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CELEBRATING OUR OWN: A GREAT ICON @ 70

Happening live in Lagos; Pls. keep a date with us for the update. Engr. Ette of EtteAro and Partners. B.Sc (Civil), M.Sc (Highway), M.Sc. (Brg.), C.Eng. FNSE, MICE, MIHT, F.A. Eng, FNI.Struct.E, Dip.Th. Rev. Engr. Etteh, OFR, is a professional engineer and a minister of religion with the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria. A selfless man who started his professional career as a civil engineer in 1964 with Messrs Ove-Arup & Partners. He left Ove-Arup & Partners in 1970 to establish Etteh Aro& Partners with his University classmate, colleague, brother and friend Late. Engr. Lawrence Arokodare.Etteh, who graduated with a B.Sc in Civil Engineering (Zaria, 1964), also holds aM.Sc in Highways (Surrey, 1969) and Bridges (Surrey, 1973). He is COREN registered and a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, (1981) and the Academy of Engineers. He became a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK, 1975) and was awarded a National Honour in recognition of the numerous cont

We will correct past neglect of science and technology to boost economy – Buhari

Buhari slams Jonathan’s administration over Chibok girlsPresident Muhammadu Buhari pledged Monday in Abuja that his administration will take concrete actions to correct the neglect of research, science and technology by past governments. Speaking after receiving a briefing on the activities of the Ministry of Science and Technology, President Buhari declared that his administration will dedicate more resources and energy to the sector because no country could make progress without serious commitment to the development of science and technology. The President said that he will fully encourage the work of the Ministry of Science and Technology because innovations from the various research institutes under its supervision could also impact positively on industrial development and manufacturing in Nigeria. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita had enumerated several challenges hindering its effectiveness, including perennial poor funding and the lack of r

Boy invents drone that has the ability to fire a handgun

Footage has emerged of a seemingly lethal home-made drone opening fire in the woods. The demonstration video, apparently made by a teenager in Connecticut, shows a robotic device with four rotor engines firing four shots in succession. Each time the handgun is fired, the drone is knocked back some distance, but remains stable enough to discharge a bullet once every three seconds. The drone, seemingly made by Connecticut teen Austin Haughwout, was filmed firing four bullets Attack: The device, pictured above releasing a cartridge after firing a round, remains stable and is able to fire roughly once every three seconds The 14-second clip appears to be the work of Austin Haughwout, an 18-year-old from Clinton, Connecticut, who runs the YouTube account to which the video was posted last week. 'Inventor': The drone is thought to be the work of Austin Haughwout, a teenager from Clinton, Connecticut He entitled the video 'Flying Gun', and wrote the following desc

THE ENGINNER WHO DESIGNED BANANA ISLAND

  Banana Island Ikoyi Lagos was design by Engr. (Chief) Adeleke Adebayo the father of popular and famous musician "Davido" Omo baba olowo. Banana Island, is an area of Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria, 8.6 kilometres east of Tafawa Balewa Square. Part of the Lagos Local Government Area of Eti-Osa in Central Lagos, it is known for its wealthy, multi-cultural community and has some of the most expensive real estate in Nigeria. Banana Island has one of the highest density of millionaires within its boundaries. According to the Elites Magazine, this beautiful island has become the most preferred abode of the rich. Many years ago, Banana Island distinguished itself as a no go area for the middle class, leaving the rest of Lagos such as Ikeja GRA, Victoria Island and Lekki for the average millionaires in Lagos. A first time visitor to this island is greeted by the sight of well laid lawns with beautiful flowers and well paved roads. The quietude and untainted environment is a major attr

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Post-sanctions Iran initially won’t shake markets up, executive says

Iran’s resumption of oil and gas exports, once sanctions are lifted under the recently negotiated nuclear limits agreement, probably won’t flood global markets initially, the chief executive officer of Crescent Petroleum forecasts. Majid Jafar said Iran Petroleum Minister Bijan Zangeneh has said he wants to increase the country’s crude oil production to more than 4 million b/d in the near future, and plans to unveil National Iranian Oil Co.’s new petroleum contract in late August. “I think Iran can achieve this, but it won’t be easy—and it won’t have as big an impact as it might have had in the 1990s when there weren’t so many other options,” Jafar said during a July 22 address at the Atlantic Council. NIOC reportedly is trying to reform its contract terms to attract new outside investment, but faces considerable challenges similar to other countries in the region that have state-owned oil companies, Jafar explained. “Success won’t be about having a better financial return, bu

Policy inconsistencies inimical to electricity market reforms — Seun Faluyi

Energy expert, Mr Seun Faluyi has lamented that policy inconsistencies, process delays and labour union influences are major issues that can disrupt and create market confusion in the power sector reforms. Faluyi, Managing Consultant, Aloe & Squires, Nigeria made this revelation while speaking on Electricity Market Reforms: Lessons for Africa – Insights from the Nigerian Power Sector Reform at the just conclude Africa Utility week and clean power conference in Cape Town, south Africa. According to him Process delays can be costly and painful and the Labour union influences should not be underestimated in any Electricity Market Reforms in Africa. He noted that Other issues  that can aid good Electricity Market Reforms in Africa include dynamic  business plans, immediate attention on human performance issues and required  Strong financial and  risk management capabilities. He said that  Regulatory conflicts can be intense but regulatory independence cannot be assumed as Pri

SPECIAL INVITATION TO THE 2015 NIMechE FELLOWSHIP AWARD CEREMONY

Distinguished Colleagues, SPECIAL INVITATION TO THE 2015 NIMechE FELLOWSHIP AWARD CEREMONY The Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers ( NIMechE) , being the central organization for Mechanical Engineers, was established to ascertain that Mechanical Engineers maintain a high standard of professional practice and uphold the ethics of the profession for the advancement of Mechanical Engineering in the overall interest of the larger society. The Institution is awarding Fellowship to highly referred members with proven integrity, who have distinguished themselves in the practice of Mechanical Engineering over the years. You are therefore specially invited to grace the occasion which is scheduled as follows: Date:        Thursday, 30th July 2015 Time:        10:00 am  Prompt . Venue:      Governor's Hall, Leisure Spring Hotel, Osogbo  While looking forward to receiving you, please accept the assurance of my highest regards. Please call the Admin Secretary on: 

National Career Fair, Experts Counsel Mechanical Engineering Students as BUK comes first in Competition

Three Lecturers, over a hundred students, over 10 tertiary institutions…. One city! That is the atmosphere at the Engr. Ishmael A, Banigo’s secretariat, Nigeria Society of Engineers, PH. Branch in Port Harcourt as the NIMechE organizes her fist Career Fairs for the Mechanical Engineering Students in the country. HRM Eze Robinson O Robinson (Eze Ekpeye Logbo ii, Ekpeye land)—Father of the day, Engr Chief A.C. Uchime MNSE,MNIMechE ---Incoming NIMechE  P.H. Chapter Chairman, All the Incoming P.H. Chapter Executives, and the delegation of National Council of NIMechE led by Engr U.P.N Nzurumike,the Deputy National Chairman of NIMechE, who represented the National Chairman, Prof. A. A. Bello at the event. Aside the Deputy National Chairman, others from NIMechE are; Engr. K. Theophillus-Johnson FNSE — P.H Branch Chairman NSE(NSE PRES REP), Engr Richard Etim MNSE,MNIMechE, National General secretary,  NIMechE, Engr Kenneth Ohuaregbe, MNSE,MNIMechE, Nat Membership Services Sec, NIMechE

Nigeria's NNPC bans 113 oil tankers

Nigeria's state oil company NNPC has banned 113 oil tankers from the country's waters in an effort to crack down on illegal crude oil trading. A letter circulated by NNPC cited a directive from President Muhammadu Buhari. The vessels, which include mainly VLCC crude oil tankers, are banned from calling at Nigerian crude oil terminals and also from Nigerian waters. The letter states that the directive, which takes effect immediately, will be "pending a notice to the contrary by government." The letter was dated 15 July. The list includes several tankers that have recently called at Nigerian crude oil ports, but also those that have not for years, traders said. The reason for the ban was not stated in the letter, but traders said it was an effort to crack down on illegal crude oil trading. According to the statement signed by Gbenga Komolafe, Group General Manager, Crude Oil Marketing Division, NNPC, stated that the tankers were banned from entering Niger

Exchange Of Knowledge Is Needed In Tertiary Institutions – Prof. Bogoro

Nigerians might not need to bother on specialised universities for now according to the Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Prof Suleiman Bogoro, but rather on quality of teachers, publications and laboratories, teaching aids, learning environment, ICT service facilities and competitive index among others. He spoke with Kuni Tyessi in an exclusive interview Proprietors of private institutions have been calling on the federal government to intervene in their institutions through TETFund and their argument, some say does not hold water. What is your opinion on this? My position and that of my organisation remains consistent and it is informed by historical and economical realities as well as social responsibilities towards others. Each time I have an opportunity to speak on this, I try to make it clear that from 1993- 2011, 2% tax fund that eventually became education fund was applied to the entire strata of the education sector but government

Engr Olorunfemi Isaac leads NSE to RCCG's ongoing 3KM by 3KM AUDITORIUM

The Nigerian Society of Engineers, under the leadership of its 29th President, Engr. Ademola Isaac Olorunfemi, FNSE was on a working visit to the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor E. A. Adeboye recently.  part of the activities marked for the visit was the inspection tour of the ongoing 3 Km by 3 Km Auditorium project embarked upon by the church.  Though unavoidably absent due to very busy schedules, the General Overseer, Pastor E. O. Adeboye was ably represented by Prof. Pastor Aboaba, a renowned Professor of Engineering, who warmly received the NSE team. Expressing the GO's profound apologies and prayers for us. He led the delegate to the site along with the the Project Manager, Engr. Kumapayi who was the tour guide. Prof. Aboaba explained that on completion, the 12-million seater 3x3 Km auditorium is to replace the 1.5-million seater 1.5x0.8 Km auditorium presently in use by the church.  The NSE team observed that despite the ga

Osun surveillance helicopter to launch soon — Aregbesola

Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has said the surveillance helicopter purchased by his administration would soon be given the necessary assistance it requires by the Federal Government. According to a statement made available to our correspondent by the media aide, to the governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, on Saturday, the governor said this when the Police Community Relations Committee paid him a courtesy visit. The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Osun State, Mr. Gboyega Famodun, had on June 22, accused the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan of frustrating the plan of the governor to put the chopper into use to assist security agencies in surveillance. Famodun said the FG-controlled Nigerian Communications Commission refused to provide the special code for the helicopter to be linked with ground equipment provided by the state government for surveillance. But Aregbesola said, “With the recent government at the centre, the helicopter we

African countries need to collaborate in the defence sector by KEITH CAMPBELL

African countries should cooperate more in defence, including defence technology and the defence industry, in order to strengthen the continent’s sovereignty, peace and development. So argued South African Defence acquisitions, disposals and research and development agency Armscor board chairperson and retired South African Navy Vice Admiral Johannes Mudimu in his opening address at the recent Land Forces Africa 2015 conference and exhibition in Pretoria. “I stand before you against a background of a troubled Africa,” he told the assembled delegates. He cited major terrorist attacks in a number of African countries in recent months and days, including in Egypt, Kenya and Tunisia. He noted there had been attacks on government officials, members of the security forces and civilians. He also cited, as an example of a different kind of problem, the current instability in Lesotho. He noted that it had been thought that this problem had been overcome; however, the former head of the

SEPTEMBER 2015 CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION NOW OPEN

This is to inform the general public and prospective member that the application into September 2015 Corporate Application is now open. Please read the instruction guide below carefully before proceeding to start your application. Click here to visit the application portal Click on GET STARTED button to start the registration process Choose your category of application. (Please be sure to know the category you belong to before filling the application, choosing the wrong category may lead to cancellation of the application process. The Category description are displayed on the registration page) Fill all the basic details. On submission, you should get an email message and SMS telling you what to do next. (Please be sure to use a valid email address as this will be your login username throughout the application process.) Check your email inbox and click on the link there to proceed to make payment. At the point of payment, choose your card type and enter your card det

World Bank Recruitment in Sub Sahara Africa

The World Bank Group is launching a recruitment drive aimed at increasing the number of Sub Saharan Africans in its work force.  This recruitment plan reflects the Bank Group’s senior leadership commitment for a diverse workforce in which African nationals can play a key role in fighting poverty and increasing shared prosperity.  Senior leadership has committed 80+ vacancies to be filled by African nationals.   This drive is being managed by the pertinent office (below) and needs assistance in disseminating this information. To apply click here  www.worldbank.org/africa- recruitment . Questions can be sent to  africarecruitment@worldbank. org  

Presidency sets up body for textile industry’s revival

The Presidency has directed immediate inauguration of a special committee that would address the challenges facing the nation’s ailing textile industry. The move, according to Presidency sources, was scripted to herald the revival of the country’s productive sector, under the administration’s economic diversification programme. The 17-man committee, to be headed by the Director of Agriculture in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, D.E. Eniaiyeju, would, as part of its terms of reference, identify the current constraints, challenges of cotton, textile and garment sub-sector and offer practical solutions to the challenges, among others. The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sonny Echono, who disclosed this while inaugurating the committee in Abuja, lamented that cotton, textile and garments industries across the country have become “shadows of themselves” due to influx of cheap textile materials, inconsistent gover

Andrew Ezekwe: Imagination Rules the world and Nigeria Engineers should learn to imagine and think outside the box

Wow! Interesting. This post is not to disparage first class. But, what the post depict are reality check of what goes on in the University of life (hard knock). Which is quit different from the school system of university where people are been rewarded for their memory and not imagination. In life, the C students succeed better than the "efiko" and the geeky A students because of the psychological theory of Compensation Learning. YOU SHOULD BE AT AN ADVANTAGE BECAUSE OF YOUR DISADVANTAGE. In the words of Kanye "everything you're not makes you everything you are”. Just like a blind man can hear better than you, most successful people broke through because they had to learn and get better at something else, since they didn't have what others had. Do you know that the Forbes List has more dyslexics and college drop outs than graduates? (including Richard Branson, Ellen DeGeneres (of Ellen Show), Ralph Lauren, Bill Gates, Abramovich, Mark Zuckerberg etc).

FG extends Manitoba Hydro International’s TCN management contract

  The Federal Government has extended the management contract of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) with Manitoba Hydro International Limited (MHI) of Canada by one year, ThisDay reports. The extension followed the imminent expiration of a three-year management contract signed in 2012 for MHI to manage TCN’s electrical power transmission, system operation and market operation undertakings, as well as train TCN personnel. TCN’s General Manager in charge of Public Affairs, Seun Olagunju, who confirmed the extension in  a statement yesterday, stated that the contract has now been extended to July 31, 2016. The fourth year of the contract will focus on further increasing TCN’s capacity to transmit power in the grid, in anticipation of rising levels of generation in the country. Additionally, MHI will facilitate the unbundling of TCN into two new organizations, the Transmission Service Provider and the Independent System Operator, while simultaneously building the capacity o

NAPTIN commits to bridging of skill gap

Director General of National Power Training Institute of Nigeria, NAPTIN, Engr. Reuben Okeke has assured that institution would revamp the dearth of skill gap in the energy sector in the country . Engr.  Okeke gave this assurance while speaking with newsmen at the just concluded NAPTIN stand at the African Utility week and clean Power conference which held in Cape Town ,South Africa. According to him the dearth of skill workforce is a very big challenge right now to Mann the huge investment the federal government is making in power sector. He noted that a lot of challenges facing the energy sector is being addressed and skill gap is one of them, stressing that if there is no skill workforce of those who are operating, managing and maintaining the infrastructure no matter the amount  government  put into energy sector , it will still be a challenge. Okeke indicated that the sole purpose of establishing the the training institutue is to provide training for power sector perso

Early Career Advice for Engineers

 Studying for the Future New engineers coming to GE often ask me, “What does it take to forge a successful engineering career?” I wish I had a mathematical model for success. But I don’t. I can, however, share some insights, which my colleagues, including chief technologists and senior engineers at the three major aero-engineering companies, GE, Rolls Royce and Pratt and Whitney, have validated. The consensus: It all comes down to 12 basic principles: Be business oriented: Understand how the total costs to produce your company or organization’s product affect decisions. You may feel removed from such macroeconomics, but you can look at your cost to the firm—salary, benefits, and overhead averages $200,000 a year—and try to add commensurate value. Working within a financial budget and time frames is also key, for as your organization prospers so will you. Expect tough, multi-disciplinary problems: On the job, you’ll often confront design issues outside your technical discipline

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West Africa Could Lead The World's Next Production Boom

The right technology and tolerance for risk could make West Africa the next "North Sea," possibly offsetting the balance of the world's production hub. During the early 1970s, Saudi Arabia cut production as a reminder that it held the cards to the world’s petroleum resources. What the swing country did not count on was the slew of development and production that would subsequently take place in the North Sea. As a result, a new oil supply was born far away from the Middle East. Fast forward to today: With oil saturating the market again, Saudi Arabia has kept its spigots on this time to try and prove once again its place on top of the hydrocarbon pyramid. Despite its effort to slow production – primarily from shale in the United States – there is still room for surprise in the oil marketplace. The small offshore oilfields of West Africa, if exploited properly, could become the next big economical play even as oil prices hover around $60 a barrel, said Keith Mill

Gold Rush in Space? Watch out for Asteroids....The Big ones are already counting the cash!

There are currently hundreds of trillions of dollars in precious metals floating through space not far from Earth. Asteroids represent astronomical wealth in its most literal form, and both the U.S. government and private space exploration companies are trying to figure out how to harvest it. Is it even worth it? According to multiple studies and reports, the answer is a resounding yes. The asteroid database Asterank.com has identified more than 500 asteroids that contain precious metals, water and other resources worth more than $100 trillion, assuming we can lasso them and bring their goodies back to earth. According to a 2012 study by the Kaplan Institute for Space Studies, accessing several of these “near earth” asteroids is feasible with technology that is either currently available, or that could be available in the next decade. However, much of the real paydirt lies in the asteroid belt, twice as far from the earth as the sun, which may be beyond our reach. Agencies l

Some Fires in Building are Caused by Poor Earthing....Engr Omatseye

Most fires in buildings are attributed to sparks from electrical connections and sockets. How does it happen? We have a check list and codes and standards we are working on with the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) in collaboration with the Standardes Organisation of Nigeria (SON). It is yet to come as a book. The common one we are working on now is Earthing, where we check the correct position of switches. If a house is properly earthed the issue of fire and shock will be drastically minimised if not eliminated. Mistakes are bound to arise and because of our unbalanced electrical load that is coming. Sometimes, it comes in like a wave like you find in a river and, that is why in electrical engineering we have what is called electrical waves because it really comes with that surge and that is why a lot of devices get affected. So, if it comes that way and if your systems are just switched off instead of unplugged