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NIGERIAN ENGINEERS PLAN COMMUNITY ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT PROJECT IN RURAL AREAS

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Nigerian Society of Engineers has revealed plan to embark on community Engineering Development Projects in Rural Areas across the six Geopolitical zones in the country.

This was contained in the address delivered by the President, Engr Adekunle Mokuolu during the 25 Year Anniversary celebration of Ikeja Branch of the NSE in Lagos.

The project, according to him, is part of his administration's focus on Corporate Social Responsibility of the Society and a means to support the rural infrastructure development.

The Initiative “will involves deployment of engineering professional manpower to rural communities across Nigeria with the objective to provide basic engineering infrastructure through voluntary service. Infrastructures like rural roads, water projects, school buildings, electrification, provision of farming implements, building of livestock ranches, poultries, and such other services that are guaranteed to foster unity and progress in our country will be involved.” Mokuolu sa…

SQUARE HOLES AND ROUND PEGS AS HURDLES FOR PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT BY ENGR TITI OMO-ETTU

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SQUARE HOLES AND ROUND PEGS AS HURDLES FOR PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT BY ENGR TITI OMO-ETTU



(A speech at the Inauguration of Engr Adedamola Falade-Fatila as the 25th Chairman, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Ibadan Branch) by Titi Omo-Ettu

I imagine I may need to give some explanation of the subject matter of this short speech, as it may bring some confusing, however unintended!

When we take a plan view of a hole, we do not see a square, but a circle, and we say it is ‘round’. For a peg, what we see is a ‘square’ ( well, a rectangle strictly speaking) and not a circle. So the metaphor in the coination of my subject matter is to emphasise ‘misuse’ and all I want to demonstrate is that misuse of available human resources, even when there is adequate expertise, are hurdles to scale in building sustainable public infrastructure.

While it is common parlance to use the term “square peg in a round hole” to describe misfit, that is not my intention here. I distinguish misuse from misfi…

Oshodi transport terminals ready by October, says Project Manager

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The three terminals under construction at the ongoing Oshodi Transport Interchange will be ready by October this year, the project Manager, Mr Abiodun Otunola, has said.

Otunola, a civil engineer with PLANET PROJECTS Construction Company, the firm handling the job, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos that speedy work was ongoing at the site to ensure the projects were delivered at as scheduled.

According to him, 70 per cent of the work has been done as the projects consist of three terminals, for interstate, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and the third meant to serve the Lagos State entirely.
“The Oshodi transport interchange will be ready by October; we are working hard to ensure prompt delivery of the project.

“Everybody working here is a Nigerian and you can see the quality of the structures and work we are doing.

“There is no design like this anywhere in the world, it is unique and a peculiar structure due to the shape and geography of this place, Oshodi.

“We tailor…

How I got the important tool that screwed me into my dream: an engineer! by Atan Oparaji

Life was rosy according to my siblings until mother earth parted in mystery. I never enjoyed the caring attitude oozing from a mother. My dad never returned to Port Harcourt town after that and that was how I ended up in my hamlet as a village champion who spent his nursery, primary and secondary school in the village and you know what it means to live a village life,a life of no academic competition.
Though in my early life in primary school I had a dream to become a prolific engineer despite all the odds.

Fast forwarding the topic, at my Junior Secondary School,there were no learning ropes for us to enrol in Physics class as it's a prerequisite subject for engineering. Our School never had a school Physics subject teacher. A Maths teacher was just assisting us on transient in form 4 and I learned in little ways to find my own way.

So,immediately at JSS 3 class (form 3), knowing that I was in a world of bushes,with my cutlass I cut the crap and began to dig my own path. I starte…

Only Sound National policy with participatory Approach can lead to Industrialization – NSE

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The Nigerian Society of Engineer has called on the Federal Government to come up with a sound national policy that could trigger in industrialization. The current policy it’s observed lacks the participatory approach needed for industrialization to take place.

Google, Apple smash their 100% renewable electricity goals

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Two of the world’s biggest computing and data tech giants, Google and Apple, have announced within days of each other that they are now meeting all of their electricity demand with renewable energy, in one way or another.First came Google, with a blog post on April 4 declaring that the company’s total purchase of energy from renewable sources of mainly wind and solar exceeded the amount of electricity it used across its global operations in 2017, including its offices and those energy guzzling data centres.As the blog is careful to note, Google doesn’t claim to be 100 per cent renewable powered – “because it’s not yet possible to ‘power’ a company of our scale by 100 per cent renewable energy.”Powering existing data centres directly with 100 per cent renewables is particularly difficult, considering that most of them are grid connected.
Rather, explains Google’s president of technical infrastructure, Urs Hölzle, it means that “for every kilowatt-hour of electricity we consumed, we pu…

SENATE TO REPLACE NBTE, NCCE WITH NEW AGENCIES

The Senate has commenced moves to replace the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and the National Commission of Colleges of Education (NCCE) with new agencies.

In this regard, two bills sponsored by Senator Barau Jibrin (APC, Kano) have passed first reading. The draft laws are expected to be listed for second reading, when lawmakers resume plenary next week from Easter break.

The proposal seeks to repeal the NBTE Act and establish the National Commission for Technical, Vocational and Entrepreneurial Education (NCTVEE).

When established, NCTVEE, according to a publication of the Senate seen by our correspondent, would advise the Federal Government on all aspects of technical, vocational and entrepreneurial education in the country.

The National Commission for Teachers Education (NCTE) is to replace the NCCE, according the new proposal. The commission is to advise the Federal Government on all aspects of teacher education in the country.

In a phone interview, Jibrin said the …

NSE Ikeja Branch @ 25: "Our secret is that we encourage members to aspire higher and higher" - Engr Oguamanam

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The Ikeja Branch of Nigerian Society of Engineers recently clocks 25 years and the Branch is rolling out the drum for the Silver Jubilee Celebration. Isqil Najim, and Bola-Oluwaniyi spoke to the Chairman of the Silver Jubilee Organising Committee, Engr Francis Oguamanam. Excerpt.
MyEngineers: Ikeja Branch of NSE is 25; Can you take us down memory lane and journey so far?
Ikeja Branch was the 32nd Branch of NSE inaugurated in 1993 when Engineer Vincent Maduka FNSE, FAEng was the then National President. The Branch came to be with the efforts of the late Engr Olu AWOYINFA FNSE, FAEng. Our 1st Chairman was the late Engr Ralph ALABI, who was followed by the late Engr Chike Morah and then Engr Anthony Oludaiye FNSE. I was Chairman 1999 2001 ( 4th Chairman) Since then we have had 12 successive Branch Chairmen. At the time Ikeja was established, there was only one Branch in Lagos and some people did not see any reason for another Branch, but for the doggedness of some of the elders, those who…