OPPENING ADDRESS OF THE CHAIRMAN, NIGERIAN SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS AUCHI BRANCH, ENGR. MRS OBOMEGHIE MARIAM AT THE OCCASSION OF ENGR. KASHIM ALI DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES HOSTED BY NSE AUCHI BANCH ON THE 19TH OF JULY, 2018
Your Excellency thePresident,Nigerian Society of Engineers,Engr. Adekunle Mokuolu FNSE ably represented by Engr. AluyorMNSE, ViceChancellor Edo University Iyamho,Chairman Benin Branch. Your Excellency the President,Council for the regulation of Engineering in Nigeria,Engr. Kashim Abdul Ali FNSE,FAEng, NPOM,mni. On behalf of the Nigerian Society of Engineers,Auchi Branch, I welcome each and every one of us present here today to the first Engr. Kashim Ali DistinguishedLecture Series. This event which we hope will continue to hold every year, is as important as the individual it is named after. Engr. Kashim Abdul Ali is the currentPresidentCOREN, He is saddled with the great responsibility of managing and coordinating the Nigerian Engineering family and all activities as regards to professionalism and ethics in Engineering practice in Nigeria.
I also use this opportunity to appreciate our patron, member and above all, a pillar of support to our great branch, EngrAbubakar Momoh. At all times and situations, Engr. Abubakar Momoh has been of great support to the branch both materially and politically. Sir, As you aspire for the position of senate of Edo NorthConstituency, we wish you success as that will eventually translate to our success.
I hereby to acknowledge the presence of a good friend of the Branch in the person of Engr. A. A. RabiuFNSE. I and the entire members of the branch appreciate you in all the support you have given us at the branch level and at various AGMs where you showed support for our contestant, Engr D. A. Okodugha and above all, the great role you have played in the success of this event. Thank you very much sir.
I will not forget to acknowledge the presence of Engr. Okodugha, Dauda Aluyah, the first and Immediate Past Chairman of AuchiBranch, former member, National Exco, former Chairman of Chairmen a rugged fighter and a great pillar to me and the Branch. We as a branch, appreciate and will continue to dignify your great efforts in seeing this Branch succeed at all times.
NSE Auchi branch was inaugurated on the 14th of December 2014 by the then NSE President himself, Engr. Olorunfemi Isaac, FNSE. Shortly after, an examination centre for prospective members into the Professional Body was approved for the Branch. NSE Auchi Branch had ever since been growing both in membership and capacity to discharge the NSE mandate to the society at large. The branch, had in previous years, since our inauguration been able to meet up with all functional requirements of a branch as provided by the NSE memart and as well, had partook in every event in the AGM and the COREN Assembly.
We have recorded various feats such as organizingWorkshops, Seminars,Public lectures, Technical Presentations,Industrial Visitations etc. In the short time the branch had existed, We have hosted former NSE Presidents in the persons of Engr. Olorinfemi Isaac, FNSE and Engr. OtisAyaenji, FNSE, FAEng. We had also hosted the current President, Engr. AdekunleMokuolu FNSE but then he was theDeputyPresident, NSE.
Today the branch acknowledges the fact that we are growing in a positive direction by organizing aDistinguished Lecture Series named after the COREN President and who is present in Person here today.We are highly honoured for this and we appreciate your kind gesture.
However, as a young Branch, there are some teething challenges/difficulties the Branch has been facing which include but not limited to Building a Secretariat and getting a Bus for ease of movement within and outside the six Local Government Areas in Edo North.We appeal to our Distinguished Fellows, Members and corporate organizations to kindly assist the Branch in this regard.
We wish you all a fruitful experience as we listen to our Distinguished guest lecturer. We as a Branch believe strongly that through educative interactions like this, our society is better equipped to face modern challenges facing it. I am of the view that by organizing this event on yearly basis, it will go a long way in equipping the Engineering personnel on the technicalities of projects and infrastructural developments.
Once again, I thank you all for coming.
ENGR. MRS OBOMEGHIE MARIAM
Chairman, NSE Auchi Branch