission should be reorganised and properly equipped with professionals in Built Environment, Engineers and the like"
--- Ademola Olorunfemi Isaac 2015

”No country in the world has industrialised through trading or commerce (buying and selling goods produced elsewhere): importation of Steel products or worse still selling of crude oil and gas which are indeed refined materials for major industries elsewhere, without the Manufacturing Will."
-Ademola Olorunfemi on Industrialisation of Nigeria

“Over the years, we noticed with dismay and advocated against the manner in which people without appropriate qualifications or suitability were appointed to run the affairs of Boards of engineering-based ministries, departments and Agencies. It is our fervent desire and hope that this government will consider appointing qualified engineers as heads of relevant MDAs in the following sectors: Energy, Transport, Aviation, Iron and Steel, Works and Housings Water Resources Environment and Oil and Gas.
Ademola Olorunfemi, 2015 in a message to the then SSG to the President.

Mr. Secretary, going back in time, engineering graduates had enhanced entry point of GL 08/5 and progressed to GL 09 after one year, while Medical and Veterinary Doctors came in on GL09 and progress to GL10. It is ironical that while other professionals have moved far up, Engineers have painfully retrogressed, coming into service on GL08/2... We hereby make passionate appeal to you to n kindly use your good office to mounting urge right pressure to cause an end to this injustice.
2015.. While Presenting the NSE Report on Engineers Salary to SSG.

Note: The National Council of Establishment has since approved the demand in 2018 !

"Do not as what Nigeria Infrastructure can do for you but what ou can do to improve Nigeria’s infrastructure stock. This is the clarion call to action and public services by the Nigerian Society of Engineers."
Engr Ademola while presenting the First Infrastructure Scorecard b the NSE.

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7

Compiled by Isqil Najim (follow me on twitter @isqilnajim)

Honouring Ademola Olorunfemi: Towering figure walking steadily in service of engineering and humanity

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

(Bloomberg) After decades of difficulties in Nigeria over crude theft, pollution and oil-related corruption, Royal Dutch Shell Plc still feels optimistic a fossil fuel can improve life in the country.
(Bloomberg) -- After decades of difficulties in Nigeria over crude theft, pollution and oil-related corruption, Royal Dutch Shell Plc still feels optimistic a fossil fuel can improve life in the country.

The Anglo-Dutch oil major is seeking to develop Nigeria’s domestic energy market around natural gas. It’s plentiful, harder to steal, better for the environment and can underpin a robust industrial sector that could potentially employ thousands, according to Ed Ubong, the managing director of Shell Nigeria Gas.

His vision is vastly different to how Nigeria looks today. The West African nation’s manufacturing sector is minute. About four times more people in the country get power from individual diesel generators than from a utility, because running a centralized energy system in Nigeria is fraught with challenges.

Still, Ubong believes Shell has done the groundwork to set up a gas-based system, and that the organization’s influence and large balance sheet can transform Nigeria’s population of almost 200 million people into a new market.

“Imagine if you held maybe $100 million in the U.S., would it convince you to set up a factory in Nigeria?” Ubong said in an interview at Shell’s residential compound in Port Harcourt, southern Nigeria. “The first thought companies have is: Do I have power?”

Gas demand in Nigeria has remained low, and hard to calculate -- Ubong wasn’t actually able to say said what it was -- partly because there isn’t a robust distribution system.

The country consumed 20 billion cubic metres -- about 706.3 billion cubic feet -- of gas in 2016, according to government data. That’s just a quarter of the 81 billion cubic metres the U.K. consumed that year, and with just a third of Nigeria’s population, according to data from BP Plc.

Nigeria’s gas reserves are thought to be the largest in Africa at 5.2 trillion cubic metres, according to BP data. Domestic gas production has been steadily increasing over the past decade, reaching 47.2 billion cubic metres last year. That’s up from 35 billion cubic metres in 2007.

Infrastructure Expansion
Shell wants to expand the infrastructure needed to reach more gas customers by first focusing on what it calls “industrial clusters.” In these areas, it hopes to persuade foreign companies to build a concentration of factories that employ hundreds of people.

If the energy needs within the clusters are high enough, then building a new pipeline to connect the area to natural gas supply is likely to be profitable. The higher rate of local employment increases the number of people who can buy electricity from a power plant -- preferably powered by natural gas and possibly owned by Shell -- rather than using a diesel generator.

In theory, higher individual incomes and better connectivity should cause both gas and power demand in the country to soar. Currently, the average Nigerian uses the electrical equivalent of six light bulbs a day, according to the World Bank. Each American uses closer to 600.

Foreign companies, “they’re calling me,” said Ubong. “That’s how I know the demand is there.”

But to get to the level of development Shell hopes for, the company may have to endure further difficulties. Two decades ago, when it built a gas pipeline network in the western part of the country near Lagos, Shell suffered years of losses before attracting enough sales to turn a profit. The network now serves about 90 industrial customers, it says.

It would also require a change of focus in the nation’s production sector. Though Nigeria is estimated to have more gas than Iraq, what’s been produced historically has mostly been a byproduct of oil. It’s sometimes burned off, or flared, because it’s more economical to do that than capture and sell it.

It may be that the only large company willing to push through those sorts of challenges, while spending lots of money in Nigeria, is Shell. Ubong didn’t speak directly of the company’s checkered history in the country, he said it’s very determined to set Nigeria on a positive course.

“Would a private investor be able to sit down for ten years just watching, racking up his losses? Maybe not,” said Ubong. “But we know what our commitment is to Nigeria -- to support it as it tries to industrialize.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Kelly Gilblom in London at

Shell Looks to Gas in Nigeria After Decades of Oil Struggles by Kelly Gilblom

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Friday, July 27, 2018

On Thursday, the tech giants said a new business group will be formed under the terms of the partnership, the Accenture Google Cloud Business Group (AGBG).

AGBG will bring together specialists from both Google and Accenture to "develop intelligent solutions leveraging data-driven insights" and assist clients in "deliver[ing] superior customer experiences and accelerate their digital transformation journeys."

The solutions will be developed utilizing Google Cloud technology and Accenture's industry knowledge for clients in Europe, the US, and Japan.

"We're making a significant commitment to our clients and investment with Google Cloud to provide intelligent solutions that enterprises need to solve today's greatest business challenges and become the new leaders in digital," said Gene Reznik, Accenture's Senior Managing Director of Ecosystems & Ventures. "The Accenture Google Cloud Business Group brings together the leading capabilities of Accenture and Google Cloud to fuel the next generation of innovations for organizations around the world."

AGBG will initially target the retail, consumer packaged goods, and healthcare industries.

In particular, the companies intend to combine their efforts to develop new business solutions with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML); providing ways to migrate enterprise workloads from legacy infrastructure to the cloud; and improve the management of SAP solutions on the Google Cloud platform.

In addition, Google and Accenture intend to combine the Google Marketing Platform data with other enterprise data sources for improved customer insights and to scale G Suite across corporate networks utilizing cloud technologies.

At the Google Cloud Next conference this week, Google debuted new capabilities for the productivity suite, including Grammar Suggestions in Google Docs, Smart Replies in chat scenarios, and voice commands in Hangouts.

Google also launched the Cloud Services Platform, a cloud-based platform for enterprise players with on-premise workloads.

Google, Accenture team up to create enterprise data insight solutions group

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018


The number of women in engineering in Nigeria is still far below the acceptable level. While there has been increasing number of girls in science class, only few of them made it to engineering at University level. In a bid to stem this tide, APWEN, the flagship of professional women in engineering have been working on various innovative programmes to encourage girls to embrace the “E” part of the STEM education.
Nigeria needs more engineers to contribute to the socioeconomic development and the current ratio of men to women in engineering practice is still low compare to the available potentials.
Under its current president, Engr Felicia Agubata, APWEN has been embarking on more creative ways to inspire more young girls to embrace engineering. The key focus is to ‘catch them young”. This method involves grooming them for career in engineering from their days in primary and secondary school and exposing them to the options available in engineering while also offering mentoring, scholarship and many other career enhancing supports.
As part of the efforts to consummate this and provide hand-on mentoring and guide, an annual technical Boot Camp is conceived. Named “Mayen Adetiba Technical Bootcamp for Girls” in honour of one of the founders of APWEN for her pioneering professional roles in leading the way for other women in engineering.
Engr. (Mrs.) Mayen Adetiba FNSE, is an accomplished Civil Engineer who had gone on to become leader among men and has been demystifying old stereotype about women in engineering profession.
The maiden edition of the Mayen Adetiba Technical Bootcamp for Girls is scheduled to take place at Royal Club, Bank PHB Hall, located on 8, Ladoke Akintola Streets, Ikeja GRA between July 25th and 27th 2018. Starting from 9 a.m. daily.
It will feature various activities on sideline such as Safety Session, Technical talk, HSE Talk, Spontaneous games, Networking, Site visits and exploring collaborative opportunities, showcasing of technical skills among other programmes spread across three days.
On hand to deliver the Keynote Address is Engr Mrs Mayen Adetiba, FNSE, FAEng, Past President of Association of Consulting Engineers, while Chief (Mrs) Onikepo Akande, OON, CON, the Immediate Past President of Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry and former Minister of Trade is the Special Guest of Honour.
Join us and watch the future of Nigerian engineering as ambitious girls mingle with accompliahed engineers on the pathway to nurturing a fulfilling career in engineering.
By Isqil Najim. Follow on twitter @isqilnajim

Grooming the next Generation of female engineers: APWEN set to launch Mayen Adetiba Bootcamp for Girls

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Researchers at the University of Melbourne in Australia have  developed the world’s first artificial intelligence (AI) system, a biometric mirror,  that can detect and display personality traits of a subject simply by analyzing a photograph.

The”Biometric Mirror” was unveiled on Tuesday. It works by comparing the user’s data with thousands of other facial images in it’s database.
The data that biometric mirror uses is based on crowdsourced feedback on people’s facial appearance, project leader Dr Niels Wouters from the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces said.
When someone stands in front of Biometric Mirror, the system detects a range of facial characteristics in seconds. It then compares the user’s data to that of thousands of facial photos, which were evaluated for their psychometrics by a group of crowd-sourced responders.
Biometric Mirror displays 14 characteristics, from gender, age and ethnicity to attractiveness, weirdness and emotional stability. The longer a person stands there, the more personal the traits become.
The research project, led by Dr Niels Wouters from the Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces (SocialNUI) and Science Gallery Melbourne, explores the concerns this technology raises around consent, data storage and algorithmic bias.
“With the rise of AI and big data, government and businesses will increasingly use CCTV cameras and interactive advertising to detect emotions, age, gender and demographics of people passing by,” Dr Wouters said.
“Our study aims to provoke challenging questions about the boundaries of AI. It shows users how easy it is to implement AI that discriminates in unethical or problematic ways which could have societal consequences. By encouraging debate on privacy and mass-surveillance, we hope to contribute to a better understanding of the ethics behind AI.”

Researchers unveil biometric mirror to analyse personality traits

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Monday, July 16, 2018

In few days times, precisely on July 19, 2018, engineers across the nation would be heading to Auchi in Edo State as we celebrate the President of COREN Engr Kashim Ali mni, at annual Distinguished Lecture.
The event being put together by the Auchi Branch of the Nigerian Society of Engineers under the leadership of Engr. Mrs M. A. Obomeghie is the first in the series of what is expected to hold every year.
Acclaimed Development and Infrastructure engineer expert, Engr Nurudeen Rafindadi, the Managing Director, Federal Road Maintenance Agency, FERMA will delivered the keynote address at the event whose theme is:” Accelerating Road Development in Nigeria”.
The event which is named after the COREN President is Scheduled to hold on the July 19 2018 at Mr. Biggs Event Centre along Benin-Abuja Express Road Auchi will take off at 10am and chaired by NSE President Engr Adekunle Mokuolu while the Executive Governor of Edo State Mr. Godwin Obaseki is the Special Guest of Honour and Vice Chancellor, Edo State University, Engr. Prof. Emmanuel Aluyor, is Special Guest along with other dignitaries expected in attendance.
Engr Rafindadi, a Civil Engineer of has over 30 years experience spanning telecom sector ( Regulatory Framework), Environmental Engineering, World Bank assignments in Rural development and urban upgrading, road infrastructure etc is a Fellow of Nigerian Academy of Engineers and Nigerian Society of Engineers. And has worked across public and private sectors including civil society organisation.
Who is Engr. Kashim Abdul Ali, FNSE, FSESN, NPOM, mni, The COREN President?
Engr. Kashim Abdul Ali hails from Ofugo – Ankpa, Kogi State. He had his early tutelage under his grandfather, a traditional ruler, who’s memory he holds dearly, and early education at the NA Primary School, Ofugo, one of the few
boarding primary schools established by the defunct Northern Nigerian government. He thereafter proceeded to Ochaja Secondary School, Kaduna Polytechnic and the Federal University of Technology, Owerri. He is a
Registered Civil Engineer with post-graduation training and experiences in Highways, Water Resources, Administration, Railway engineering, project management and strategy.
Engr Ali is Member of the National Institute (mni) and recipient of the Nigeria National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM), Engr Ali is the President, Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Fellow and Past President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Fellow of the Solar Energy Society of Nigeria, Fellow of the Academy of Engineering and Technology for Developing World, statutory Board member of National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) and Governing Board member of the UNESCO International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South – South Co-operation. He was a member of Nigeria Vision 20:2020 Steering and Implementation Committees, and Chair of the sub-Committee on Physical Infrastructure.
He was also co-Chair of the Infrastructure Policy Commission of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, and member of the Policy Support Group to the Economic Management Team (2008 – 2010). He is presently a member of the steering committee of the Infrastructure Policy Commission.
He served in the positions of Director/Chief Executive Officer of the FCT Water Board, Member of the FCT Executive Committee, Special Adviser (Utilities), director (Technical Services) of the Abuja Infrastructure Investment Centre, Director, Transportation and presently, Chairman of the FCT Water Board.
He holds the traditional titles of Olimene Ata Igala, and Galadiman Ankpa, and has several awards and recognitions locally and internationally.
Engr Kashim Ali in his words
“If there is any calamity anywhere today, the expectation is that even if a mud house collapses, the journalist will say ‘where are the engineers?’”
– Engr. kashim Ali on Tendency by media to Blame Engineers for every calamity
“ Over the years the engineering profession has played second fiddle in the scheme of things. For instance, engineers are the least paid among professionals, and the least consulted and considered at manning levels, even in key engineering institutions in the public service of our nation. …These problems in our opinion derive largely from non-optimisation of our productive capacity via unfriendly policies and tendencies that tend to demoralise the competent and hardworking citizens.
-Engr Kashim Ali on Engineers on unfriendly Policies against Engineers
I urge Mr President to challenge the Nigerian engineering family, and provide the needed resources as President Kennedy did, to build modular refineries, power systems, rail permanent ways, highways and water resource infrastructures, and see if we will not deliver them within record time.”
-Engr kasim Ali at 2016 COREN Assembly
“We recognise that over 90% of the nation’s appropriation is in engineering projects through which a greater percentage of corruption takes place. Even though acts of corruption in engineering projects are not necessarily perpetrated by engineers, they are usually blamed for the occurrence. It can no longer be business as usual. Any engineering personnel involved in any corrupt practice directly or indirectly will be severely sanctioned,”
“While the gaps in the provision of infrastructure are worrisome, the lack of a maintenance culture is even more disturbing. We have also watched helplessly as the investment in infrastructure has continued to decline at all levels of government. Obviously our dream of a great nation will remain a mirage until the issue of infrastructure is addressed”
COREN President, Engr Kashim Ali decorated with NSE Ikeja Anniversary Medallion by Engr Oguamanam in presence of NSE chairman of Apapa and Lagos, Engr Garba and Engr Akinwande respectively
I urge all engineers to be interested in what is going on in their places of work and even outside. You all have a duty to report to COREN with accurate information, whenever and wherever you notice quackery in engineering works. I also urge engineers to serve as whistle blowers to ensure that nobody is doing anything that will take engineering jobs away from the engineering family.”
-Engr Kashim Ali , 2016
Engr kashim Ali with NSE President Adekunle Mokuolu, Immediate past President of Nigerian Academy of Engineering President Olu Maduka and others in Abuja
“We are calling on the three tiers of government to patronise and utilise ‎local engineers for the technological advancement of the nation… Nigerian society is also under-utilising the local engineers in the nation, hence, the dearth of infrastructural facilities in the country,”
“There is a cadre called technologists, there is another cadre in the civil service called the engineers; the engineers have no problem, they grow to level 17. We are not against the salary disparity between the technologists and the engineers but we are also saying, allow technologists to also grow to level 17.We do not have that issue among members of the engineering family because all the cadres have representatives in COREN council,”
-Engr Kashim Ali on HND/BSC Dichotomy controversy
Engr Kashim Ali, Engr Babagana Muhammad, Engr Chief Alade Ajibola and Engr Mustapha Shehu
“Because of the way Nigerian Engineers are being perceived in public domain, we tried to benchmark our qualification with other nation so undertook the Benchmark Minimum Academic Standard (BMAS) for Nigerian Engineering Undergraduate for Academic process we did it in 2013/2014 and then send it to the world. We sent it to UNESCO, Federation of Engineering Institutions in Asia and Pacific (FIAP) to take a look at what is being done in Nigeria and let us know what is missing. UNESCO set up a committee to look into it and made a very good recommendation. FIAP admitted us as the only non-member nation of Asia and recommended us to be a member of the World International Engineering Alliance and if we become signatory to the Washington Accord then we would have internationalize our qualification.
Engr Kashim Ali, Engr Babagana Muhammad, Engr Chief Alade Ajibola and Engr Mustapha Shehu
“So, we are asking that the parliament should empower us so that we can have the power to do such thing. We also need the resources to also do that. So, those are the basic thrusts of the proposal that is in the House of Reps for an amendment to the COREN Act and we want to seek that eventually, if it comes to you, we want you to be aware of it, seek your colleagues’ support so that we can strengthen COREN and the practice of engineering in Nigeria.”
– Engr Ali to National Assembly on Empowering COREN to take Action against professional abuse
With PP Mbanefo and Pres. MB Shehu
“Engineering projects generally are capital intensive if there is no affirmative action individuals cannot contribute to the development of engineering project in Nigeria. The foreigners that are doing it have the advantage of having the support of their own country, we need the support from government to provide funds that we can access at low digit interest rate so that we can build engineering business that is the main thing that is holding engineering down. “
-Engr Kashim Ali on need for Government to Support Engineers through Project Funding
With the DG, UNESCO, 2015
Engr Ali with Engr Olorunfemi isaac at Canaan 2011
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Sunday, June 17, 2018

The Transmission Company of Nigeria hereby state that as a result of gas pipeline rupture on the 15th of June, 2018, as well as technical issues at the Shell gas wells on the 16th of June, there has been a sharp drop in generation into the grid by a total of 1,087.6MW, resulting in load-shedding nationwide, necessary to maintain stability of the grid.
Due to the NGC pipeline incident, TCN said that six (6) thermal power generating stations are currently unable to generate electricity and have therefore been shut down. The affected power stations include the Ihovbor, Azura, Omotosho gas, Geregu gas, Olorunsogo gas, Sapele and the Egbin Power Station which has managed to generate 60MW only on each of its units, losing a total of 211MW.
Also, Afam VI power station was shut down so that Shell Oil Company can resolve its gas well issues to enable it commence gas supply to Afam VI power station.
According to the General Manager Public Affairs, Mrs. Ndidi Mbah, with a total loss of 1,087.6MW into the grid, the transmission system has become quite fragile and that TCN is working hard to avert a collapse of the system, by engaging in load-shedding. Load-shedding, she explained, is to ensure that available generation is commensurate with what is allocated to discos nationwide, to create a balance and avert grid instability.
The release further noted that NGC is making efforts to ensure that the gas pipeline issues are resolved in order to restore normal gas supply to the affected power generating stations, to enable them generate into the grid. Meanwhile Shell has resolved its gas well issue this morning and gas supply partially restored to Afam VI.
TCN noted that there has been no collapse of the grid as has been reported. Meanwhile, the company appealed for understanding and assured that its engineers are working hard to continue to maintain the stability of the grid, pending completion of repairs of the gas pipeline by NGC and restoration of full gas supply to the affected generating stations.
Ndidi Mbah
GM (Public Affairs)
Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN)


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Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, the Vice Chancellor of University of Ilorin has advised Nigerian engineers to always approach their projects with an entrepreneurial mindset.
Abdulkareem gave the advice on Thursday in his welcome address at the fourth edition of the National Engineering Project Exhibition (EPEX) held at the University.

He explained that having an entrepreneurial mindset would help in solving the problems facing the nation and provide jobs for a large number of jobless and frustrated youth.
“The VC pointed out that Nigeria and other countries of the world are looking for solutions to their peculiar challenges and engineering projects are key ingredients of those solutions.’’
According to him, that Engineering Project Exhibition is a platform to showcase and demonstrate the best of various innovative engineering projects undertaken by the undergraduates in Nigeria.
He said that the programme was expected to stimulate the innovative and technical skills among students and to motivate them.

“EPEX offers engineering students opportunities to develop independent critical thinking skills, collaborative working skills, oral and written communication and presentation skills as well as marketing skills, thereby building their confidence.
“The programme is expected to reward the engineering students, and assure them that the society still values excellence,” he said.
According to the vice-chancellor, the undergraduate project is considered to be an important part of the engineering education process and one of the major processes of independent research that a student will undertake.

“The engineering projects improve innovative spirit, make transformation of theory to applications possible, enrich knowledge on renewing technologies, prepare you for career path, remind you of your responsibilities to your society, boost curiosities and love for studies and improve team building and problem-solving skills and many more,” he said.

Mr Yusuf Musbaudeen, the Executive President, Nigerian Universities Engineering Students’ Association (NUESA), University of Ilorin chapter, explained that one of the primary objectives of the EPEX was to bridge the gap between the academia and the industry.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the exhibition had about 2000 engineering students in attendance


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