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Agencies partner to develop programme linking oil firms to Nigerian universities

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, and the Nigerian Universities Commission, NUC, have initiated ‘Adopt-A-Faculty’ (AAFac) programme aimed at facilitating the link between the country’s oil and gas industry and the university system. NCDMB and NUC, which agreed to the initiative at a recent meeting in Abuja to ensure that both functioned to the benefit of the Nigerian economy, said a joint committee has been set up to develop a detailed action plan within four weeks. Both agencies have named members of the joint committee and they have started work. The Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Denzil Kentebe, described the AAFac Programme as a capacity development initiative of the Board aimed at using academic institutions as a catalyst for local content development. “The programme aims at facilitating partnerships between the academia and the oil and gas industry so as to align the university curriculum to industry technology as well as skills requirements to e

NSE honoured former INEC BossAttahiru Jega

The Nigerian Society of Engineers has honoured the immediate past Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, with its merit award for introducing electronic voting system into the country. The award was presented at the NSE’s 2015 third quarterly dinner in Lagos. The dinner came with the conferment of the society’s Merit Award and Fellowship status on some eminent Nigerians who had contributed significantly to national development. Speaking shortly after receiving the award, Jega acknowledged the role of engineers and technology in the national development, saying the future belongs to countries which adopt the use of technology appropriately. Highlighting the importance of electronic voting for the country, the former INEC boss said, “I will like to congratulate the President of the NSE for using electronic voting. “Many countries are already using it. In Nigeria we are not yet there because there is a constitutional hindrance which proh

We Mourn Our Past president, Engr F. O. Somolu

Dear Member, With deep regret but with submission to the will of the Almighty, the President, Engr. Ademola Isaac Olorunfemi, FNSE sadly announces the passing-on of a Past President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Engr. Foluseke Abidemi Somolu, FNSE, FAEng., FNIM, FIET/FIEE, (NSE President, 2002 – 2003). Engr. Somolu, a consummate Electrical Engineer and an NSE Merit Awardee (1992), was born in Abeokuta on July 14, 1946.  He died after a brief illness on Monday, August 24, 2015 at the age of 69. He is survived by a wife and children. Final burial arrangements will be announced by the family in due course. Meanwhile, the President will lead a delegation of Engineers on a condolence visit to the Somolu family on  Thursday, August 27, 2015 . More information will be disseminated as soon as we have them. Signed: Engr. Olusola Obadimu, MNSE Executive Secretary

NSE Osogbo Invites to their 2015 Annual General Meeting

On behalf of the Excos, Past Chairmen, Fellows, Elders and all Members of Osogbo Branch, I hereby notify our Distinguished Engineers of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Osogbo Branch. Date: Thursday 27th August, 2015 Venue: NSE Osogbo Secretariat, Osogbo Time: 4pm Prompt Thank you. Engr Adeniran Ibitoye (kilomodemo), MNSE, MNIMechE Chairman Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) Osogbo Branch nseosogbobranch@gmail.com

NSE Presidential and Interactive Visit to NSE Bauchi Branch held at the PTDF Conference Hall, ATBU, Bauchi

NSE Presidential and Interactive Visit to NSE Bauchi Branch held at the PTDF Conference Hall, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi on the 25th August 2015 The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) Presidential Delegation arrived Bauchi at about 6.00 pm yesterday to the warm reception of the Chairman, and members of NSE Bauchi Branch. As part of its mandate, the delegation got to work today with an interactive session with the Bauchi Branch members at the PTDF Conference Hall, Faculty of Engineering and Engineering Technology, at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi by 10.00 am. The agenda of the interactive meeting include; the welcome address by the Chairman, NSE Bauchi Branch, a Good Will Message from the Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Engineering Technology, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, The NSE Presidential Address, an interactive session of questions and answers, and a vote of thanks by the NSE Chief Examiner for Bauchi. The interaction got off to

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF 24TH COREN ENGINEERING ASSEMBLY HELD IN ABUJA

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF 24 TH COREN ENGINEERING ASSEMBLY HELD AT THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE, ABUJA FROM 10 TH – 12 TH AUGUST 2015 THEME: OVERCOMING THE CHALLEGES OF NIGERIAN MONOLITHIC ECONOMY: THE ROLE OF ENGINEERING PROFESSION PREAMBLE The 24 th Engineering Assembly organized by the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) was held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja between 10 th and 12 th August 2015. The Special Guest of Honour invited for the Opening Ceremony was, His Excellency, MUHAMMADU BUHARI , GCFR , President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria. The Chief Host, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Works, Dauda Shuaibu Kigbu, mni was represented by Engr.  U.G. Jibrin, FNSE. While the Host, Permanent Secretary, Federal Capital Territory Administration , Engr. John O. Chukwu, FNSE was represented by Engr. Bala Danshehu, FNSE. The opening ceremony was chaired by

NSE 2015 International Conference: Online registration now opens

The Nigerian Society of Engineers is pleased to inform you that online registration is now open for the 2015 National Engineering Conference and Annual General Meeting tagged "Sunshine 2015".  THEME: “NATIONAL INTEGRATED INFRASTRUCTURE MASTER PLAN (NIIMP) 2014: STRATEGIES FOR IMPLEMENTATION” VENUE: INTERNATIONAL CULTURE AND EVENT CENTRE, AKURE, ONDO STATE. DATE: 16TH - 20TH NOVEMBER, 2015   The registration process is seamless and user friendly. The channel is available 24 hours every day through the registration period. Please ensure that you have your credit card with you before proceeding to fill the registration form For Online Registration issues only, please call: +234(0)8063000339 +234(0)7038197779   email us via: sunshine2015@nse.org.ng For all other inquiries as regards the conference, please contact: Mr. Ikechukwu Adibe,  +234(0)8055475572   +234(0)8186056600   cr@nse.org.ng , i.adibe@nse.org.ng The early bird rate is available till  September 30 ,

How Four students show Mumbai University how exam house should function

In June 2014, when four final year BTech students from the Thadomal Shahani College of Engineering got their marksheets, they were in for a shock. students (L to R) Hirak Modi, Girish Prabhu, Dr Dinesh Bhonde, Dev Mehta, Marmik Pandya Be the change. Accept the challenge. When four Mumbai University students did this, it made a difference to the lives of 1.5 lakh students in over 800 colleges. And forever changed the way University's most crucial and controversial department --examination house-- functions. In June 2014, when four final year BTech students from the Thadomal Shahani College of Engineering got their marksheets, they were in for a shock. Hirak Modi, Marmik Pandya, Girish Prabhu and Dev Mehta (from computer science and IT streams) realised that the marks in one paper were much less than what they expected. The photocopy of the answersheets proved they deserved better. The foursome decided to approach the exam house of the university. As with most students, th

Happy Anniversary HP! Hewlett-Packard

Happy Anniversary  HP ! Hewlett-Packard was officially incorporated today in 1947, eight years after William Hewlett & David Packard first founded it. They started their company in this Palo Alto garage with only $538!

2015 NSE ABUJA BRANCH ENGINEERING WEEK/30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

THE CHAIRMAN, ENGR. YAKUBU ALI GARBA, FNSE, THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND MEMBERS OF THE NIGERIAN SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS ABUJA BRANCH PRESENT THE 2015 NSE ABUJA BRANCH ENGINEERING WEEK/30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION THEME: THE ROLE OF NIGERIAN ENGINEERS IN THE SUCCESS OF 2015 GENERAL ELECTION DATE: MONDAY 24TH - THURSDAY 27TH AUGUST 2015 PROGRAMME OF EVENTS MONDAY 24TH AUGUST 2015 8:30: PRESS CONFERENCE AT NSE ABUJA BRANCH SECRETARIAT, BESIDE DANTATA AND SAWOE MAINYARD, GARKI 2, ABUJA. 10:00: 2015 ENGR. CHARLES MBANEFO DISTINGUISHED LECTURE THEME: INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT: A LADDER TO ECONOMIC ADVANCEMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY GUEST SPEAKER: ENGR. PROF. M.S. HARUNA, FAEng, FNSE, FIEE - EXECUTIVE VICE CHAIRMAN/CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, NATIONAL AGENCY FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING INFRASTRUCTURE (NASENI) VENUE: NIGERIAN SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS HEADQUARTERS AUDITORIUM (BEHIND NATIONAL LIBRARY HEADQUARTERS), CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT, ABUJA TUESDAY 25TH AUGUST 2015 10:0

Nigeria automotive industry gains momentum as investment interest grows

Vehicle production in Nigeria is gaining momentum as more carmakers are announcing investment interest in the country’s automotive industry, paving way for further development of the auto industry. Several multinationals have begun building vehicles in Nigeria, and others are waiting in the wings. The companies are all assembling imported kits. In a wire report, the Nigerian Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) in Abuja said recently that the federal government has issued licenses for the establishment of 12 new vehicle assembly plants in the country. This will bring the current total number of automobile assembly plants in the country to 45. According to the council, there were previously 15 assembly plants in the country before the National Automotive Industry Development Plan (NAIDP) was launched in 2014 and that only three were operational. Last week Wednesday, Reuters reported that America carmaker, Ford will start assembling its best-selling Ford Ranger pi

President Buhari's Jobs Search By Garba Shehu

The ongoing ministerial briefing of the President at the State House, Abuja, put a spotlight on an important sector long neglected by previous administrations, yet one that can create millions of jobs. The first briefing of a President by the Ministry of Science and Technology and its parastatal organization, the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure, NASENI, over a period of many years showcased opportunities and the enormous achievements made in the invention, fabrication and assembly of capital products for the sustainable industrialization of the country. A matter for serious concern for President Muhammadu Buhari, who campaigned on a promise to create jobs is the paucity of investments in industry, without which there can be no new jobs or incomes. Experts have warned a long time ago that Nigeria has been frittering away its demographic dividend. Sixty-five percent (65%) of the country’s population is made up of youth, and a majority of whom are said

Benin Republic To Construct Railway Line, Road To Nigeria

The President of Benin Republic, Boni Yayi, has promised to construct railway line and a road to link up with Nigeria through Kebbi State. He has also proposed to build a dry port at Ilwa where the country also shares border with Nigeria. This was disclosed to Leadership yesterday by the chief press secretary to Governor Bagudu of Kebbi State, Alh. Abubakar Muazu following Governor Bagudu’s two days official visit to Benin Republic. He said the essence of the visit was to encourage economic and cultural ties between Nigeria and Benin which share a common border with Kebbi. The visit was on the directives of Presiden Buhari, who mandated Governor Bagudu to visit the Benin president and explore ways of strengthening bilateral relations with the country. He further explained that the railway line would start from Cotonou and Madakali , a border town with Nigeria and the construction of roads would also boost economic ties between the two countries. “President Boni Yayi of Benin

5 Reasons Fear is the Enemy of Innovation

Here are 5 important lessons any business professional could benefit from learning: 1. Fear kills creativity Usui told me that Epson was lured into the trap of competing with the F&B's of rivals HP and Canon and took their eye off the customer. This was a huge mistake and stiffled any creativity. They let fear of the competition and what the retailer might say dictate how they developed new products. Their new approach is totally focused on the customer and has resulted in a major innovation with EcoTank. 2. Fear might cause you to get into a race to the bottom Products with similar features and benefits start to look exactly the same to consumers. Some brands are afraid that they might get lost in the shuffle, ignore innovation and resort to competing on price. Unless you're Walmart with massive economies of scale, don't get into a race to the bottom because you might win. 3. FOMO is not a strategy FOMO = Fear of missing out. I see a lot

NNPC can be made more Effective… Engr Ganiyu Owolabi

Engr Ganiyu Owolabi, the Managing Director of Lagos based Banilek Ventures Limited and Chairman of NSE Engineering Week, Ikeja Branch spoke to Isqil Najim on the Branch forthcoming programme and the state of Nigerian Oil Industry. Enjoy: Isqil Najim: Good morning, my name is isqil Najim, it is a pleasure to have the honour of being with you. Isqil Najim:  Can you briefly tell us about yourself, sir? I am Engr. OWOLABI Ganiyu (FNSE, FNIMechE) a Graduate of Mechanical Engineering who recently retired from the Services of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) after working in various Subsidiaries including PPMC, ETD, NAPIMS and the Nigerian Gas Company Limited for thirty-three (33) years. I am married with Children and currently the CEO of Lagos based Banilek Ventures Limited. I belong to the Ikeja Branch of the Nigerian Society of Engineers. Isqil Najim : you have been one of those knowledgeable about Nigeria oil and gas, what is your thought debate about the