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Buhari’s New Cabinet : In Dire Need of Engineers by Christian Okwori

“Put your money where your mouth is”, is a 19th century American adage that has and will continue to haunt Nigeria until we start matching our voices with our choices. Before one could say Jack Robinson, 4years has gone with the wind, and we are still complaining of poor electricity with just about 3000MW(around 1999 figures) from the system...

Much ado about Third Mainland Bridge OKWY IROEGBU-CHIKEZIE

The news on the social media was startling: Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos is unsafe for use. No thanks to its weak joints. Like most bridges, the 20 year-old Third Mainland, has expansion joints aimed at mitigating the impact of movements or vibrations on road users. When these joints are weak or distressed, they cause discomforts, fear and trepidation an even...

Nigerian universities are suffering from neglect. Why this should stop by By Isaac Adebayo Adeyemi

THE level of funding of the education sector has been recognised as one of the major factors that contribute to quality education. This, in turn, determines the growth and development of a country. It’s also been acknowledged that quality education determines the success in achieving sustainable development goals. As Irina Bokova, the former Director-General, UNESCO, said: Quality education, inclusive education, has...

THE INGENIOUS PROFESSION BY EKE AUGUSTINE

Engineering is an ingenious profession! It is driven largely by highlevel application of brainwork. 'Engineering' entails doing what one has never done or been specifically taught and literally means "Doing brainwork or mindwork" as well as 'Working with one's brain or mind'. The word 'Ingenier' (ie Engineer) was gotten from "engine" derived from 'Ingenium', the Latin word for mind or...

What Happens Before and After The Mentor Drops in By Athan Oparaji

Athan Oparaji

In this life that we live, I figured out that you can't do it all alone.This is why I wrote the Cob of Greatness as a poem. But before that I used to think I could do it all alone because even though I look simple and fragile, I have the mind of a bull. You can't break me, my...

RE-ENGINEERING THE ENGINEERS FOR OPTIMUM NATIONAL ECONOMIC GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT BY DR. HILARY OWAMAH

presented at the 60th Anniversary Colloquium of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, held at the NAF Conference Centre, Kado, Abuja; By Engr Hilary Ijeoma OWAMAH,(Ph.D., MNSE, COREN Regd.), Senior Lecturer/Ag. HOD(Civil Engineering),Delta State University, Abraka;President, Academic Research and Entrepreneurship Development (A-RED) Initiative, Asaba.ProtocolINTRODUCTIONIt is indeed a great privilege to be invited as the guest speaker for this great occasion,...

Carbon Pricing Should Drive African Devt, Not Hinder It By Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Government leaders often ask me how they can achieve development goals, such as expanding energy access, while tackling climate change. Some say, “Shouldn’t we use our coal resources to give people electricity first, then go low-carbon later?” The answer is no. A mounting body of evidence shows that development and climate action go hand-in-hand. In fact, research from The New...

Ita Faaji: Preventing Another Building Collapse by Ojo Maduekwe

As the melting pot of Nigeria, Lagos with over 20 million residents is congested. The weight of this huge population on a state with 3,577 km2 landmass is crushing. Vehicular and human traffic have become part of the city’s landscape, and building collapse a recurring eyesore. From 1971 to 2016, there were 175 building collapses across the country, resulting in...

Nigeria’s N35billion Tower of BabelBy Lasisi Olagunju

The Federal Government announced last week Wednesday that it had approved N1.4billion to design the head office of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR). Someone heard the bombshell and shouted Halleluyah! The person said Nigeria is now designing its own Tower of Babel! I agree. Only a Tower of Babel - so tall its top reaches the heavens -...

Tropical cyclone Idai: The storm that knew no boundaries by Jennifer Fitchett

Tropical cyclone Idai has made headlines across southern Africa throughout the month of March. Lingering in the Mozambique Channel at tropical cyclone intensity for six days, the storm made landfall in Beira, Mozambique in the middle of the month, then tracked in a westerly direction until its dissipation. The greatest impact of the storm was experienced on landfall. It caused...