The Kaduna Chapter of the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers has commenced another journey as it sets it sight toward operational revitalization. This was the posture of the new Chairman, Engr Ibrahim Bello as he is formally unveiled as the 11th Chairman of the Chapter.
He said this during his investiture which held at Unity Banquet Hall of Hamdala Hotel Kaduna In a colorful ceremony on Saturday.
The event that was chaired by the National chairman Engr. Robinson I. Elijah, who was represented by the National Secretary Engr. Musa I. Ibrahim due to an International engagement in Cyprus, attracted host of distinguished engineers and dignitaries. The inauguration lecture was delivered by Engr Sani Malami, the HOD Mechanical Engineering, Kaduna Polytechnic, who delivered a presentation on “Engineering Education as a Catalyst for National Infrastructural Development”.
In his inauguration speech, Engr Ibrahim Bello went down the memory lane to trace the history of Kaduna Chapter of the NIMechE. Recalling that the Chapter is the first Chapter of NIMechE after it transformation to Institution. What is now known as Kaduna Chapter of NIMechE used to be the hotbed of ideas and meeting points for Mechanical Engineers in Kaduna in the 80’s. Between late 80’s and early 90’s, the body transformed ‘to Mechanical Division during which Engr. Aderemi Oke was the Coordinator. In 1995, Engr. S.C. Omugo of blessed memory was elected as its first Chairman while Engr. J.O. David emerged as the first Secretary.’ He recalled.
Continuing, Engr Bello said ‘the forum eventually transformed from a Mechanical Division of NSE to the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers on 9th October, 2003 when the Divisions were transformed to institutions with Engr. A.I. Okolo, as Chairman and thus making Kaduna Chapter the first Chapter to be institutionalized. The official inauguration was done by the then Chairman of the Mechanical Division, Engr. (Chief) Akintunde S. Zedomi at Hamdala Hotel, Kaduna.’
‘Kaduna Chapter is the grandparent to all the other Chapters of the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Today NIMechE has over twenty five Chapters across the country. Between then and now, 10 distinguished Engineers have led the Chapter.’ He retrospects.
Engr Bello promised revitalization and re-positioning of the Chapter as he outlined his programmes. He praised the vision of elders and the leaders who have contributed to the rich history of the Chapter from 80’s and unveil plans to bring together mechanical engineering elders as part of his administration’s desire to tap from their experience and wisdom. The Chapter will be unveiling Elders’ Forum to achieve this. He also revealed plan toward establishing Mechanical Engineering Resource centre in partnership with the public and private sector in the state.
Other plans include massive membership drives, greater attention to Young engineers, and capacity building and professional development of the members, industry academic partnership, more engagement and robust relationship with government agencies and host of others as part of his administration efforts at re-positioning the Chapter.
Engr Ibrahim Bello solicits supports of members to join hands and make NIMECHE Kaduna chapter to become great again.
The National Chairman, Engr Dr. Ejilah Robinson, speaking through the National General Secretary, Engr Ibrahim Musa intimated the audience of the ongoing efforts at collaboration between Nigeria, through NIMechE and Cyprus in sharing of technological knowledge and student exchange programmes between the two countries for academic advancement. He commended the Guest Speaker, Engr Sani Malami and noted that the theme comes at the right time as Nigeria inevitably move toward industrialization and economic diversification. He noted that quality engineering education is the way to go. He urged the Chapter to align its activities with the National programmes objectives and increase focus on members’ welfare.
Engr Sani Malami, Head of Department, Mechanical Engineering, Kaduna Polytechnic delivered the inauguration lecture with theme: “Engineering Education as a Catalyst for National Infrastructural Development”. He spoke on the engineers’ contributions to infrastructural development in Nigeria, stating that it directly affects the economic, educational, transportation and health capability of the nation. He reminded engineers to be conscious of the fact that they play a major role in the smooth functionality of these infrastructures.
He also dwell on the environmental impact assessment as the responsibility of an engineer, therefore “an engineer is held accountable for the successes or failures of any infrastructures he/she is linked to.” He urged engineers to collaborate with other professionals in other fields to ensure the building and sustainability of a functional and stable society, with limited reports of failures whether in structural or managerial capacity.
“The safety of all the infrastructures built is paramount; therefore the priority of Nigerian engineers is to ensure the safety of Nigerians through the establishment standard infrastructures.” Engr Malami reminded. He concluded that without engineers, there would be no infrastructures or development in the society.
Outgoing Chairman, Engr. Dr. S. O. Yakubu ,Spoke on the achievements of the past regime which included industrial and courtesy visits, organized workshops for knowledge acquisition and technological awareness, membership growth, and revive newsletters. He implored the new chairman to focus on members’ subscription of dues, group dynamics competition which was last won by the Kaduna chapter in 2014 and 2015. He thanked members and expressed his gratitude for their contributions during his tenure and urged them to support the new Chairman as the Chapter build on its legacy.
During the installation ceremony of Engr Ibrahim Bello as the new Chapter Chairman of NIMECHE Kaduna chapter, His Citation was read by Engr Dr A. I. Jumare. Follow by Oath taking and swearing of the new Excos. The other executive members are:
- Engr Ibrahim Bello- Chairman
- Engr Christy Abraham – Vice Chair
- Engr Ojo Emmanuel Adedayo- General Secretary
- Engr Adache Lunus Adache – Technical Secretary
- Engr Ben Edet Ekpo – Assistant Technical Secretary
- Mr. Danfulani Gideon – Treasurer
- Mr Lucky Augustine – Financial Secretary
- Mr. Yekini Bello- PRO
- Engr Emmanuel Okon- Ex officio
Engr Tukur Gazali, MD, gave the closing remarks, stressing that countries like South Korea (created the same year as Nigeria) has left Nigeria behind in terms of technological advancements. Engr Gazali encouraged young engineers to aspire to become owners of great manufacturing companies and engineering firms in other for them to propel the country to stand a chance of competing with other countries of the world technologically.
Aside Engr. Aderemi Oke who was the Coordinator, Mechanical Division before it transformation to Institution, ten prominent and distinguished engineers have served as Chapter Chairmen of this great Institution from 1995 – 2018. They are Late Engr. S.C. Omugo (1995 – 2001), Engr. D.V. Onimowo, (2002 – 2003), Engr. A.I. Okolo, (2003 – 2004), Engr. O.A. Momoh (current Executive Secretary of NSE), (2005 – 2007), Engr. Ben Oseghale, (2007 – 2008), Engr. S.A.O. Samuel (2009 – 2011), Engr. J.O.David (2011 – 2013), Engr. Dr. Abubakar I. Jumare, (2013 – 2014), Engr E.K. Ayuba (2014 – 2017) and Engr. Dr. S.O. Yakubu (2017 – 2019. All of the graced the occasion with their presence.
Other dignitaries at the events are Engr Muhammad Lawal Magaji, MD Kaduna State Road Maintenance Agency, Hon. Muhammad Daiyabu Paki, DG, Kaduna State facilities Management Agency, Engr Ghazali M. Tukur, Managing Consultant, Gams & Abel Limited and host of others.
Distinguished service Awards were given to Engr. O.C. Ochu, Engr. B. K. Mhd, Engr. Rachel Ugye- Ama and Engr. Dr. Akindapo and two firms; Gams & Abell Ltd and Alim & Associates Ltd for their supports to the Chapters. All outgoing executive committee members were also honoured.
Kaduna Chapter Meeting comes up by 10am, every second to the last Saturday of the month. Venue is Kaduna State Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport, Sokoto Road, Kaduna. Chapter can be reached at 08054663900, and email email@example.com
Report by Charlie Ubonb Samuel, Isqil Najim