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As the Nigerian Automotive Industry Development Plan (NAIDP) is gaining wider acceptance and accolades, Higer Bus Company Limited of China is concluding plans to build a world class bus manufacturing plant in Nigeria. Towards this end, Higer Bus is entering into a tripartite partnership with two other Nigerian companies, Globe Motors and Asia-Africa International FZE Company located in Lekki Free Trade Zone. Senior officials from Higer Bus are currently in Lagos holding series of meetings with their Nigerian partners; working out detailed logistics required to commence bus building through Semi Knocked Down (SKD) assembly operations but with firm commitment to upgrade to manufacturing operations within a short timeline.  The partnership is being mid-wived by the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) represented at the meeting by the Acting Director General, Mr. Luqman Mamudu. Mr. Mamudu was presented with a prototype image of Higer Bus by officia

Young Engineers' Challenges: Let's get this right together...

Dear Young Engineers, There is no point in denigrating  our profession just because some issues are beyond our controls and our efforts at putting them right have not been yielding fruits... This constant nagging among some young  members and negative  name calling of our professional bodies is as good as denigrating of our profession. This variously arise as a result of lack of jobs to go round and lack of opportunities to embark on their professional journey after graduation.  I thought engineers pride themselves  as professionals that are trained to solve problems. Why then are some of us running away from solutions and looking for messiah outside ourselves?  I thought engineers are the only professionals who would proudly agree with Scott Adams that "Engineers like to solve problems. If there are no problems handily available, they will create their own problems." As much as I know some issues affect us as professionals... and some are embarrassing. . I real

Event- NIMechE Bauchi Students' Chapter to explore keys to Forging a Successful Engineering Career

It is an unquestionable fact that engineering makes life live and that Mechanical Engineering is a key driving force behind every technological advancement. Several Engineering fields have so for evolved from this great field.  In line with the aims and objectives of the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers (NIMechE), NIMechE Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi (Students' Chapter) is relentlessly committed to ensuring that her members are fed with the right information at the right time. The Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers (NIMechE), Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Presents; NIMechE 2017. Themed; Forging a successful Engineering career.  Under the distinguished chairmanship of Engr. Emmanuel T. Anbua (MNSE, MNIMechE), Chairman NIMechE Bauchi Chapter.   Featuring;   ■ Annual Lecture                      ■ Freshers Orientation                     ■ Interactive session                      ■ Awards Date: Saturday 6th

NSE Lagos Branch to Organise Public Lecture in its Quest to address Incessant Building Collapses in the Country

In a bid to find a lasting solution to the spate of Building Collapses across the country, The Nigerian Society of Engineers, Lagos Branch under the leadership of Engr Johnson Akinwande, FNSE is inviting the General Public to its 2017 Annual Public Lecture and Award in Lagos. On hand to present the Keynote address is Engr Oladotun Lasoju, General Manager, Lagos State Building Control Agency, LASBCA. He would be presenting a keynote address on "Prevention of Collapse Buildings: The Collective Responsibility" The event which is coming up on Tuesday, May 2nd 2017 at the Main Hall of Oyebolu Engineering Resources Centre, Department of Works and Physical Planning, University of Lagos, Akoka will be chaired by the President of Nigerian Society of Engineers, Engr Otis Anyaeji, FNSE and commences at 11.00 am.  It would be recalled that the Branch had developed strong tendency to use its Annual Public Lecture as a forum for addressing crucial National Issues, hence the re

The First Mars Astronauts Could Be Trapped Inside a Tube for Years With No Chance of Escape And they don't even get to land.

For years, NASA has talked about sending people to Mars with its gigantic new rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), and a new spacecraft called Orion. But NASA hasn't said how it plans to use that $US40 billion of new hardware, even after publishing a 36-page Mars exploration plan in October 2015. Fortunately, a plan may finally be coming into place. On March 21, President Donald Trump signed a new law that mandates NASA send people to Mars by 2033. Then, a week later, the space agency published its most detailed plan yet for reaching the red planet. The scheme is neither for the claustrophobic nor faint of heart: it involves locking astronauts into a tube-shaped spaceship, sending them into deep space for 3 years, and giving them no form of emergency escape beyond the Moon. What's more, astronauts would only orbit Mars in 2033; they'd never attempt a landing. That's according to a document authored by William H. Gerstenmaier, the head of NAS

For NSE Ilorin Branch, it is a New Era as Engr Adebayo Joseph Set to Assume The Leadership Mantle. Don't Miss it!

The Nigerian Society of Engineers, Ilorin Branch is inviting the general public to the Investiture of its 19th Branch Chairman, Engr Adebayo Joseph Sunday on April 29th 2017 at Branch Engineering Centre, No 1, Engineering Close, Off University of Ilorin Road, Tanke, Ilorin.  An Investiture Lecture titled "Professionalism, Accountability and Transparency: Panacea for Nigeria's Development" would be delivered by Alh. Suleiman Ishola, FCS, FCTI, Accountant-General of Kwara State. The event which will be chaired by the NSE President, Engr Otis Anyaeji FNSE, would be hosted by the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Alh. Abdul Fatah Ahmed with other personalities from across the country from diverse professional practitioners are expected in attendance. Guests are expected to be seated by 10am. Admission is Free. We look forward to see you there! WHO IS  ENGR ADEBAYO JOSEPH SUNDAY? Engr. Adebayo, Joseph Sunday was born about five decades ago on the 21st J

Interview With Nigerian Inventor Of Portable Hydroelectric Generator

A spark media correspondent sat down with Emeka Nelson, a graduate of the National Metallurgical Training Institute To Discuss his latest innovation- a portable Hydroelectric generator which has the potential to solve Nigeria’s power problem. Tell us about your Innovation? Thank you, The Portable hydroelectric generator (which I called AKPAIKE in local dialect which means power box). This particular machine is just like our normal electric generator sets but this one is more compact in size, uses water only as its fuel instead of gasoline, has a capacity of 610wats Max and is still considered as a prototype. A larger capacity design of this portable generator is already in progress and will be out soon, it will have a capacity of 10kv, will have better and advanced features with much more portable size. What inspired this Innovation? I have been doing this since I was old enough to think.i say that my inspirations are embedded in the fact that problem and needs of man society

Forget coding, we need to teach our kids how to dream by Tom Goodwin

Life is becoming increasingly less predictable. From the political volatility of Donald Trump and Brexit to the vast societal changes of globalisation, drastic, seismic change is in the air. While unpredictability is already problematic for many, for future generations there are no signs of things calming. If we accept that the role of education is to furnish our children with the best understanding, skills and values for a prosperous and happy life, then how do we arm them for a future that we can’t imagine? Do we even need knowledge in a world of Alexa and Siri? Is the skill of agility now more valuable than the gaining of knowledge? We’ve prioritised the acquisition of knowledge around what we assume society would deem most “worthy”. For much of history, knowledge was rooted in theology: it was about explaining the world in a supernatural way, seeing goodness as a tenet. The industrial revolution saw a vast shift away from this to a way of maximising return on investmen

Massive Shake-Up In Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)

In line with the ongoing reforms in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the Management has announced the retirement of some staff and the deployment of others. The retired staff are: Mrs. Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue, Managing Director, NNPC Retail Ltd; Mr. Alpha P. Mamza, Executive Director, Operations, NNPC Retail Ltd; and Mr. Oluwa Kayode Erinoso, Manager, Distribution, NNPC Retail Ltd. The deployments are: Mr. Adeyemi Adetunji, Managing Director of NNPC Retail Ltd; Engr. Lawal Bello, Executive Director, Operations, NNPC Retail Ltd; Mrs. Affiong Akpasubi, Executive Director, Services, NNPC Retail Ltd; and Mr. Agwandas A. Andrawus, Manager, Distribution, NNPC Retail Ltd. The appointments take effect, immediately. Until his new assignment as the Managing Director of NNPC Retail Ltd, Mr. Adetunji was General Manager, Strategy & Planning, Gas & Power and also former General Manager, Transformation Office. The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr

NICESA University of Ibadan Chapter's 8th Annual Civil Engineering Students' Conference Announced

Engr Otis Anyaeji is the President-Elect of West African Federation of Engineering Organisations

At the 2017 first quarter meeting of the West African Federation of Engineering Organisations (WAFEO) held  at Sunyani, West Region, Ghana, the NSE President, Engr Otis Oliver Tabugbo Anyaeji FNSE (Nigeria) was unanimously elected as the President-Elect for the WAFEO. History of WAFEO At the Engineering Week Celebration of the Ghana Institution of Engineers held in Kumasi in 2011, the Leaders of Engineering Organizations in the West African countries unanimously agreed to establish the West African Federation of Engineering Organisations (WAFEO). A Committee was set up to draft a constitution for the Federation which was rectified in December 2011 in Calabar at International Conference organized by the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE). Since its inception, the Presidency has been on a rotational basis and Secretariat headquarters of WAFEO has been with the Ghana Institution of Engineers. The NSE President, Engr Otis Anyaeji FNSE who was elected will take over fr

Energy Institute unveils engineering training scheme

Energy Institute Nigeria has announced the first set of candidates for the Graduate Engineering Training Scheme (GETS). The GETS programme, developed by Energy Institute Nigeria, is sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineering’s (RAE) Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) Africa Catalyst Award and in partnership with Lonadek’s Cedar Centre for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Energy Institute Nigeria said in a statement on Monday, that this pilot phase of the GETS program would focus on addressing the power gaps in Nigeria using conventional and non-conventional sources of energy. It disclosed that the trainees would be exposed to mentoring by industry professionals and internship opportunities to bridge the knowledge gap between theory and actual practice. It stated: “The GETS project core objective is to ensure sufficient, and appropriately skilled, local engineering capacity to participate in and drive national and regional development in

Career Guide: What Recruiters Look For in the Initial CV Scan

A recruiter takes less than a minute to scan a CV. What exactly do they look for in this short time? Caroline and Amelia from the IBM recruitment team in South Africa discuss what they personally look for when assessing a curriculum vitae that could lead to the interview. Caroline Nokwazi Matsimela & Amelia Merchant of IBM shared their perspective for the benefit of job seekers in this article.  Relevant Skills: The first thing I look for is relevance of the candidate’s skills to the advertised position. As I browse through the skills section in your CV or perform a keyword search (e.g. consulting, business intelligence, analytics, cloud, telecommunications, etc.) to gauge if you have specific experience for the role I am recruiting for, I try to identify how relevant your skills will be to the open position. Employment History:  I prefer work history to be presented in chronological order, additionally only add in experience that is relevant to the role that y

EGINA FPSO: NCDMB Boss Commends Saipem's Confined Space Welding Technology

The Executive Secretary of Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Simbi Wabote has expressed his delight at the size of Saipem’s facility and the quality of work being done by Nigerians at the firm’s fabrication yard in Port Harcourt, River State. Addressing workers of the company when he led members of the NCDMB and other stakeholders on a tour of the Saipem fabrication yard in Rumuolumeni, which also coincided with the unveiling of a logo to commemorate Saipem’s 50 years of operations in Nigeria, Wabote described the facility as “a world-class fabrication yard”, which he said, was a demonstration of the capacity and capabilities of Nigerians in the oil and gas sector. His words: “When I went through this site with my colleagues, what was on my mind was that there is nothing Nigerians cannot do. I have been in the oil and gas industry for 25 years and I know when we started how everything that was utilised in the oil and gas industry was imported. Fabric

Ghana Institution of Engineers gets first female president

Ing. Mrs. Carlien Bou-Chedid has been sworn-in as the new President of Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE) at an event to round off its 48th Annual General Conference. She becomes the first ever female President of the Institution. Since its formation, the Presidency of the institution has been male dominated. The event took place on Friday, March 31, 2017, at Sunyani, in the Brong Ahafo Region. Mrs. Carlien Bou-Chedid, a product of Wesley Girls and Presec Legon becomes the 49th President of the GhIE, replacing Ing. Dr. Kwame Boakye, the immediate past president of the institution. She was sworn into office by an appeal court judge justice Gertrude Torkornoo at a banquet held in her honour attended by dignitaries including ministers of state as well as representatives of fellow engineers from Africa. Ing (Mrs) Carlien Bou-Chedid is a structural\Earthquake Engineering consultant with more than 30 years of experience covering a wide range of activities. She holds

Update: COREN Engineering Assembly 2017 online Registration has opened!

The Online Registration for the 26th COREN Engineering Assembly has commenced! THEME: Entrepreneurship and Manufacturing in Nigeria: Challenges and Opportunities for a better future Venue:                 International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja. Date:                    Monday, 7th – Wednesday, 9th August, 2017. TIME:                   9:00AM Daily Registration Fees Category Name Early Bird (N) Late Fee (N) Spouse (Dinner) Engineers      35,000                    40,000             3,000 Technologists      35,000                   40,000             3,000 Technicians      15,000                   15,000              3,000 Craftsmen      15,000                   15,000               3,000 Please read the instructions below to register for the 26th COREN Engineering Assembly  INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION GUIDELINES Click here to visit the registration portal On the Registration landing page click on the Next button below to proceed to the

Nigerian pilot, Ademilola Odujinrin, makes history as first African to fly the world solo

A Nigerian pilot who works for Air Djibouti has become the first African pilot in history to fly solo around the world. Ademilola “Lola” Odujinrin completed the final leg of his historic journey Wednesday afternoon, landing safely at Washington Dulles International Airport. The pilot has completed the entire circumnavigation in a Cirrus SR22, stopping in more than 15 countries on five continents, returning to Washington DC, where his journey began back in September. The flight is part of Project Transcend, a foundation which aims to inspire young people to achieve their goals, regardless of their personal circumstances. Ademilola says: “Ever since I was a child, I dreamed of one day flying around the world. We have a responsibility to lead by example and follow our dreams. I want African children to think: ‘I can do this too!’” I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Air Djibouti’s Chairman, Aboubaker Omar Hadi, and Cardiff Aviation’s Chairman, Bruce Dickinson

Engr Otis Anyajeji commends DICON as he harps on Local Content in Engineering Projects

The President, Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Engr Otis Anyaeji has expressed satisfaction with the result oriented research activities and reverse engineering presently going on under the leadership of the current Director General, Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON), Maj Gen Bamidele Ogunkale who is also a member of NSE. Speaking during a courtesy visit to the Corporation’s headquarters in Kaduna with the key executive officials of the professional body, Anyaeji said that as an advocate of local content, the proposed speed limit for the commercial vehicles within the country by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), which he valued at about N40 billion should be handled by Nigerian Engineers. He stated that a window to a new horizon to robust relationship between DICON and NSE had been opened with their own member at the helm of affairs in the Corporation, stressing that NSE would explore the current opportunity to create a better society as major stakeh