Media urged to take a frontline role in Ghana’s quest to bridge technology gap

...As engineers and other technocrats introduce 'Peduase Declaration'. Ghana’s media, has been urged to take up a frontline role in the country’s quest to bridge the technology gap — as it prepares to be a relevant force in the West African sub-region and beyond. The call came during a media engagement hosted by the Ghana Institution of Engineering (GhIE), last Wednesday,...

NIMechE APPOINTS ACTING EXECUTIVE SECRETARY .

The Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers (NIMechE) has engaged the services of Engr. Akpan Udeme Victor as its new Acting Executive Secretary. The letter of offer of appointment released by the National Chairman comes with a probationary period of Six months with effect from 1st March 2019. The appointment was made on the recommendation of the NIMechE Executive Secretary...

Buhari to unveil $70m Oshodi transport interchange

President Muhammadu Buhari has agreed to inaugurate Africa’s first mega bus terminal, Oshodi Transport Interchange before May 29, officials of the Lagos State Government have confirmed. Besides, the president will equally unveil the 10-lane Oshodi-Murtala Mohammed International Airport road, another iconic transport infrastructure project the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode executed under two years. The state’s cabinet-ranking officials disclosed the plan...

Engineers Are Critical To Building Ghana— Ghana Vice President

Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has recognised the role engineers play towards infrastructural and economic development of Ghana. According to him, engineers are critical to the building of a new Ghana. He was speaking over the weekend at the 50th Presidential Inauguration Banquet of the Ghana Institution of Engineering (GhIE) at Akosombo in the Eastern Region. He noted emphatically that “engineers are...

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...

young Engineers: Goldman Sachs Will Pay You Big to Build

If you haven’t heard, Goldman Sachs is rolling out a one-year program aimed at giving young engineers access to the bank’s proprietary code and APIs to research and build new products. The headliner is that Goldman will pay recent graduates $100k for 12 months of work, even if nothing commercially viable comes out of the project. For those who...

Exxon considers sale of Nigerian oil and gas fields for $3b

Exxon Mobil recently held talks on the sale of a suite of oil and gas fields in Nigeria as the company focuses on new developments in US shale and Guyana, industry and banking sources told Reuters. The potential disposals are expected to include stakes in onshore and offshore fields and could raise up to $3 billion, two sources said. “Exxon is...

Buhari declines assent to bill seeking $1bn for completion of Ajaokuta steel company, l7 others

President Muhammadu Buhari has refused assent to the bill seeking for $1 billion for the completion of Ajaokuta Steel Company. The rejected bill with seven others were forwarded to him by the National Assembly in February this year. In separate letters read on the floor of the Senate Tuesday by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Buhari cited several reasons ranging from...

Apapa ports, logistics hobble productivity in manufacturing sectorBy Femi Adekoya

Despite upswing in the Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) last month, challenges at the Apapa ports continue to limit the rate of expansion, even as clearing costs take toll on raw materials importation. Already, latest financial report of companies in the fast moving consumer goods sector showed that production costs, and consequently gross margin were pressured by rising energy costs...

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 -...

Chinemelu Ezeh: The young scientist eager to serve

Sir: He is only 28 years old, but he is already rubbing shoulders with scientists and inventors at the highest level of advanced technological research. It’s not simply because Chinemelu Ejiamatu Ezeh has, at such an early age, earned a PhD. It’s to do with the field— Assistive Robotics – in which he has earned his doctorate. It’s also...

‘Bridging Infrastructure Deficit Requires 48% Funding From Private Sector’

Acting managing director/chief executive of the Infrastructure Bank, Mr. Ross Oluyede has stated that 48 per cent of funding needed to bridge the infrastructure deficit has to be sourced from private capital. This is even as he noted that private investors and financiers are willing to fund viable economic and social infrastructure provided the financing or transaction structure comprehensively addressed...

Aviation Division canvasses regular upgrade of air navigation infrastructure

The Aviation Division of the Nigerian Society of Engineers has asked the Federal Government to ensure regular upgrade of the nation’s navigational aids. The Chairman, Aeronautical Division, NSE, Engr Patrick Achurufe, while commending the Federal Government on the investment it made in the Total Radar Coverage of Nigeria project, called for a sustained upgrade of the facility. “Given that aviation is...

Conduct value-for-money audit of projects,  Engineers told.

Senior Minister of the Republic of Ghana, Yaw Osafo-Maafo, has called on Engineers in the country to ensure that there is value-for-money of all engineering projects. He made this call in a speech read on his behalf, as a special guest, by Andy Appiah Kubi, Deputy Minister of Railways, at the opening ceremony of the 2019 Ghana Institution of Engineering...

WomEng, RAEng Call For Female Innovators To Apply For 2019 Africa Innovation Fellowship

WomEng and the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) have invited female African innovators with early-stage engineering innovations or startups to apply for their 2019 cohort of Africa Innovation Fellowship (AIF). The main aim of the fellowship is to groom female entrepreneurs for future cohorts of the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation an initiative of Royal...