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NSE writes Ag President, Goodluck Jonathan

The Nigerian Society of Engineers has written the Acting President advising him on how to support and use engineering to move the country forward. In a letter signed by the President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Engr. Olumuyiwa Alade Ajibola, the society called on the Acting President to ensure that round pegs are put in round holes. The letter read in part: ‘One of the proven strategies is to put round pegs in round holes, especially in the appointment of Ministers and Heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies for the Engineering based establishments. It is our strong view that Mr. President can select Ministers and Heads of key Departments and Agencies from a pool of resourceful national experts, with assistance from national professional and business associations relevant to the different sectors, without prejudice to their political activities. Great Nations of the world have emerged through the application of their professional talents, to drive Government developme

NICE registered with the World Council of Civil Engineers (WCCE)

The World Council of Civil Engineers (WCCE) at its last general assembly on June 26th 2009 in Madrid Spain has approved the application of NICE for membership. The Institution is now an affiliate member of WCCE in the category of “National Member” with effect from 1st July, 2009. With this approval, the Institution will now represent the interest of our profession in workshops & seminar organize by WCCE anywhere around the world including the Council’s yearly general assembly as well as stand the opportunity of educating it members with major up-to-date development in civil engineering profession around the globe. The National Chairman, Engr. Dr. Olatunji salute the assistance of the NSE President Engr. K. A. Ali

Microsoft To Assist Small Scale Farmers

Microsoft co-founder turned philanthropist Bill Gates on Thursday announced 120 million dollars in grants to help small-scale farmers in Africa and India improve their lives through sustainable agriculture. The grants, announced on the eve of World Food Day, are from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the philanthropic organization co-chaired by Gates and his wife. "Three-quarters of the world's poorest people get their food and income by farming small plots of land," Gates said as he announced grants to nine projects, mostly in Africa, during a speech to the World Food Prize Symposium in Iowa. "So if we can make small-holder farming more productive and more profitable, we can have a massive impact on hunger and nutrition and poverty." Gates also paid tribute to the late Norman Borlaug, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who is often called the father of the Green Revolution and who has been credited with saving hundreds of millions of lives by developi

The state of the profession

Fellow Engineers, Let me first begin by saying that I a sorry that though I was one of the foundation members of this group, I have not been able to contribute to the group until today. I went to the group and I found out that some many of our members are either angry or frustrated with the profession. While some, mostly young Engineers has been pouring out their frustrations and blame the NSE and COREN for their woes. I want you to indulge me by letting me remind those of you who compare our profession with Law, Medicine and Banking that we are missing a vital point. All over the world, Engineers has to battle the same problems. However, unlike in this part of the world, we have government that will not listen, industries that is not functioning and people that are ultra-negative in their approaches to the problems they are facing as a professionals. I am one of those privileged to have been on board of NSE Branch executives for more than three years, and in my time, I was also pri

Bulgarian Academy Scientists Reported to Be in Touch with Aliens

Scientists from the Space Research Institute of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) have been reported to be in touch with extraterrestrial beings. The Bulgarian Novinar Daily has reported that the Bulgarian scientists are currently working on deciphering pictograms which are said to have come in the form of the so called “crop circles” with which the aliens answered 30 questions posed by the BAS researchers. “They are currently all around us, and are watching us all the time. They are not hostile towards us; rather, they want to help us but we have not grown enough in order to establish direct contact with them. They are ready to help us but we don’t know what to request from them in case of contact,” said Lachezar Filipov, Deputy Director of the Space Research Institute of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, as quoted by the Novinar Daily. Filipov has said that even the Vatican had agreed that aliens existed. In his words, the humans are not going to be able to establish con

Engineers Get Crash Course on Quake Damage Assessment

Reporting from Port-Au-Prince, Haiti - Hector Marie Suze and her family have bunked on a bare lot with 22 other families since the Jan. 12 earthquake here toppled two interior walls and big patches of ceiling plaster in her home. The building appears inhabitable, but Suze still refuses to sleep indoors because she is afraid the continuing aftershocks will finish the job. "I want a specialist to come and say, officially, that I can come in," said Suze, 47. Help is on the way. U.S. structural engineers, including earthquake specialists from California, are putting their Haitian counterparts through a crash course on how to assess earthquake damage and determine whether a property is safe to live in. The immediate goal is to get thousands of displaced residents to move back into houses that are livable, relieving pressure on the 300-plus impromptu encampments before the impending spring rains. An untold number of people are living in tents or under tarps even though thei