Sunday, June 17, 2018

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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)
17/6/18

NATIONWIDE LOAD-SHEDDING AS GAS PIPELINE RUPTURES

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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

-NAN

UNILORIN VC tasks engineers on entrepreneurial mindset

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Instant messaging app Yahoo Messenger is shutting down after 20 years of operation.

The company did not give any reason for the shutdown.

The company announced that the messenger will go offline on July 17, it is speculated that the competition between the more popular applications like WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook Messenger may be the cause, for example, 800 million users use Instagram daily.

“We know we have many loyal fans who have used Yahoo Messenger since its beginning as one of the first chat apps of its kind.

As the communications landscape continues to change over, we’re focusing on building and introducing new, exciting communications tools that better fit consumer needs.” Says Yahoo’s parent company oath.

There is no replacement yet for Yahoo Messenger, but Yahoo said it was experimenting with new services and apps, including an invite-only group messaging app called Yahoo Squirrel.


Oath is launching a new messaging platform, named Squirrel.

If you’re still using Yahoo, your Yahoo ID will still work for applications such as Yahoo Mail, following the shutdown of Messenger.

Yahoo Messenger Shuts Down After 20 Years Of Operation

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Nigerian power situation is at its nadir and the efforts to address it goes beyond providing just the infrastructure. There is also area of Human Resources that must be addressed. Achieving this requires input of experts and stakeholders in the industry.

Innovation in the sector has been mounting and the world out there has been talking about energy efficiency, quality and cost saving. Nigeria cannot afford to lag behind.

As Nigeria continues to improve on its power supply one problem it faces and which will soon become even more pronounced is the issue of power quality and cost saving.

It is for this reason that SATA Engineering and Energy is teaming up with Unipower (Sweden) to offer comprehensive training in power Quality.

Between June 20th and 21st 2018, Nigeria is hosting one of the world's top experts in power Quality from Sweden with goals of providing Hands-on technical training to the participants.

Thanks to SATA Engineering and Energy Ltd, Unipower will be sharing it wide ranging experiences skills in the industry with the participants. As well as opportunity to their cutting edge innovative technology.

The Company has developed a competitive edge within the field of Power Quality and Smart-Grid solutions. It focuses on norm compliance equipment, with a special focus on the requirements for power generation, transmission and distribution.

Workshop Details
Scheduled to hosted by Kaduna Electric Company Kaduna, 20-21st June 2018. The workshop is a combination of lectures,power point presentation,live simulation and case studies using Power Quality monitoring Instruments.

Facilitators:

  • Mr Russon Kebedom, from Unipower Sweden
  • Engr TSG Wudil, FNSE, Vice president Nigerian Society of Engineers
  • Engr Adeolu Taiwo, MD/CEO SATA ENgineeing and Energy Ltd.

Cost:
The workshop cost is #50, 000 per participant.

Discounts!!!
To those who pay before and by June 15 2018, a discount of 40% is on offer while those who register in group at the neve will attract discount of 60%.

Where? And to participate?
For more information and booking, contact: SATA Engineering & Energy Ltd. Suit 2B, 2nd floor. Machima Plaz. Manbalo xlose, Zone 2 Abuja. Call 08063149226, 08023309715
p experts in power from Sweden as its aim at providing Hands on technical Skils in Power Quality.
Thanks to SATA Engineering and Energy Ltd, Unipower will be sharing it ranging experiences  skills in the industry to the partisicpants.

The Company has developed a competitive edge within the field of Power Quality and Smart-Grid solutions. We focus on norm compliance equipment, with a special focus on the requirements for power generation, transmission and distribution.

Facilitators: 
Mr Russon Kebedom, from Unipower Sweden
Engr TSG Wudil, FNSE, Vice president Nigerian Society of Engineers
Engr Adeolu Taiwo, MD/CEO SATA ENgineeing and Energy Ltd.

Discounts!!!
To those who pay before and by June 15 2018, a discount of 40% is on offer while those who register in group at the neve will attract discount of 60%.

Where?
For more information and booking, contact: SATA Engineering & Energy Ltd. Suit 2B, 2nd floor. Machima Plaz. Manbalo xlose, Zone 2 Abuja. Call 08063149226, 08023309715

UNIPOWER Sweden, SATA Engineering Bringing Power Quality Training/Workshop to Nigeria

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Okija bu enyi! Enyi! (great Okija, great)
Okija bu enyi!! Enyi!!
Okija anegbuachara!!! Achara ne to!!! (Okija is resilient, luxuriant, vibrant and ever flourishing)
The chants roar inside the regal hall, signaling to all presence that it’s time to honour the tradition, the very root of existence.
As the Okija Royal Cabinet, led by the Igwe of Okija, HRM Igwe Emeka Okezie, Oka-Ije in the splendor of his regal attire, gathered in Okija (which composed of all the titled men in the 34 villages that make up Okija) and the main item on the agenda was the presentation of the new Obi Ubahu.
Ubahu is the eldest of all the 34 villages that make up nine (9) Obi areas in Okija, and by virtue of his presentation as the Obi Ubahu, Engr. Anyaeji becomes the principal Obi in Okija.
Okija, unarguably the largest town in Ihiala LG, Anambra State, has produced some of the most distinguished and influential individuals in Nigeria. The list is inexhaustible but suffice to mention Chief Dr. Ernest Azudialu Obiejesi (Obijackson), Hon. Fellow NSE and Chairman Nest Oil Group, Dr. Daniel Chukwudozie, Chairman Dozzy Group, Hon. Fellow and Presidential Merit Awardee NSE, Engr. Otis Anyaeji FAEng (President, West African Federation of Engineering Organizations) and Chairman, O.T. Otis Engineering Ltd.
Engr. Anyaeji ‘s journey to Obi of Ubahu, started from an overwhelming call from his people to serve and help usher Okija to an era of unprecedented prosperity, long lasting peace and overall progress and development.
Engr Otis with Okija Royal Council
Engr Otis with Okija Royal Council
Charity, they say, begins at home.As a man who has and is still diligently and faithfully serving industry, profession, faith and the larger society, perhaps it is time to serve his native land – Okija, the land of the Greats.
What has this got to do with Engineering? Engr Anyaeji is a product of engineering. Yes it is a traditional event but to us as engineers and in engineering community in Nigeria and West Africa it is a celebration of an engineering leader whose influence is felt well beyond the shores of Nigeria.
It is a pride to the engineering family that the immediate Past President NSE, Engr Otis Anyaeji FNSE, FAEng, is being honoured as the Obi Obahu of Okija.
Engr Otis being congratulated by other members of the Royal Council
Engr Anyaeji is a Fellow, Nigerian Academy of Engineering; Fellow, Nigerian Society of Engineers; Fellow, Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers; Fellow, Automotive Engineers’ Institute; Fellow in Valuation, Institute of Appraisers & Cost Engineers; Fellow in Cost Engineering, Institute of Appraisers & Cost Engineers; Fellow, Solar Energy Society of Nigeria; Fellow, Institute of Management Consultants, Honorary Fellow, Nigerian Society of Engineering Technicians; Distinguished Fellow, Professional Excellence Foundation of Nigeria (PEFON); Fellow in Engineering Economy, Institute of Appraisers & Cost Engineers; Fellow, Nigerian Institution of Safety Engineers, and Paul Harris Fellow.
Indeed the Okija Royal cabinet made the right choice in appointing an exemplary leader like Engr. Otis Anyaeji whose antecedents cut across various sectors of the economy. He is Tested, Trusted and Dependable result-oriented leadership. Engr. Anyaeji is always willing to serve and contribute his quota. This much can be glimpsed from his words when he said:
“All my life, I have always been driven by a burning passion to look out for the common good, and champion the good cause. Through/in service I find great fulfillment.
“Today, a new chapter has opened in my life. Nothing would bring me greater joy than serving God, my profession, and my native land.
“I am humbled by the overwhelming outpouring of goodwill and love that have come my way since news of my presentation to Okija broke out this afternoon. “
-Engr Otis Anyaeji
Who is Engr. Otis Anyaeji (Enyi di n’obi), the Obi Ubahu of Okija.
ENGR. OTIS OLIVER TABUGBO ANYAEJI, a mechanical, automotive, plastic, cost and valuation Engineer, and strategic planner, was born on 4th March, 1951 in Onitsha, Anambra State. He studied for and bagged the degree of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in June 1976.
Engr. Anyaeji has numerous publications to his credit in various areas of engineering policy and socio-economic development. During his tenure as Secretary General NSE he affected public policy positively in the following areas: Engineering Practice; Building Code; Intellectual Property Rights; Public Utility Regulation; Commercial Law Practice; Assets Valuation; Statutory Inspection of Pressure Vessels and Lifting Devices etc. On Assets Valuation, his initiative led to the amendment of the Decree No.1 of 1990 with Decree No.46 of 1991 to include engineer in the definition of ‘Valuer’, while on Company law reform his struggles resulted in the concession of a seat to the engineering profession in the Corporate Affairs Commission, vide the same Decree No.46.
Engr Otis Anyaeji in company of other Fellows of Nigerian Society of Engineers in Abuja (2017)
Engr. Anyaeji is the immediate Past President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, and currently the President, West African Federation of Engineering Organisations (WAFEO). He has bagged more than 200 awards from creditable organizations, and 14 Fellowships.
Engr. Anyaeji, a Knight of St. Mulumba and Papal Knight of St. Gregory the Great in the Catholic Church, is happily married to Dame Nkechi, DSG, (nee Chukwuemeka, an Administrator and Executive Director, Finance & Administration OTIS ENGINEERING), and their marriage is blessed with four children and two grand-children.
You can read more about him HERE

ENGR OTIS ANYAEJI, WAFEO PRESIDENT BECOMES THE PRINCIPAL OBI IN OKIJA

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Monday, June 4, 2018



The pervasive problem of marine plastic pollution has been highlighted by the discovery of pieces of a plastic bag at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest point on Earth.

The world's oceans, from the shallowest waters to the greatest depths, are wallowing in plastic debris, which threatens to play havoc with the marine ecosystem, researchers say.

Scientists from the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), the United Nations Environment Program and other organizations were startled by the discovery of plastic fragments 10,898 meters below the surface in the Pacific Ocean.

“There is an urgent need to establish observation methods, create an international monitoring network and take effective countermeasures to deal with plastic pollution,” said Sanae Chiba, a senior scientist at JAMSTEC’s Research and Development Center for Global Change.

JAMSTEC created a database of photos and video footage showing plastics and metal fragments, as well as other types of debris, taken by the Shinkai 6500 manned research submersible and other devices.

Based on the database, the team analyzed data from submersible surveys carried out on 5,010 occasions between 1982 and 2015 in the Pacific and elsewhere.

Of the 3,425 pieces of debris identified, one-third were plastics. Fragments of plastic products accounted for more than half of all kinds of debris in waters 6,000 meters below the surface or deeper.

Ninety percent of the debris derived from disposable products, such as bags and bottles, the researchers said.

This article was first published on Asani Shimbun

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018



At a time Nigerian Engineers were massively discriminated against by the colonial masters who whose policy is to place local engineers under the services of British technicians, with a lot of outcry that led to many senior engineers exiting the civil services; a group of young radical engineers who had been trained abroad, met in London to consider the formation of a pressure group and a professional body.

Since its formation in England in 1958 under the leadership of Engr Olateju Oyeleye and Engr. Chief G.O. Aiwereoba, Nigerian Society of Engineers has since become the largest body of engineers in Africa with over 70 Branches and over 25 Divisions. On February, 2018, it marked its 60 years of its founding.

Among the young engineers who were the founding members of the NSE in London is HRH R. A. Obioha (now a king in Orlu), the only living member of the original founding members. On February, 2018, NSE marked its 60 years of its founding.

The Orlu Branch of the NSE is putting together Annual Lecture Series in Honour of  HRH Eze Engr. R.A. OBIOHA,FNSE.

Tagged: "HRH EZE R. A. OBIOHA ANNUAL_LECTURE SERIES"; the inaugural  edition will hold as scheduled below:

Date: Saturday, 2nd June, 2018
Time: 11.00 am,
Venue:  Banquet Hall Orlu recreation Club, Opposite L.G.A. Secretariat, Orlu, Imo.

The event which will be chaired by NSE President Engr. Adekunle Mokuolu will also have in attendance,  some past presidents,  Branch chairmen, various political and business leader,  engineering,  judiciary  chiefs and traditional rulers.

On hand to present the Inaugural  Lecture is Engr Chidi K. C. Izuwah, Ag. Director General/CEO, The Presidency Infrastructure Concession and regulatory Commission (ICRC),  who will speak on. "Subnational Transportation and Urban Infrastructures's Role in Sustainable Development: The IPP Imperative" while Senator Hope Uzodinma , representing Orlu Senatorial Zone  is expected to also grace the event along with other dignitaries. While HRH Eze Dr. C. J. Okwara, Deputy Chairman, Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers is the Royal Father of the Day.


Orlu  Branch was created out of and with support of Owerri Branch to Carter for the growing  population of engineers in Orlu and it's environ. It was inaugurated by immediate past president Otis Anyaeji  in.. with Engr Chidoze  Okereke as it's pioneer president. The branch has since garnered speed it is efforts at becoming one of most vibrant Branches in the country.

General Public and Engineers are invited to grace this event. You can reach the Branch ( +2348033546758)  to support or attend.

WHO IS  HRH EZE ENGR, SIR RICHARD AKANIHU OBIOHA, FNSE

HRH Eze Engr, Sir Richard Akanihu Obioha, FNSE was born in the Royal family of Nze and Lolo Micheal Obioha ( Duruegeruo I) in Umuegere Village Umuezikeodu Okwuabala Autonomous Community Orlu LGA Imo State on 4th Sept, 1927.

He commenced his primary Education at st Joseph Catholic School Umuna Orlu in 1933 and finished in 1940 with distinction. He attended Christ the King College Onitsha between 1941- 1946 where he obtained a Senior Cambridge School certificate in grade 1 with exemption from London Matriculation. Between 1947 and 1951 he schooled at Public works Department Technical School currently named Yaba Tech after which he proceeded to Leicester College of Arts and Science United Kingdom where he obtained a General Certificate of Education between 1953-1959. He attended Batter Sea College of Technology, University of London and obtained BSC Degree in Civil Engineering.

His postgraduate Civil Service experience started in Sokoto in 1947 where he worked in PWD school Training Programme as Engineering Assistant. He also worked in Jos Plateau State as a representative of the Northern Region in a 3 man Team Reconnaissance Survey Bamenda also an Engineering Assistant.

As a young graduate in 1959, he worked on Bridge design Batter Sea College of Technology London and was apprenticed to Transverse Morgan and partner of London and Macdonald and Partner of Glasgow Scotland. His postgraduate work was in Highway and Bridges at university of Colorado USA in 1964

Between 1965-1976 he was involved in the Design and Construction of various project in South Eastern Nigeria among which are: Access Road to independence layout Enugu, Enugu Abakaliki Afikpo Road and Drains at PortHacourt and Aba; Construction by direct labour of Road and Bridge to Erei Farm Settlement and construction of damaged bridges; Design and construction of a temporary wooden Bridges across River Niger; Reconstruction of Nigerian damaged civil war Bridges, roads and culverts and many others.

In 1971, he was elected the Chairman of The Nigerian Society of Engineers Onitsha Branch. After the Creation of Imo State from East central state in 1976, he was transferred to Imo State Ministry of Works Owerri where he later rose to the position of the Chief Engineer in the Ministry, a position that never distracted him from associating with his professional body.

In 1976 he was elected the Treasurer of Owerri Branch. The position he held for over eight Years without blemishes. In 1993 he also was elected the Chairman of Owerri Branch. It was his administration that got the Land allocation for Owerri Engineering Centre through the support of then the former Military Governor of Imo State Navy Captain James N.J Aneke (1993-1996) who was his Classmate at Public works Department (PWD) Lagos (currently YABA Tech).

He is the Principal Partner of RICHBEN NIGERIAN LIMITED that had staff strength of over three hundred workers with thirty five Registered Engineers, who he sponsored to various Engineering Conferences, Seminars and Workshops both local and international.

HRH Eze (Engr.) Richard .A. Obioha is a fourth degree catholic knight of the order of St. Mulumba. He has rendered many free professional services to the church. Some of them are:  Arch Bishop Court Onitsha in 1971/1973, Structural design of catholic church at Uga, Structural design and supervision of construction of Holy Trinity Cathedral, Orlu, Structural design and supervision of construction of Holy Cross Catholic Church, Aladimma-Owerri, Structural design and supervision of construction of Alvan Ikoku College of Education, Owerri Catholic Chaplaincy and many others.

Eze (Engr.) Richard Akanihu Obioha has received several awards both local and international. He is married to Ugoeze Bernadette Akuagwu Obioha (Nee Olumba). Their union is blessed with 7 children (4 sons and 3 daughters) and 17 grand-children.

Based on these achievements and contributions to The Nigerian Society of Engineers, and the community, Orlu Branch deemed it necessary to honor him with an Annual Lecture Series.

Plan to be there!!!



Compiled by Isqil Najim

Orlu Engineers to Honour Foundation Member of NSE, HRH Eze R. A. Obioha at Distinguished Lecture

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Li Huiyu gave up a chance to work for one of America's leading genomics companies, instead returning to China to work for a startup in 2017, the same year he graduated from Stanford University's engineering school.

"I like new challenges, responsibility and leading a team forward," Li said.

"I hope what I learned can contribute to my country," Li said.

He noticed computer science was popular among school children in the United States.

His team, Mobby iCode, now aims to provide high-quality coding courses to children in China.

The experience of studying abroad appears to give Chinese students a more open-minded attitude about startups, according to a survey published earlier this week.

While only 9 percent of those who had yet to study overseas planned to start a business, the number grew significantly to 49 percent among those who had completed overseas courses, according to the survey.

Sun Haotian, also a Stanford graduate, is another example. "Before I studied overseas, my plan was to simply complete a doctorate, which might make my job search easier," said Sun.

"However, a course on entrepreneurship in civil and environmental engineering prompted me to think about joining a start-up," Sun said.

Sun quit a position with an investment company and joined Laiye, a mobile Internet platform that helps with ordering cabs, food, hotels, air tickets and housekeeping.

Rich knowledge and broader horizons are believed to have contributed to the change in attitudes.

However, some noted that it was the amicable environment for entrepreneurship in China that helped them make the decision to return.

"I tried to operate a start-up as early as my years at Berkeley. It was not successful, but I learned an important lesson," said Mark Ma, a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.

Speaking of his decision to return, Ma said he values China's detail-oriented work environment.

Li Zeyang graduated with his bachelor's degree in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University and continued his studies at Stanford University.

"Before leaving for the United States, I was planning to find a job there and work as an engineer," said Li. He interned at several leading U.S. companies before making the decision to return to China. He later co-founded the mobile game company Chilly Room.

"My experiences at Stanford inspired me," Li said, adding that working overseas as an engineer would not offer him enough of a voice in decision-making.

"There are many more opportunities back in China," he said.

Source: Xinhua

China Focus: Chinese students return from abroad with startup fever

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Ever thought of what it is like to have more alternatives to Crude Oil? A Researcher, Engr. Jimoh Ajani Olanrewaju of kwara State Polytechnics seems to have an answer as he presented his ongoing research on; “Pyrolysis Oil, An Alternative Source of Fuel Energy” during the NIMechE Ilorin Technical Session in April.

Drawing his raw material from waste tyres, Engr Jimoh demonstrated the potential in the process and how it can be a veritable source of energy in a world that is increasingly yearning for cleaner energy.
Pyrolysis oil is a liquid substance obtained in pyrolysis process and subsequent cooling. It is a complex blends of molecules usually consisting more than 200 different compounds resulting from the depolymerisation of products treated in pyrolysis.

Pyrolysis oil remain interesting source of bio-chemicals and renewable compounds that meet significant market interest.

Billionof tyres are produced globally each year with the attendant environmental challenges. Oil and Gas remain valuable source of energy across the world with many nations seeking alternative to crude oil. Hence the growing interest in pyrolysis as a technology to convert tyres to produce valuable oil, and gas products.

Tyre pyrolysis oil is chemically very complex containing aliphatic, aromatic, hetero-atom and polar fractions. The fuel characteristics of the tyre oil shows that it is similar to a gas oil or light fuel oil and has been successfully combusted in test furnaces and engines.

The end products can be used to power diesel engine), jet oil (can perform function of Kerosene), Char (used for producing black paint and some other items), gas (that can be used to power a generator).

While more research is still ongoing to extract more products from the raw materials, a pyrolysis plant has already been built at Institute of Technology, Kwara State Polytechnic.
The project is funded by TETfund.

NIMechE Ilorin Chapter meet at the NSE Secretariat Complex located at No.1 Engineering Close, off University of Ilorin Road, Tanke, Ilorin on every 2nd Thursdays of the Month at 5pm. You can reach Chapter through nimecheilorin@gmail.com or call 08034365178, 08062820490 


NIMechE Ilorin Explores “Pyrolysis Oil, as an Alternative Source of Fuel Energy

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Monday, April 16, 2018


Nigerian Society of Engineers has revealed plan to embark on community Engineering Development Projects in Rural Areas across the six Geopolitical zones in the country.

This was contained in the address delivered by the President, Engr Adekunle Mokuolu during the 25 Year Anniversary celebration of Ikeja Branch of the NSE in Lagos.

The project, according to him, is part of his administration's focus on Corporate Social Responsibility of the Society and a means to support the rural infrastructure development.

The Initiative “will involves deployment of engineering professional manpower to rural communities across Nigeria with the objective to provide basic engineering infrastructure through voluntary service. Infrastructures like rural roads, water projects, school buildings, electrification, provision of farming implements, building of livestock ranches, poultries, and such other services that are guaranteed to foster unity and progress in our country will be involved.” Mokuolu said.

Further, he revealed that the projects are designed to be a collaborative venture between the NSE, Local Governments and the traditional institutions across the country and a transparent process of selecting six (6) remote villages, one from each of the geopolitical zones in Nigeria, for the Pilot Community Engineering Project (CEP).scheme has commenced.

He said the project is estimated to cost of N2 billion and will be funded through donation from public spirited individuals, corporate organizations, international donors and friends of engineering. He also urges the engineers to be prepared to contribute to its success through their expertise.

Earlier, he has commended the Ikeja Branch of NSE while acknowledging the roles of the Branch in the development of Engineering in the country as well as at the NSE in general. He praised the courage and tenacity of past leaders who in his words " made various personal sacrifices in combination to hard work, all in the bid to build a national umbrella organization for us.”

Indeed, for engineers, it is celebration galore in the 2018 and various milestones recorded by the engineering community. This year, the NSE  marked its 60th Anniversary on February 16; the World Federation of Engineering Organizations, WFEO (which NSE is a member), marks its 50th Anniversary while our sister engineers in Ghana also celebrated their 50th Anniversary.

Engr Mokuolu congratulated the Ikeja Branch of NSE and commended the members for their contributions to nation building different engineering practices. He challenged the Branch and its members to continue to be worthy ambassadors of the Society.

The event was attended by High Chief Dr Raymond Dospesi, COREN President, Engr Kashim Ali while Engr Joseeph Makoju, Honorary Adviser to the President/CEO of  of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote who was represented by  Engr Auwalu was the Guest Speaker at the event, Engr Olorunfemi Isaac, Former President of NSE, Engr Felicia Agubata, APWEN President, Engr Fola Akinkuotu, MD/CEO Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA; Engr Ali Rabiu (Cigarin Lafia) a former Vice President of NSE, Engr Joseph Akinteye, a Vice President of NSE and many others.

It capped the week long activities put together by the Branch to commemorate the Silver Jubilee while it also launched it History Book and honoured past leaders.

Source: MyEngineers

NIGERIAN ENGINEERS PLAN COMMUNITY ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT PROJECT IN RURAL AREAS

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SQUARE HOLES AND ROUND PEGS AS HURDLES FOR PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT BY ENGR TITI OMO-ETTU



(A speech at the Inauguration of Engr Adedamola Falade-Fatila as the 25th Chairman, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Ibadan Branch) by Titi Omo-Ettu

I imagine I may need to give some explanation of the subject matter of this short speech, as it may bring some confusing, however unintended!

When we take a plan view of a hole, we do not see a square, but a circle, and we say it is ‘round’. For a peg, what we see is a ‘square’ ( well, a rectangle strictly speaking) and not a circle. So the metaphor in the coination of my subject matter is to emphasise ‘misuse’ and all I want to demonstrate is that misuse of available human resources, even when there is adequate expertise, are hurdles to scale in building sustainable public infrastructure.

While it is common parlance to use the term “square peg in a round hole” to describe misfit, that is not my intention here. I distinguish misuse from misfit just i say that ‘square holes and round pegs’ does not say the same as ‘square peg in a round hole’.

Arguably, Nigeria has never really had any remarkable development of its public infrastructure. However, the fact is not lost on anybody that our founding fathers of the independence era had very clear ideas of how to prepare the emerging nation for greatness via infrastructure-build. When they decided to establish the independence-era regional Universities, they ensured that the Universities commenced training in engineering. And that was how the universities then at Zaria, Ile-Ife and Nsukka and later Lagos, had Faculties of Engineering very early in their lifes. Ditto for Benin, much later.

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It is necessary to ask ourselves if, almost sixty years later, any good use has been made of that vision.

I am not playing the game of grumbling or complaining about our present situation here, but to generate a discussion on an enduring malady, which can only be confronted if recognised, and hopefully make future office holders at the very top of Governments at all levels, do things differently.

Infrastructure build requires that a MODEL be identified, and GUIDELINES be set for development to be achieved. China appears to me the best example of how a country which correctly identified itself as infrastructure-deficient built models, systems, and processes to address it. Building infrastructure is all about engineering, and China is known to have insisted that its leadership in governance at all levels, must be sufficiently informed and equipped in engineering, for it to attain its goals. China has done very well with its policy of insisting that 70% of those leading governance must be engineers or those with engineering background. You may want to fact-check this statement!.

A corollary is to say that everybody in China drifts towards engineering. It didnt come by accident. It was desired, designed and delivered.

I have always believed that political heads of government Ministries should be chosen from amongst COMPETENT MANAGERS, as they are ultimately responsible for implementing the policies and programs of government. It was after studying the Chinese model that I reached the conclusion that we might not have been right after all. And what is worse, if truth be told, the requirement of ‘COMPETENCE’ has never really ruled in our circumstance. The emphasis appears to have been on SPREAD (geo political spread especially) and PATRONAGE.

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Surprisingly while we have convinced ourselves that the background of political heads of Justice and Health Ministries must be technically relevant, we do not appear to see the need for same application for infrastructure-related Ministries like Works, Technology, Transportation, Water, Energy and Communication.

With a plethora of highly-qualified folks in all areas of engineering in Nigeria, it is a matter for serious concern why the political heads of our Communications, Energy, Transport, Works, and Housing ministries are all lawyers as we speak.!

I know a few may say that the present government is not known for employing the best candidate available for doing anything, we still have to look back and see if we have really done better on matters of policy, model and guidelines for infrastructure development at any time in the past.

This is why I consider it necessary to raise the issue for public discourse so that those who emerge after this regime may have the challenge to consider doing things differently.

Going by the promises of those independence-era initiatives of our founding fathers and our experiences of recent past, the results have always been there to tell us that we have never done things right, and at no time has this been more glaring than in our current situation, where the consequences have been most noticable. This is not an attempt to challenge individuals who occupy infrastructure-reated offices, but to make us wonder how far they can go without professional background in engineering, which leads me to believe these folks are possibly overwhelmed by the responsibilities of their offices.

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In concluding, I posit that our infrastructure deficiency should be noted; and those who head Ministries that deal with infrastructure development must be engineers or those with such background.

I hope I will not be read to have said that the only qualification for those who occupy such positions is being an engineer. No i have not said so. I have only prescribed the minimum requirement.

I congratulate my new Chairman, Engr. Adedamola Falade-Fatila. May you take us to higher heights Sir.

Thank you.

Titi Omo-Ettu FAEng. FNSE.
Ibadan, Nigeria
February 23, 2018.

SQUARE HOLES AND ROUND PEGS AS HURDLES FOR PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT BY ENGR TITI OMO-ETTU

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

The three terminals under construction at the ongoing Oshodi Transport Interchange will be ready by October this year, the project Manager, Mr Abiodun Otunola, has said.

Otunola, a civil engineer with PLANET PROJECTS Construction Company, the firm handling the job, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos that speedy work was ongoing at the site to ensure the projects were delivered at as scheduled.

According to him, 70 per cent of the work has been done as the projects consist of three terminals, for interstate, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and the third meant to serve the Lagos State entirely.
“The Oshodi transport interchange will be ready by October; we are working hard to ensure prompt delivery of the project.

“Everybody working here is a Nigerian and you can see the quality of the structures and work we are doing.

“There is no design like this anywhere in the world, it is unique and a peculiar structure due to the shape and geography of this place, Oshodi.

“We tailored the design to fit the geography of the environment, so we have three terminals that take care of interstate, the BRT and the one serving Lagos state itself,’’ he said.

The engineer said that the terminals were built in such a way that passengers could link one terminal from the other.

“With this, we are solving transport, environmental and security problems in Lagos State; Oshodi that I used to know is getting shape gradually, in a few months, you will see a new Oshodi,’’ he added.
Otunola noted that Lagos residents deserved befitting and comfortable transportation facilities, especially at Oshodi, the hub and centre where people move to other states even to some West African countries.

“Before now, we discovered that there are about 17 different parks with no standard facilities like toilets, ticketing and adequate security personnel in place.

“There is no part of Nigeria that is not served from a particular spot at Oshodi, when some people say it is a mere bus stop, I laugh, they are not being realistic and not saying the truth.

“In western world, they call it terminals, either buses or train terminals with many facilities in place and I know Lagos is getting there very soon.

“So, it is going to be Lagos gift to Nigeria and the West Coast when it is fully done in terms of facilities, like Wifi, waiting area, ticketing booth, ATM points, loading bay, offices and conveniences.
“The size, population, complexity and number of destinations at the terminals are going to be more than 50 of present days motor park at Oshodi,’’ he noted.

According to him, the project will support economic development of the state and ensure that the growing population of the state have efficient public transport system.

He said that it would also ensure the safety and security of the residents as well as guarantee enhanced quality of life.

NAN reports that Mr Ladi Lawanson, the Commissioner for Transportation, had said that over 800 buses would be deployed to start operations at the recently inaugurated Ikeja Bus Terminal.

Lawanson spoke during a visit to both Ikeja and Oshodi Transport Interchange construction site recently.

According to him, the newly procured buses will enable efficient and effective transportation to classes of Lagos residents.

“The state government is coming with multi-modal and integrated transportation system which will take care of about four million people on a daily basis across the state.

“The idea is to cater for Lagos residents, especially the lower and middle classes, who cannot afford to fund their own cars every day.

“We should be expecting some buses like over 800 that Lagos State Government has procured to kick-start operation for the benefit of the residents,’’ he said.

He noted that Ikeja, the capital of Lagos State, had about 900,000 inhabitants.

“It is also a major transport hub on the Lagos mainland as it is amajor node of important corridors in Lagos such as Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, Agege Motor Road, Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Oba Akran and Awolowo Way.

NAN

Oshodi transport terminals ready by October, says Project Manager

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Saturday, April 14, 2018


Life was rosy according to my siblings until mother earth parted in mystery. I never enjoyed the caring attitude oozing from a mother. My dad never returned to Port Harcourt town after that and that was how I ended up in my hamlet as a village champion who spent his nursery, primary and secondary school in the village and you know what it means to live a village life,a life of no academic competition.
Though in my early life in primary school I had a dream to become a prolific engineer despite all the odds.

Fast forwarding the topic, at my Junior Secondary School,there were no learning ropes for us to enrol in Physics class as it's a prerequisite subject for engineering. Our School never had a school Physics subject teacher. A Maths teacher was just assisting us on transient in form 4 and I learned in little ways to find my own way.

So,immediately at JSS 3 class (form 3), knowing that I was in a world of bushes,with my cutlass I cut the crap and began to dig my own path. I started with Nelkon Advanced Physics at my disposal because "I'm the tough when the going gets tough".
That is one reason they call me Athan.

I told myself to be a master I must know every topic,practise and solve every question in the exercise.

I immersed myself into deep studies,practised exercises as a voracious reader. That was where my deep thinking and reasoning began. Before I got to the SS3 class I had covered 3 different textbooks on Physics.

A remarkable day came which I will never forget. I encountered a practice problem in one of the topics on Physics: Heat.
It took me 7 days to solve. I had a conviction to solve every problem I encounter on my way.

On the day of perfection, That night on my bed,as I was just going through the problem in my mind,I even have a Poem: "The real world in my mind", I slept off. In my dream,I had a dream clever by half, where I got my inspiration to write a poem: "A dream clever by half". I solved the problem in my dream and I woke up immediately to start having a day dream until I got the solution to the problem.
I was convinced to tell my colleague then, his Nickname: Newton that solving the problem had made me a master in Physics. That was how Physics became part of my life and will be as I live.

To prove my mastery, I wrote different exams on Physics not just for me alone and the results were all A1s. It's on record.
With that,I got another inspiration for another powerful poem: "Building Calluses on every side". It's all there on Google search engine when you type the name: Athan Oparaji! Or you can follow me on Instagram or Facebook to read them. I have a lot to sprinkle to mankind. What's driving me is unfathomable,I can't even explain it,so please don't look at the vessel but what's in the vessel.
I built calluses on every side and the tough things became easy as I became mastery of every side.

Finally,I enrolled into Federal University of Technology Owerri,the best university in the world because we were given little and we optimized,the world of great minds to achieve my dream as a competent prolific engineer. I studied one of the toughest and vast engineering courses, though we were in a maze at some point,we still came out with a big maize: great success.

Athan Oparaji is a Trained Engineer, Poet & Creative Picturesque Writer

How I got the important tool that screwed me into my dream: an engineer! by Atan Oparaji

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The Nigerian Society of Engineer has called on the Federal Government to come up with a sound national policy that could trigger in industrialization. The current policy it’s observed lacks the participatory approach needed for industrialization to take place.

Only Sound National policy with participatory Approach can lead to Industrialization – NSE

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Friday, April 13, 2018


Two of the world’s biggest computing and data tech giants, Google and Apple, have announced within days of each other that they are now meeting all of their electricity demand with renewable energy, in one way or another.First came Google, with a blog post on April 4 declaring that the company’s total purchase of energy from renewable sources of mainly wind and solar exceeded the amount of electricity it used across its global operations in 2017, including its offices and those energy guzzling data centres.As the blog is careful to note, Google doesn’t claim to be 100 per cent renewable powered – “because it’s not yet possible to ‘power’ a company of our scale by 100 per cent renewable energy.”Powering existing data centres directly with 100 per cent renewables is particularly difficult, considering that most of them are grid connected.

Rather, explains Google’s president of technical infrastructure, Urs Hölzle, it means that “for every kilowatt-hour of electricity we consumed, we purchased a kilowatt-hour of renewable energy from a wind or solar farm that was built specifically for Google.“This makes us the first public Cloud, and company of our size, to have achieved this feat,” he said.

It also makes Google is the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy in the world, the company claims.“Today, we have contracts to purchase 3GW of output from renewable energy projects; no corporate purchaser buys more renewable energy than we do,” Hölzle added.“To date, our renewable energy contracts have led to over $3 billion in new capital investment around the world.”And it will have to keep up the good work. 

According to Google’s head of energy strategy, Neha Palmer, the company’s energy demand growth has been in the double digits for the past six years, and will likely continue on that trajectory.“Investing in renewables makes sense for our business,” she told the Financial Times. “These are long-term transactions with fixed prices . . . the prices in some markets are competitive or even lower than conventional power.

”But the next major renewables goal for Google, says Hölzle, is to get it to a point where renewables and other carbon-free energy sources “actually power our operations every hour of every day.”“It will take a combination of technology, policy and new deal structures to get there, but we’re excited for the challenge. We can’t wait to get back to work.”Apple’s Cupertino HQ is powered by 100% renewables, in part from the 17MW rooftop solar installation. Source: AppleThen comes Apple, which in its own blog, published five days later on April 9, announced that all of its global facilities – retail stores, offices and data centres across 43 countries – were now powered with 100 percent clean energy.“After years of hard work we’re proud to have reached this significant milestone,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.

“We’re going to keep pushing the boundaries of what is possible with the materials in our products, the way we recycle them, our facilities and our work with suppliers to establish new creative and forward-looking sources of renewable energy because we know the future depends on it.”According to the blog, Apple currently has 25 renewables projects in operation around the world, totalling 626MW – a massive 286MW of which was added in 2017, in solar PV alone.

The company also has 15 more projects in construction which, once built, will add up to more than 1.4GW of renewable energy generation across 11 countries.This pipeline includes plans to build a new data centre in Waukee, Iowa, that will run entirely on renewables from day one.And a partnership with Japanese solar company Daini Denryoku to install more than 300 rooftop solar systems to generate a combined 18,000 megawatt-hours a year — enough to power more than 3,000 Japanese homes. 

Google, Apple smash their 100% renewable electricity goals

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