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7 killed as bridge failed in Kano

 No fewer than seven people were killed in Kano on Sunday when a pedestrian bridge at Dorayi quarters, Kano, collapsed, the state Police Command said. The command’s Public Relations Officer, Magaji Majiya, confirmed the incident in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria. Mr. Majiya said the incident happened around 4:45 p.m. when the bridge, which was still under construction, caved in and collapsed on a car, which was passing underneath it. “The workers at the site had warned motorists not to pass because they were working on the bridge but the driver of the taxi allegedly ignored the warning. “So, the moment he moved; before he passed, the bridge caved in and collapsed on the vehicle, which led to the death of seven persons,’’ the police spokesperson said. According to him, the vehicle has since been evacuated from the scene while the corpses have been deposited at a hospital morgue. Mr. Majiya said the police had also commenced investigation into the cause of the in

APWEN tasks govt on improved electricity, water provision

The provision of adequate electricity and enough safe water, are not negotiable, if Nigeria dreams of becoming a great nation will become real in the nearest future. Meeting the millennium development goals in these areas will demand conscious involvement of women at all levels Nigerian women under the Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN) have urged involvement of its members in the nation’s drive towards improving electricity and water provision. The women at an event in Lagos to mark the 2015 International Women’s Day (IWD), unanimously agreed that though the nation has been making efforts to overcome the constraints to solving the problem of power and water provision, it was, however, regrettable that majority of women engineers are not involved in the process.    At the hall of the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), APWEN Lagos Chapter chairman, Mrs. Muili Nimot, while addressing her colleagues justified why the group chose

GE Partners Clarke Energy as Diesel Engine Distributor For Nigeria

Clarke Energy Nigeria – General Electric’s Distributed Power business yesterday announced that it has signed an agreement with U.K.-based Clarke Energy to serve as GE’s first authorized distributor for diesel sales and services with responsibility for stationary power generation in Nigeria. The agreement comes as GE continues to rapidly expand its reciprocating engines technology offerings. In 2014, GE’s Distributed Power business introduced its new 2.6-megawatt (MW) 616 diesel engine and also integrated GE Transportation’s proven 228 and 250 diesel engine product lines for stationary power generation into its growing diesel engine portfolio. “Our new agreement with Clarke Energy will strengthen our ability to meet the growing demand for distributed power in Australia, Nigeria and India, particularly in various industrial sectors,” said Darryl Wilson, vice president and chief commercial officer for GE’s Distributed Power business—GE Power & Water. “Having a reliable and r

Economic viability: NSE vows to intensify agenda setting on engineering practice

The Nigerian Society of Engineers, (NSE), has reiterated its resolve to escalate agenda setting for the in-coming administration both at the federal and state levels towards embracing the study and practice of engineering in the country towards the nation’s economic growth, wrote  Miriam Humbe. President of NSE, Engr. Ademola Isaac Olorunfemi made the resolve during a press briefing hinged on burning national issues and agenda setting for the incoming political administration about to be voted into office. “There is no doubting the fact that every nation that has become great in the last three centuries, without exception, has had to seriously encourage the study and practice of engineering which has over the centuries, led to the physical and economic development of such nations,” he said. While citing the examples of developing nations like South Korea, China, Malaysia and Singapore, Engr. Olorunfemi said “the application of engineering provides us with the necessary

Politics Of Fuel Stares at Buhari by Dr. SKC Ogbonnia

The politics of fuel ignited the downfall of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. The politics of fuel will ultimately ignite the success or failure of the second coming of General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd). Perhaps the defeat of Jonathan in the March 28, 2015 presidential election has continued to appear like a weird dream, especially to those familiar with his goodwill, but the murky images become clear once the politics of fuel pops up. The burning issue inflamed when Jonathan tinkered with a national oil subsidy program in the spring of 2012. The fear of increase in pump prices sparked public outcry and mass protests. This situation not only paralyzed the economy, it also helped to expose massive corruption in the subsidy scheme. Even worse, it effortlessly ruptured the balloon of public trust initially inflated by a cocktail of constant promises and the myth of a legendary luck. The president later restored some aspects of the subsidy quite alright, but the damage was already done

2015 Engineering Games: Call for entry

We are pleased to inform you that the 2015 National Engineering Games (NEGG) is here again. The games to be contested for are: 1. Dart 2. Chess 3. Scrabble 4. Squash 5. Tennis 6. Table Tennis 7. Badminton 8. Cycling 9. Golf 10. Football 11. Ayo We have written to all Branch Chairmen to collate names of interested members of our Society who are financially up to date with the events they intend to participate. Please co-operate with your branch to enable us receive the list of participants on or before 30th April, 2015. For Golfers, please send your names and your handicaps to enable the Golf Club make necessary arrangements to accommodate your handicaps. For further inquiry, please call the Games Co-ordinator, Engr Bankole Yakubu on 07088587194, Email: wale_yaksbankole@yahoo.com, or Secretary of the Committee, Prince Chung on 08068131442, Email: princechungg@yahoo.com. Signed PRINCE CHUNG Secretary For: Nigerian Society of Engineers

Vacancy: Process Engineer

Job Overview The Process Engineer will report to the Senior Process Engineer and be responsible for assisting in Pipeline design elements for major offshore, onshore and subsea projects using a range of codes and standards, including API, DNV and ISO. The candidate will be knowledgeable in Pipeline design, technology, installation, field development, FEED studies, Conceptual work and front end studies. The desired candidate will be involved in aspects of project phases through conceptual development, design, and installation. The candidate will ensure that he’s deliverables agree with timelines and are within budget. He/she will be attending meetings and communicating with other teams on project specific pipeline issues, liaise with clients and provide leadership and mentoring to junior staff and Interns. Roles & Responsibilities Experience: The candidate must have at least Five (5) years relevant post qualification experience in the Pipeline design engineering function of a

Osogbo NSE Celebrated Engr Mayen Adetiba

The Osogbo Branch of NSE have sent out a hearty congratulation to Engr Mrs Mayen Adetiba, a Fellow of Nigerian Society of Engineers and one of the influential and key female engineers in Nigeria. Born on April 17th, golden years ago, Engr. Mrs. Mayen M. Adetiba-a native of Ibiono LG, Akwa Ibom,  was born in Ilorin though grown up in Lagos. She is a recognised Structural Engineer and was educated at Columbia and Cornell Universities, United States of America. Mrs Adetiba was once a President of the Association of Consulting Engineers, ACEN as the first female engineer to lead that office. She also served as the Vice President of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC). She was also the first female Engineer to be elected into the Executive Committee of NSE was also a one time Vice-President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers. She is a Fellow of several professional bodies including Nigerian Institute of Management, Nigerian Institute of Structural Engineer

Shell to buy BG Group in $69.7 billion takeover

Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to buy British gas producer BG Group for 47 billion pounds ($69.7 billion) in cash and stock, the companies announced Wednesday. The move gives oil giant Shell a greater stake in natural gas markets in the wake of tumbling oil prices. Consolidations through takeovers and mergers are among the ways energy companies are seeking to reduce costs and become more efficient as oil prices have slumped. A joint statement said the boards of both companies are recommending that shareholders approve the deal that will create a more competitive, stronger company for both sets of shareholders in today's volatile oil price world. Shell said the takeover will add 25 percent to its proved oil and gas reserves and 20 percent to production compared with 2014, and boost its position in new oil and gas projects in Australia and Brazil. "Bold, strategic moves shape our industry," Shell CEO Ben van Beurden said. "BG and Shell are a great fit. This tran

The fossil fuel conundrum: Why does the public love to hate the industry they can’t live without? by Bart Stafford

Massive and on-going advances in our lives (↑ life expectancy, ↓ hunger, ↑innovation, ↑work efficiency, etc.) can be directly correlated to the widespread commercial use of fossil fuels as they began to power the Industrial Revolution in the early 1800s. Few informed individuals would deny that the energy provided by fossil fuels is still necessary to maintain and continue improving our standard of living in developed countries, as well as providing the energy necessary to bring those same improvements to developing countries. The fossil fuel extraction industry continues to reliably produce their life-enhancing product, and yet it is among the most vilified industries on the planet today. This apparent contradiction is even more remarkable when you consider the historical frame: an industry whose product has literally changed our world for the better in so many ways was born, has matured and then fallen to widespread public contempt in less than 200 years. How can this be the cas

LinkedIn just purchased Lynda.com, an online learning company, for $1.5

LinkedIn just purchased Lynda.com, an online learning company, for $1.5 billion, the company announced on Thursday. Founded in 1995 by Lynda Weinman and her husband, Bruce Heavin, Lynda.com lets users learn business, technology, software, and creative skills through videos. Individuals can access Lynda on their own, but corporations and schools can purchase subscriptions too. Weinman serves as the company's executive chairman. Eric Robison has been Lynda.com's since 2007. Previously he worked at the consulting firm IdeaTrek and Paul Allen's Vulcan Inc. "This is a moment in history when people can learn anytime, anywhere, and with no boundaries. We believe in LinkedIn's future stewardship and vision and feel that we have found a perfect cultural fit for our mission," Weinman wrote on LinkedIn. The deal, a cash-stock blend, is expected to close sometime this quarter, according to a press release. Most of Lynda.com'sloyees will join LinkedIn. The

Dangote, Saipem announce Joint Venture in Central and West Africa

Africa’s leading indigenous conglomerate, Dangote Industries Limited has announced a multi-million dollar Joint Venture agreement with Saipem, the Italian engineering and construction giants. The agreement has given birth to a new company named Saipem-Dangote E&C. According to a statement from Dangote Group, the company, Saipem-Dangote E&C is a significant new player in the Nigerian and Central/West African market, with high technical and financial capabilities. The statement quoted Group Executive Director, Dangote Group, Mr. Devakumar Edwin as saying that the new Company aims to secure complex Engineering & Construction projects and to execute them at the highest levels of efficiency in terms of costs and timing, while maintaining sufficient flexibility to adapt to different project requirements. Saipem and Dangote Group have a track record of successful collaboration, drawing on the strengths and competences of both Companies. Dangote’s financial strength, exper

Quality infrastructure key to economic development – Engineers

Engineers in the country have said that there is a direct correlation between the quality of infrastructure and national health, productivity and sustainable development. Some of them, who spoke at the fourth Annual Infrastructure Asset Summit Africa 2015 in Lagos, noted that quality sustainable infrastructure was a pre-requisite for developing economic strength. The President, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Mr. Ademola Olorunfemi, said it was squarely the responsibility of engineers and public policy leaders to deploy relevant sustainable infrastructure systems and knowledge to operate and maintain them in a manner that would add value to the life of citizens and the economy. He said, “We cannot run away from this responsibility. 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/sm