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The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Kacalla Baru, has charged engineering practitioners in the country to provide viable solutions towards fast-tracking Nigeria’s quest to diversify the economy. Dr. Baru gave the charge while speaking at the 30th Conference & Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers (NiMechE), shortly after he was conferred with the Institution’s Fellowship in Kaduna. “Mechanical engineers are expected to play a major role in Nigeria’s quest for diversification and industrialization. In the near future, you are expected to provide the necessary tools and equipment for agriculture and transportation system which would drive Nigeria’s industrialization,” Baru said. Describing engineering as a branch of knowledge which provides the foundation for industrialization and growth in both advanced and developing countries, Baru stressed that alternative energy sources wer


The Chairperson, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Ilesha Branch, Engr Mojirade Oloruntoba, is please to invite the general public to its First Annual Distinguished lecture as scheduled below: Date: Thursday, 2nd November 2017 Venue: Foundation Events Centre, Ido-Jesa, Ilesha, Osun State Time: 11am Prompt The event which will be chaired by the NSE President, Otis Anyaeji will also have in attendance, Engr Ifeoluwa Oyedele, Executive Director, NDPHC Ltd Abuja as the Special Guest of Honour. Expected at the event which will feature, Engr Akinbola Fatiregun, MD/CEO Handrock Construction & Engineering Company Limited as the Gust Speaker. He would deliver keynote address on “Infrastructural Development Amidst recession: Challenges and Opportunities for Engineers. Others dignitaries from Engineering, business and policy makers are expected at the event.  For more information on participation, sponsorship, direction et al email: call: 08086287940  About


In a bid towards fostering students’ interest in engineering careers and prepare them for the real world of word, the Nigerian Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (NIEEE), Lagos State Chapter, has unveiled its agenda for young Electrical Electronics Engineers development just as it plans to establish its student’s chapters in polytechnics and universities in Lagos state and its environs. This was made known by its fifth Chairman, Engr Mojeed Olaosegba at the 2017 Award and investiture ceremony in Lagos. He said the idea would help to inculcate in the students the necessary ethics, boost quality and lift them to a greater height in life. He said the Chapter also plan to “institute an award in honour of the best graduating student in the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering of the University of Lagos before the next convocation of the University.” and will replicate this as much as possible in other institutions in Lagos in near future. This, accord


Marc Edwards is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech. He is not only an engineer – he is also a whistleblower. Along with citizen scientists and concerned residents, Edwards exposed the Flint Water Crisis which began in 2014 and persists today. Edwards blew the whistle on the ill practices of entities working to intentionally cut corners in the water infrastructure of Flint, Michigan, and the United States as a whole.  A keen studier of America’s aging infrastructure, Edwards pulled the veil back on ‘scientific misconduct’ of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, dating as far back as 2001. He put together a report named: ‘A Public Health Tragedy: How Flawed CDC Data and Faulty Assumptions Endangered Children’s Health in the Nation’s Capital.” In Flint, he found that the city had changed from a system where they initially got treated water from Detroit’s Water & Se

NRC Promises Compensation for Affected Structures on Lagos-Ibadan Rail Line

The management of Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has reinstated its commitment to compensate those whose structures would be affected by the Lagos-Ibadan railway line. The Chairman of the corporation board, Alhaji Usman Abubakar, stated this wednesday at the monthly routine meeting held in Lagos to monitor the progress of NRC activities and also to attend to challenges on the project. According to him, “Things are going fairly well with our project but it’s an ongoing affair. The challenges have always remained, which boils down to access; “There are some structures along the way, some bridges are too low or they have to go. These are the challenges but they are challenges on all projects built in urban areas. “For those whose structures would be affected in the project, our consultants are working to determine appropriate compensation, for those whose structures have to come down, they are already going about it and people are being paid depending on how far the consulta

How politicians grabbed power firms’ shares under Jonathan, by ex-minister

Former  Minister of National Planning Commission (NPC) Dr. Shamsuddeen Usman yesterday exposed how politicians and officials in ex-President Goodluck Jonathan ’s administration jostled for shares in the power generation and distribution companies that were privatised in 2013. Usman, who spoke in Abuja at the 26th October Lecture of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), said government officials who ordinarily should have been neutral in the privatisation exercise were, however guilty of foul plays and used their positions to leverage their interests in the exercise secretly. The former minister said at the NSE lecture, which was delivered by its former president, Mustafa Shehu, that most of the transaction principles often included and followed in the privatisation of government’s assets were sidestepped during the sale of the power assets to private investors. He said the outcome of the power privatisation was heavily influenced by political considerations against

China's robotics firm partners with UAE's telecom giant for market expansion in Mideast

China's Hanson Robotics, producer of the celebrity humanoid robot Sophia, is partnering with United Arab Emirates' (UAE's) biggest telecom firm Etisalat for future sales of its robots in the Middle East, the company said Monday. With Etisalat's help, Hanson Robotics, based in Hong Kong, is showcasing Sophia at the ongoing IT fair Gitex Technology Week, which has gathered 4,100 exhibitors from over 70 countries including China. Jeanne Lim, Hanson Robotics' chief marketing officer, hailed Etisalat for its interest in artificial intelligence, while adding that Hanson's partnership with Etisalat is "still in a test phase." At Etisalat's stand at Gitex, visitors can talk to Sophia and ask her questions in order to test her humanoid capabilities. Lim told Xinhua that the use of Sophia in the education and business fields converges with Etisalat's support for digital educational strategy implemented in the UAE. "Sophia can be used as an

Nigeria’s largest electronic manufacturing, assembly plant launched

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said on Thursday in Calabar that Nigeria was gradually moving toward technological independence . From left – Cross River State Governor, Senator Ben Ayade (left); Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed (middle) and the Group Managing Director of Gospell Digital Technology Electronics Manufacturing and Assembly Company, Sir Godfrey Ohuabunwa, at the commissioning of the production plant of the company in Calabar on Thursday. The minister stated this when he inaugurated the ultra-modern Digital Set Top Box manufacturing plant, owned by the Gospell Digital Technology and located at Calabar Export Free Zone. The plant, regarded as one of the country’s largest electronic manufacturing and assembly, is capable of manufacturing TV decoders, prepaid electricity meter, smart phones. It is also capable of manufacturing TV main boards, tablets computers and all kinds of electronic devices. The minister comme

Ezekwesili: Very Soon, Nigeria will Have to Drink Her Crude Oil

Former Vice President of the World Bank, Africa Division, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, yesterday said Nigeria’s continued grip on crude oil as her economic mainstay would soon come to an end. She added that when it does, the country could be in serious trouble following her seeming indifference to growing changes in global energy matrix. Ezekwesili also called out members of the engineering profession in Nigeria for the country’s decrepit and inferior infrastructure base, alleging that their refusal to show character, competence and capacity in their tasks has contributed to the decay in infrastructure. Speaking at the 2017 civil engineering conference organised by the Abuja chapter of the Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers (NICE), an offshoot of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Ezekwesili, stated that at the moment, major oil producing countries were diversifying from their dependence on the commodity while Nigeria looked adamant to the development. She spoke within the th


The Immediate Past president of the Federation of African Engineering Organizations (FAEO) and a Former president of Nigerian Society of Engineers, Engr Mustafa Balarabe Shehu will deliver the 2017 NSE October Lecture in Abuja. Event organised by the Nigerian Society of Engineers has been dedicated to address the Energy Challenge in Africa. The Planned is as Follows:  Topic: Energy Situations in Africa: Opportunities and Challenges Date: October 12th 2017 Venue:  National Headquarters, National Engineering Centre Auditorim, Labour House Road, Central Business District, Abuja, FCT Time: 10.00 am prompt For More information eMail:  The October Lecture is a biennial lecture initiated by the NSE to afford engineers  and general public the opportunity to tap from wealth of experience of past NSE presidents. As a result of their wide coverage of National and International events as well as their professional and leadership exposure, it is believed that the Pas