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7 things to know about Cleaner Lagos Initiative

The Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI) has received significant publicity since its launch by the state government recently. According to the governor of the state, Akinwunmi Ambode, the CLI is part of moves to make Lagos comparable with major cities in the world. Currently, the state has an unenviable record of having the largest amount of domestic and industrial waste in the world which is put at 13,000 tonnes per day, ahead of New York’s 10,000 tonnes. In Africa, former war-torn Kigali, capital city of Rwanda is ranked the cleanest. How does Lagos compare to that? Governor Ambode’s ambition is to change all that, and make Nigeria’s commercial capital a mega-city with enviable records environment-wise. At the inception of CLI, the governor said, “Although we have made significant gains, much to the credit of previous administrations and the private waste operators (PWO). The positive impact that these efforts have had over the years on the Lagos landscape is undeniable. However, we mus
The First Lady of Ondo State, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu has again reiterated the need for individuals, stakeholders and government to take steps and make the needed change in the society. Speaking at the official launch of a 5-day training programming put together by the Office of the Wife of the Governor in conjunction with Ashdam Initiative tagged: ‘Solar4Girls Naija’ for Senior Secondary School Students at Elizade University, Ilara Mokin, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu stated that she got interested in renewable energy as a result of the present day reality in Nigeria where there is no electricity supply and the oil wells have been over exhausted. At the newly launched summer boot camp, the over 200 participating students from all over Nigeria, will be trained on how to build solar panels and also will be given other life enhancing skills from the other collaborating NGOs involved in the programme. The participants are to be trained on Energy Management, Green En

Who is Engr Olu Awoyinfa

He was born on 1st June 1942 in Ilesha Osun State. He was educated at Otapepe Methodist School Ilesha, Ilesha Grammar School and St. Patricks College Asaba for the HSC and London University Westham in College where he graduated B. ScHonsEng in Chemical engineering in 1967. He is a fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers; Fellow of Nigeria Society of Chemical Engineers, a fellow of the British Plastic Institute and Registered member COREN No 1060 1979. He is the founder, Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers 1969; National Patron, Nigerian University Engineering Students Association 1980 to date. General Secretary, Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers 1972, 1975, national Public Secretary NSE 1981- 1983, Chairman, NSE National Engineering Centre Opening Ceremony Committee 1985, Council member NSE 1980 to date. Secretary General NSE 1986 – 1988, Secretary General Federation of African Organization of Engineers (FAOE) 1993 to 1995 and Secretary General DFAOE 2000 to date. Membe

REJOINDER: “RAILWAY TECHNOLOGY BEYOND THE EXPERTISE OF MOST NIGERIAN ENGINEERS”

 The Nigerian Society of Engineers “RAILWAY TECHNOLOGY BEYOND THE EXPERTISE OF MOST NIGERIAN ENGINEERS” BY RT. HON. CHIBUIKE R. AMAECHI, HON. MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION (HMT) REJOINDER The attention of the Nigerian Society of Engineers has been drawn to the uncanny remarks credited to the Hon. Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, CON. It was published on page 30 of ThisDay Newspaper of 21 st July, 2017 , and made during the Extraordinary General Meeting of the Association for Consulting Engineering in Nigeria (ACEN) that took place in Sheraton Hotel Ikeja, 13 th July, 2017. The theme of the meeting was “Implementing Government Policies Towards Integrating Nigerian Consultants in National Infrastructure Development”. 2.         In the midst of more than 200 professional engineers of diverse disciplines, international delegates, consultants and contractors with members of the press in attendance; the Hon. Minister criticized the quality of the e

Automation is the Key to the Future of Oil and Gas by Peter Maier

By 2050, the global population is expected to reach nearly 10 billion people, illustrating the need for safe, reliable, and affordable energy. In an increasingly complex energy market, the industry is facing new challenges transitioning to more renewable sources. This often requires innovative technologies for regulating, generating and storing energy. In order to meet demand, oil and gas companies need to focus on areas within their own business models where they can embrace innovation to increase efficiencies. Simultaneously, the energy industry – along with many others – is suffering from a skilled labor shortage. This shallow talent pool has made it difficult for oil and gas companies to hire new team members with the technical skills required to work on new energy sources. Without skilled workers in these positions, it has now become essential for energy companies to rethink their operations and include the use of automation, predictive and self-learning systems, and digitally c

Federal Government approves new guideline on science, engineering, technology

The Federal Executive Council has approved new and revolutionary policy guidelines for the design and execution of programmes, project and contract with science, engineering and technology components. Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu disclosed this at the first Science, Technology and Innovation sensitisation Forum which took place in Abuja, on Tuesday. With the new guidelines, according to him, Nigeria could produce what it needed and exported the surplus to other part of the world, adding that it would enable the country conserve her foreign reserves and strengthen foreign trade with multiplier benefits to the economy. “Its implementation will strengthen and deepen the role of science, technology and innovation in the future development goals of Nigeria. It will help create a new nation that will guarantee the happiness and prosperity of Nigerians. “This will help Nigeria promote national self-reliance by promoting a radical shift in emphasis toward entr

Ikeja Engineers take Over Traffic management at Agege pen Cinema, Urge Road users to cooperate with LASTMA

The members of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Ikeja Branch on Tuesday took over the traffic management and control at the Agege Pen-Cinema area. The Engineers, directed and controlled traffic movement while also sensitising the road users on the effective traffic management. Supported by officers of LASTMA and other volunteers; this was a part of the activities marking the Branch's 2017 Annual Engineering Week and part of the Branch's social responsibility.  The Vice Chairperson, Nigerian Society of Engineer, Engr Mrs. Funmi Akingbagbohun who represented the Chairman Engr Akintola at the event spoke to MyEngineers correspondent  and noted that the engineers are the bedrock for development in any nation and must contribute into the environment as part of Social Responsibility.  According to her, the branch's leadership: " decided to look at inward and look at our environment. What are the thing that we can help to ease the problems and challenges o

First Northern Female Aeronautic Engineer Bags First Class in UK

A Nigerian student of northern extraction, Ms. Hauwa Umar Usman has bagged a First Class (Honours) degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Brighton in United Kingdom (UK). Hauwa Usman is the first Northern lady to have studied Aeronautical Engineering, making her among the very few females in Nigeria to study such a discipline. Reports from an online medium, Global Sentinel, revealed that she was among the few to have bagged First Class in the history of the school and the first Nigerian female to achieve such feat. Hauwa is the daughter of a respected former Nigerian Army Chief of Transport and Logistics, Maj-Gen. Umar T. Usman (rtd.). The elated father said “Hauwa has made us proud and she truly deserves to be celebrated.” Hauwa was born in Kano. She attended Crescent International School in Kano from primary to junior secondary; she spent most of her childhood in Kano, at the age of 14 her family moved to Abuja, where she completed her secondary school edu

Nigerian engineers will take centre stage in national development, says Osinbajo

Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday assured that programmes and policies being put in place by the current administration would ensure that Nigerian engineers are placed at the centre of national development. Speaking at the 26th edition of Engineering Assembly organised by the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), in Abuja, he explained that decisions taken, particularly in the Science, Technology and Innovation roadmap from 2017-2030 would help the country plan ahead for the short, medium and long-term needs of the engineering sector. He forecast that in the next 10 to 15 years, the country would be looking for scientists, engineers and other professionals from outside the country due to industrial revolution. Osinbajo, who was represented by the Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, said the Federal Government was working hard to place engineering at the core of national development. Onu assured that government was determined to c

Engineering Council launches Nigeria's first Concrete Mix Design Manual

Nigeria has launched its first Concrete Mix Design Manual. The manual was launched by the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) alongside other stakeholders in the cement industry such as Lafarge Africa Plc at the 26th Engineering Assembly at the International Conference Centre Abuja yesterday. The President of COREN, Engr. Kashim A. Ali said the manual for practitioners using concrete must now replace the foreign manuals which produced the danger of non-uniformity because of its diverse sources. “The Concrete Mix Design Manual for Nigeria, therefore, provides homogeneity for all concrete designs,” he said. The Marketing Director, Lafarge Africa Plc, Mr Vipul Agrawal, said the launching of the Concrete Mix Design Manual meant a lot to Nigeria. “Nigerians for the first time have their own guide for mixing of concrete in building and infrastructure. This was through the painstaking effort of stakeholders led by COREN, Nigeria Building and Research Inst

Local contractors excluded from $20 billion rail projects By Kingsley Jeremiah  

The Federal Government is breaching its own local content policy in the construction of over $20 billion rail tracks across the country, as indigenous firms are being excluded from the execution of the projects. If the extant policy, which provides that 40 per cent of such projects should be executed by local contractors, is followed, Nigeria would retain about $8 billion in its coffers and address unemployment and other social challenges. The $8 billion, equivalent of N2.416 trillion, is about one-third of Nigeria’s 2017 national budget, and can almost fund the entire Lagos-Kano standard gauge railway projects estimated at $8.3 billion.

RID NIGERIA OF BOGUS EXPATRIATE ENGINEERS, AL-MAKURA TASKS ENGINEERING COUNCIL

Nigerian engineering regulatory Council, the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) have been charged to evolve an overarching framework for the integration and regulation of engineering practice in keeping with global best practices to avoid making the country a dumping ground for Pseudo expatriate engineers. Nasarawa state governor, Umaru Tanko Almakura, gave the charge at the 26th Engineering Assembly of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) ongoing at the international Conference Centre, Abuja. Almakura also tasked the body on the need to evolve a more attractive condition of service in order to avoid capital flight and forestall flight of indigenous engineers to seek better working conditions more advanced countries. Lamenting the incessant cases of building collapse in the country with its attendant negative consequences, Governor Almakura questioned where the problem of engineering regulation in Nigeria lies. “Is the pro

Nigerian Content Board sets 70% local content target to retain $14b

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has set an ambitious target of 70 per cent growth in local content over the next 10 years. This will enable the country to retain $14 billion from the $20 billion spent yearly in the upstream oil and gas industry. When the Nigerian Content Law was enacted in 2010, local content in the industry was only five per cent but at the moment it stands at 26 per cent while what is retained in-country from the $20 billion spent yearly is $5 billion.

NSE Awka Branch to commence structure auditing in Anambra

The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Akwa Branch, has said it would soon embark on a comprehensive audit of buildings within the state. The Branch chairman, Edmond Nkalu, disclosed this at the weekend, in Awka. He said the measure was to identify the quacks in the profession and defective structures for immediate removal to avert recurrence of building collapse. He said the state government was deeply concerned about the attitude of some developers not building in accordance with the relevant building rules. “Whenever we discover a defective structure, we will serve all relevant statutory notices and in no time seal off the building and appeal to occupants to vacate the distressed buildings for safety reasons," he added. He further said that the body would soon commence public awareness campaign to sensitize residents on the importance of strict adherence to planning and building regulations as part of its responsibility towards protecting lives of the citizenry. Nka

Manufacturing Index Expands for Fourth Consecutive Month

  Economic recovery appears on the rise with the Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) standing at 54.1 index points in July 2017, indicating expansion in the manufacturing sector for the fourth consecutive month. The PMI is an indicator of the economic health of the manufacturing sector, which is based on five major indicators — new orders, inventory levels, production, supplier deliveries and the employment environment. According to the latest PMI released by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Tuesday, 11 of the 16 sub-sectors reported growth in the review month in the following order: appliances & components; computer & electronic products; cement; primary metal; chemical & pharmaceutical products; food, beverage & tobacco products; textile, apparel, leather & footwear; printing & related support activities; paper products; electrical equipment and transportation equipment. But the remaining five sub-sectors declined in the order: petroleum

Space Projects: Engineers Urge FG To Allocate Special Fund For Programmes

The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) on Monday urged the Federal Government to set up special intervention fund for space projects. The NSE President, Mr Otis Anyeaji, made the call when he visited the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu in Abuja. Anyeaji, who was represented by the NSE Vice President, Mr Tasiu Wudil, said that the fund would fast track the advancement of space technology in the country. “The critical infrastructures for the indigenisation of space technology in Nigeria are still lacking. “The provision of Design Centre and Assembly, Integration and Test Centre (DC/AIT), which are at the heart of space programme should be a priority of the government. “This will help Nigerian engineers and scientists that are trained for this purpose to fully engaged and domesticate the technology,” he said. Anyeaji observed that Nigeria needed more communication satellites to support the existing Nigcomsat-1R. According to him, the NSE is in support

FG Urges Dangote To Complete Refinery Before 2019

The federal government yesterday urged Alhaji Aliko Dangote to speedily complete work on his refinery project at Lekki free trade zone, in Lagos, saying it relies heavily on the refinery to fulfill its promise of ending fuel importation to Nigerians by December 2019. Disclosing this yesterday in Lagos, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, who visited the refinery site said the federal government is ready to play its part as a responsible government to assist in making sure the project is completed before the scheduled date.