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Africa Awaits Nigeria to Lead in ICT Skills Development- Dr. Ike Adinde

The Administrator of Digital Bridge Institute, Dr. Ike Adinde, in this interview with Emma Okonji said the recent World Bank report that Nigeria is under-investing in human capital development should propel the nation to do more in funding information communication technology skills development. Excerpts: What is your view on the recent Word Bank report that Nigeria is under-investing in human...

Conversation with Academy of Engineering President: A tradition of distinction for Fola Lasisi By Victor Gbonegun

The soft-spoken Prof. FOLA LASISI, former Vice Chancellor, University of Uyo and Crescent University, Abeokuta has made a mark for himself in the engineering profession. He cuts his teeth in structural design before venturing into teaching. In this rare conversation, the new president, Nigerian Academy of Engineering relates his life experiences with VICTOR GBONEGUN. Early life/Education I was born on February 23,...

No profession is exclusive to men –Engr. Felicia Agubata

Engineer Felicia Agubata is the Chief Engineer at the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA). She is also the President, Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN). In this interview, she harped on the importance of women engineers to remain in the field, without migrating to other sectors. What prompted you to go into engineering? My flair for mathematics and ability...

Maintenance of bridges should be a routine activity – Engr Atumonyogo

National Chairman, Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineers, Eddy Atumonyogo, in this interview with MAUREEN IHUA-MADUENYI, says government at various levels should engage professionals for maintenance of bridges and other public infrastructure across the country The Third Mainland Bridge was recently closed for investigative maintenance test to be carried out on it. What does the process entail? It was closed to carry...

We’ve secured N567bn to deliver 20,000MW electricity – TCN boss Mohammed

Mr Usman Gur Mohammed is the Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and also Chairman, West African Power Pool’s (WAPP) Executive Board. In this interview, he explains how the public utility will utilise a $1.57bn (about N567.3 billion) multilateral funding to raise grid capacity to 20,000MW in four years. You have been at TCN for over one...

Olatunji Ariyomo: Ondo Working on Improving Rural Electricity

Special Adviser to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State on Public Utilities, Engr. Tunji Light Ariyomo in this interview with Kayode Fasua expresses relief that Ondo State has met the needed conditions to secure a $US57 million foreign aid, aimed at realising its ambitious water projects. Excerpts: Can you offer some insights into the state of public utilities in Ondo...

Prof. Awojobi showed what young Nigerian talent can achieve if properly applied – Abdulhameed Obileye

Abdulhameed Obileye is the chairman of the Professor Awojobi Design Competition (PAADC) organized by University of Lagos. He spoke to Isqil Najim on the competition and other issues. Enjoy Can we meet you? My name is Abdulhameed Obileye, a Mechanical Engineering undergraduate at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. I am passionate about problem solving, youth engagement andnation building. Currently, I...

We need to go back to basics to revamp Quality Engineering- High Chief Tunde Zedomi

Isqil Najim had a Professional engagement with High Chief, Engr. Chief Zedomi, an Engineer of repute an Inaugural Chairman, NSE Apapa Branch. He is a former Chairman, Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM) & its Council member for many years. A past Chairman of the Mechanical Division of Engineers and the first  President of NIMechE. Preamble: The following comments triggered my...

The Nation: ‘Until we embrace science and technology Nigeria cannot grow’-

The story of Engr. Alfred Irabor Okoigun, who sits atop Arco Group Plc as Chairman/Group Managing Director, is a very riveting story indeed. A man destined for greatness, just after a two-year stint at the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) resigned from a very promising career to set up shop in 1980 and has never looked back ever since....

Don’t Dream About Solutions, Dream About Problems by Ilse Breedvelt

When Ilse Breedvelt, IBM Master Inventor and Interaction Architect in Business Analytics, was a young girl in The Netherlands, she’d ride her bicycle to school and take the hour to think of unusual ideas. During her ride, she would hear the larger cars coming up behind her. But not the smaller cars. Ilse One day she thought: What if smaller...