Friday, July 28, 2017

FOR NSE ORLU BRANCH, IT IS A NEW BRAND NEW START AS HISTORY BECKONS

On Saturday, July 29 the Engineering Community would be officially welcoming a New Branch into the existing Branches of the Nigerian Society of Engineers. The Event is also expected to serve as the Investiture of its First Chairman, Engr Chidozie John Okereke. 
Scheduled for 10 am at Eastern park Hotel, Amaifeke Orlu Local Government, in Imo state, the event is expected to have the President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Otis Anyaeji in attendance. While Prof. Okechukwu Ukwuoma of National Centre for Technology Management, will deliver the inaugural address.
Orlu Branch, A long Road to actualisation
Nigerian society of Engineers Orlu Branch was initiated under the inspiration of Engr Sir Chukwuemeka Celestine Ugoanyanwu, of NSE Owerri Branch who campaigned for the establishment of additional two Branches of the NSE in Orlu and Okigwe, to ease off congested Owerri Branch and create more opportunities for Engineering graduates and practitioners in these cities who have not been able to associate with the only Branch in Imo state due to lack of propinquity and having been the only existing Branch in the state for the past 37 years of its creation.
A six man committee was constituted called “New Branch Nurture Committee” to liaise with other Engineers in the neighboring City of Orlu. The Committee was saddled with responsibility of mobilising the Engineers in Orlu town and its environs with a view of seeking for approval for the establishing of a Branch in Orlu to coordinate and harness the activities of Engineers in the city, contribute their professional development and overall infrastructural development of the city and its environs.
The committee held its first meeting with other Engineers in Orlu at the Office of Head of works Department Orlu L.G.A secretariat. However, It later  request to the then Transition committee Chairman of Orlu Local government Barrister Mrs. Ijeoma Igboanusi for allocation of space to engineers at the LG, was  approved and hence, the Orlu Engineers meeting place and office secured.
The approval for official establishment of the Orlu Branch of NSE was approved by the Council of Nigerian Society Engineers at her 417th Council meeting in Abuja on 11th day of May, 2017 as the 66th Branch of this Distinguished Society, presided over by Engr Otis Oliver Anyaeji, FNSE, FAEng, The president of Nigerian Society of Engineers.
Here we are, together as we officially inaugurate the New Branch with Engr Chidozie John Okereke as the pioneer Branch Chairman. 
Top on our agenda shall be a renewed commitment to the promotion of Engineering profession, getting a permanent Site for the Branch, having an Examination/Training Center to sustain our membership drive, the Welfare and career of members, to be among the leading branches in NSE and a bus for the Branch etc. – Engr Chidozie Okereke
What You Don’t Know about Engr Chidozie Okereke
1. Chidozie John Okereke was born in Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria to the Family of Late Mazi Lawrence Okereke and Mrs. Comfort Okereke from Arondizuogu, Ideato North LGA, Imo state. He obtained his Primary School Leaving Certificate at St. Bartholomew Primary School Asata, Enugu and proceeded to Dennis Memorial Grammar School, Onitsha, Anambra State where he got his Senior Secondary School Certificate in June 1997. 
2. Engr Chidozie obtained his First degree in 2003 from Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu State where he studied Chemical Engineering. He did his National Youth Service with Stafford Chemical and Industries Ltd, Agbara, Ogun State and Consolidated Foods and Beverages, Okoko, Lagos State (all subsidiary of Doyin Group of Companies).
3. Engr. Chidozie started his working career as Chemical Engineer with the Imo State Ministry of Petroleum & Environment, Owerri in the Petroleum Department in 2006 and was involved in the supervision and monitoring of activities in the Oil and Gas Sector in Imo state as an Oil producing State. His duties are not limited only to:  Monitoring of all Oil Spillage Issues (Inspection, Containment, Remediation, Clean-up and Post Clean-up); Inspection and Pollution Monitoring; Sampling of all Remediated Spill sites; Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Participation in any oil project in the State; Conflict Resolution between Oil Companies and their host Communities; Supervision of all on-going seismic and drilling operations in the State; Monitoring of  all Petrochemical matters; Monitored claims made by host communities and their Compensation  and Enumeration; Environmental Auditing {EA} of facilities in the State etc. He have participated in more than 40 Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)’S. Engr Chidozie also studied Solid waste Management at United Nations Environment program International Technology Center, Japan 
4. He is a member of the Member, Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE);a Member, Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers (NSChE); a Member, Nigerian Institute of Polymer Engineers; a Member, Nigerian Environmental Society (NES) and a registered Engineer by the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigerian (COREN).
5. He has served the Engineering profession in various capacities among which are:-AT NATIONAL LEVEL Member, Young Engineers Development Committee, Member of the Panel, C1 Interview for Enugu Center, Member, Conference Planning Committee (Akure 2015);  Member, Finance & Budget Monitoring Committee- 2015, Member, Engineers Regulation & Monitoring Committee – 2015; Member, Conference Planning Committee (Akure 2015) – 2015; Member, Group Dynamics for Branch Competition Committee- 2016-date; Member, Finance & Budget Monitoring Committee- 2016; Member, Accreditation Committee- 2016 Member, Process Committee- 2016-date; Member, Federal Budget Appraisal & Implementation Committee   – 2017
6. AT NSE, OWERRI BRANCH. He served as: Secretary, Technical Committee- March, 2010; Assistant Technical Secretary- Feb., 2010; Financial Secretary- 2010 – 2011; Member, Luncheon/Induction Committee- 2011; Member, Welfare/Social Committee- 2010 – 2011; Local Content Committee- 2012; Assistant Team Manager, NSE Heartland Engineers Football Club (Owerri Branch Came 2nd)- 2012; Member, Finance Committee – 2013; General Secretary, Owerri Branch-Feb.2012 – August, 2014; Co-Chairman, Business Luncheon, Annual Dinner &Award Committee- 2016; Member, Professional Development/Membership Mobilization Committee- 2016; Member, EGM/AGM Branch Movement Committee-2016Ex-officio II – August 2016-2017
7. His hobbies include reading, taking photographs and traveling is happily married and blessed with Children.
Additional reports by Engr Gerald Okwe, General Secretary.

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