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NSE plans bureau for engineering manpower planning

THE Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has concluded plans to set up a bureau for engineering manpower planning in its bid to advise government accurately on the need and number of engineering personnel the country needs. The newly elected President of the Society, Otis Anyaeji, who disclosed this in Abuja at his inaugural speech as the 30th President of NSE, said the mandate of the bureau would include engineering manpower survey, engineering manpower compensation survey, impact of technology trending on requirement for engineering, maintenance of the Nigerian engineering manpower inventory and directories. He added: “Different fields, types, and levels of engineering personnel for example civil, mechanical, electrical among others, technicians, technologists, craftsmen would be required. These have implications on the education policy for engineering education at tertiary level, and for science education at secondary and primary schools. It is the responsibility of government

Shocking! 'More than 80% engineering graduates in India unemployable'

There seems to be a significant skill gap in the country as 80 percent of the B Techs are “unemployable”, says a report, highlighting the need for an upgraded education and training system. The massive number engineering graduates seeking the menial jobs reflects high unemployment levels in India. The massive number engineering graduates seeking the menial jobs reflects high unemployment levels in India. Educational institutions train millions of youngsters but corporates often complain that they do not get the necessary skill and talent required for a job. According to Aspiring Minds National Employability Report, which is based on a study of more than 1,50,000 engineering students who graduated in 2015 from over 650 colleges, 80 per cent of the them are unemployable. “Engineering has become the de-facto graduate degree for a large chunk of students today. However, along with improving the education standards, it is quintessential that we evolve our undergraduate program

It took me five years to satiate my dream–Chibueze Ogbuagu

Chibueze Ogbuagu  has a wealth of experience in engineering and  he’s the managing director,  Automated Access  Company, an organization that provides access control equipment with specialization in  automatic gates and controls. In this interview, he shared with us his passion for engineering, his challenges and more. Excerpts. Why did you  study engineering? I was a science student and I wanted to study cardiology initially because my father died of heart failure. But when I saw what it takes to be a cardiologist, I decided to opt out and do something else because I realized it would take a longer time. So, engineering was the next thing. I also thought of pharmacy but I settled for engineering because I’m a physical person and very gentle.  I studied engineering because I’m passionate about it.  I have many colleagues who are bankers and I have never worked in any sector other than engineering even when I was underpaid.  The best job I ever had in my life was when I was a

Invitation to the Investiture Ceremony of new APWEN President, Engr (Mrs) Hauwa Muhammed Sadique

Who is Otis Oliver Tabugbo Anyaeji, The New President of Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE?

On January 16th 2016, the Federal Capital territory, Abuja played host to some of the biggest minds, leaders and achievers in Nigerian Engineering. Young and old, they thronged to the International Conference Centre Abuja for a single purpose: The honour of Nigerian Society of Engineers and its 30th President, Engr Otis Ayaeji FNSE. Founded  on 16th February, 1958, the Society has recorded successful smooth transition from Engr Chief G. O. Aiwerioba ever since spanning 30 generation of Presidents as listed below. Engr. Chief G. O. Aiwerioba, FNSE 1958 Engr. Adeniyi Williams, FNSE 1959-1962 Engr. S.O. Williams, FNSE 1963-1964 Engr. J.C. Egbuna, FNSE 1965-1967 Engr. Chief S. O. Fadahunsi, FNSE 1968-1969 Engr. Obi Obembe, FNSE 1970-1971 Engr. Dr. S. O. Meshida, FNSE 1972-1973 Engr. C. S. O. Akande, FNSE 1974-1975 Engr. 'Teju Oyeleye, FNSE 1976-1977 Engr. I. Igiehon, FNSE 1978-1979 Engr. O. Olugbekan, FNSE 1980-1981 Engr. Rev. P.B. Oyebolu, FNSE 1

Nigerian Woman, Valerie Agberagba chairs WFEO's Women in Engineering Standing Committee

Valerie Ifueko Agberagba a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers has been appointed as, Chair, Women in Engineering Standing Committee and Vice President of the World Organization which has membership from over 90 nations of the world. She was appointed chair by the World Federation of Engineering Organizations, WFEO at the just-concluded General Assembly in Kyoto, Japan.  Agberagba, who is a registered engineer, is a Past President of the Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria, APWEN, and a three times Past Vice President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE. Agberagba a founding member of the Abuja Chapter of APWEN was National President of the Association in the years 2005 – 2007, after chairing the Abuja Chapter 2003-2005. She is passionate about the growth of the engineering profession and is presently a third-time Vice President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE). She is also Chair, Women in Engineering Committee and Vice President, Fe

NYSC to Stop Posting Engineers To Teach In Secondary Schools

The National Youth Service Corps has concluded plans to halt the posting of engineers to secondary schools and other places of primary assignment different from Engineering Institutions. The agreement was reached by the Directorate of NYSC and Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN). Engr Kashim Ali FNSE, COREN President Speaking at the Pre-Inauguration stakeholders’ workshop of the 30th President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers held yesterday in Abuja, the President of COREN, Engineer Kashim A. Ali, disclosed that the Council has secured an agreement with the Director General of NYSC to what he referred to as prevention of wrong training of Engineers. He also said that the Director of Mobilization of NYSC has also been notified of the new development and they have fashioned modalities for its success. Ali said “Posting engineers during their service year to places they will not benefit is depriving them the opportunity of training and by implicatio

Engr Anyaeji resumes as NSE president, charge engineers on infrastructure development

In the traditional smooth succession practice of ascending the Presidency of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, (NSE), Engr. Otis Oliver Anyaeji took over the mantle of leadership from immediate past president, Engr. Isaac Olorunfemi, stepping into office on January 1, 2016, as the 30th President of the NSE. Engr. Anyaeji who served as Deputy President for the past two years between 2014 and 2015, is expected to lead the Society as President and Chairman of Council for the tenured period of 2016 and 2017. A statement signed by Head, Media and Publications, NSE Headquarters, Abdulkadir Aliyu said at the maiden meeting with stakeholders of NSE, Engr. Anyaeji who has resumed full responsibilities in his capacity as the NSE President, expounded his vision for the Society for the period of his presidency. Citing the dire economic situation and dismal infrastructure stock status of the country, he declared that it was time for Engineers to “take full control of the engineering acti


Your Excellences, Your Royal Highnesses,Distinguished Mechanical Engineers, Friends of the Institution, Gentlemen of the Press, Ladies and Gentlemen. It gives me great pleasure to be here today at this year’s inauguration of the new Executive Committee of the Lagos Chapter of the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers. I am most delighted that one of my own becomes the Chapter’s chairman today. I congratulate the new Chairperson, Engr. Mrs. Funmi Akingbagbohun. She is  a distinguished Fellow of this great professional body, and one of the finest female engineers that I have known. I congratulate you and all the members of the new executive committee. I wish you all a successful and productive tenure. I feel honoured by your invitation as a distinguished guest speaker to speak on the theme: Engineering Profession and National Development. As a professional, this is one area that I am very passionate about, and having the opportunity to speak at gatherings such as this tra

40% of young engineers in Bengaluru are women

The boom in engineering services, particularly the information technology (IT) services, is seeing more women take up engineering in Bengaluru, shows the recently released Census 2011 data. With over 1.41 lakh women engineers — the highest in the country by a long margin — Bengaluru has more woman engineers than municipalities in New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. While this forms a little more than 30 per cent of the total number of engineers in the city, a closer look at the data shows an increasing number of women joining the workforce. For instance, among engineers below the age of 35, the ratio of women goes up to 40 per cent, while, at an older age group (above 35 years), the ratio dips to just 18 per cent. Compared to other engineering sectors, the IT sector hired more women, said T.V. Mohandas Pai, former member of board of Infosys. This seems to correlate with the experience of educationists who said that compared to traditional engineering streams like mechanical and

NSE Inaugurates Giri Branch as Engr (Mrs) Aishatu Umar Becomes its First Chairperson

The Nigerian Society of Engineers under the leadership of Engr Otis Anyaeji FNSE has inaugurated Giri Branch of NSE today in Abuja. The ceremony which was held at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Abuja this morning also included the investiture of the First Chairman (Chairperson), Engr (Mrs) Aishatu Umar, FNSE. Various dignitaries attended the event, led by the President of Council for the Regulation of Engineering COREN, Engr Khasim Ali. Others are Engr Kunle Mokuolu, Deputy President, NSE, Engr Babagana Muhammad, Vice President, Registrar COREN, Engr Kamila Wapa FNSE among others. It would be observed that the NSE operated in States as Branches while it also has Divisions which are specialized arms of the Engineering bodies. Giri Branch hence swelling the numbers of the Branches in the country to 63. About Engr Aishatu Umar Engineer Aishatu A. Umar was born in Hong Local Government Area of Adamawa State on the 12th August, 1971. She had Bachelor in Civil Engineerin

Rice Mill: It is 15000 Jobs, Stupid! Dr Ibrahim Dooba

In 1992, Bill Clinton’s campaign team coined the sticky campaign message: it is the economy, stupid. “It was simple and it was self-effacing,” James Carville, one of the leaders of the campaign explained. “I was trying to say, ‘Let’s don’t be too clever here, don’t come down here thinking we’re too smart. Let’s just remember the basics.’” Remembering the basics.  That is the mind-set with which we’ve been trying to get the Niger State Government to treat the issue of Badeggi Rice Mill, since the time of the PDP.  The message is simple.  Reviving the mill has the potential to generate 15,000 jobs in the nearest future. When I was in government, it’s the message I was singing to any official concerned or anyone who would listen to me.  From the governor to the secretary to the state government (SSG), including the bosses at the Niger State Development Company.  The SSG suffered more from my constant reminder: “Let’s keep our eye on the 15,000 jobs sir,” I told him. The remin

Press Briefing on the Outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria by the Honourable Minister of Health

Protocol I wish to begin this press briefing by wishing the citizens of Nigeria a Happy and Prosperous New Year, and to allay their fears on the current epidemic outbreaks of a Haemorrhagic Fever now confirmed by our laboratories to be Lassa Fever Viral Disease. The public is hereby assured that the government and its partners, and other stakeholders are working tirelessly to address the outbreak and bring it to timely end. It is important that I notify the nation through you, that in the last 6 weeks Nigeria has been experiencing Lassa fever (LF) outbreak which has so far affected 10 states. The States affected include Bauchi, Nassarawa, Niger, Taraba, Kano, Rivers, Edo, Plateau, Gombe and Oyo States. The total number so far reported is 81 and 35 deaths, with a mortality rate of 43.2%. Our laboratories have confirmed 17 cases, indicative of a new roundtrip of Lassa fever outbreak. The first case of the current outbreak was reported from Bauchi in November, 2015. This was fol