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    Engineers must place emphasis on project’s quality and contribute into sustainable infrastructure development – Erelu Oguntala

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    Nigerian Engineers have been advised to pay more attention to the Quality of their Works in order to contribute into sustainable infrastructures. This was at the recent Public Lecture organized by Nigerian Society of Engineers, Apapa Branch. The event, which was part of the Branch’s efforts at contributing to the Global Goals and the state of the nation’s infrastructures held at National Engineering Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, where Engr Margaret Aina Oguntala was the keynote speaker.

    The Branch Chairman, Dr. Ombugadu Garba, in his welcome address observed that poorly executed infrastructure projects have negative impact on the national economy; and attainment of sustainable infrastructures cannot be divorced from the quality of work done by engineers. 

    Taking a glimpse at the “Universal, integrated and transformative” 2030 Agenda of UN, The keynote Speaker, Engr Margaret Oguntala, also known as Erelu, observed that 9 out of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs concern Engineers and therefore their works are connected to the attainment of the Goals through their contribution into Environment, the Economy and Social development.

    Engineers’ work, she said, “are very vital in upholding Poverty Alleviation, Infrastructure Development, Economic growth and stability”

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    She advised engineers to follow guiding principles which includes being environmentally conscious, innovative and products beneficial to the society. However, all of these cannot be achieved unless their work conform to acceptable quality standards.

    According to her, “delivering quality service involves understanding the process of managing a project and knowing what should be done at all times.”

    She identifies steps necessary for the attainment of Quality service delivery in engineering projects and advised that engineers should have a good quality management plan for each project, bearing in mind the saying that, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail”

    Erelu as she is popularly called recommended that Engineers must accept the responsibility to provide effective and innovative solutions in addressing the challenges of sustainability.

    “It is no longer enough to be an engineer who designs and constructs; engineers must strive to be interdisciplinary, system specialists who will bring together, coordinate and manage the entire system to solve complex societal problems and promote sustainable development.”  Engr Margaret Oguntala.

    Further, she said that Engineers must increasingly play stronger roles in policy formation while urging Government to recognize the need to listen to the professional recommendations as regard public infrastructures and other related matters.

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    Engineering professional associations must provide leadership and enforce professional Codes and Standards that make sustainable economic development high priority in engineering and business both in practice and in the education of upcoming engineers.

    “It is no longer enough to be an engineer who designs and construct, engineers must strive to be interdisciplinary, who coordinate and manage entire system to solve complex societal problems and promote sustainable development… And whether we are creating new infrastructure or maintaining existing ones, we must bear in mind that delivering Quality service is a sure path to wealth and most importantly, Sustainable infrastructure Development.” She concluded.

    At the event, Mr Oritsedere Otubu, Chairman of Elekron Energy and Mining Nigeria Limited was the Special Guest of Honour. Other dignitaries are, Engr idiat Amusu, Former APWEN president, Engr Olorunfemi Ademola Isaac, Immediate Past President of NSE, Engr Ugochukwu Nzurumike, National Chairman of NIMechE (representing the NSE President Otis Anyaeji).

    Other at the event are Engr Tunde Zedomi, Past National Chairman of NIMechE and Past Chairman of Apapa Branch, Engr Babagana Muhammad a former Vice President of NSE, Engr Dauda Aluya the outgoing Chairman of NSE Auchi, Engr Ezeokwu Zilas , National Executive Committee Member, Engr Olu Ogunduliye, Chairman and CEO Kenol Nigeria Limited, Engr Siky Adewale Aliyu, MD NETCO among others.

    The event also witnessed the induction of 10 new engineers into the fold while Engr Siky Adewale Aliyu received distinguished Award.

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    About Engr Oguntala 

    Engr. Mrs. Margaret Aina Oguntala, FNSE popularly called Erelu of NSE Is chemical Engineer with accumulated experience spanning 31 years in the industry. She is the MD/CEO of Bamsat Nigeria Limited as well as Managing Partner of Bamsat Engineering Services Ltd. Both companies are involved in Environmental consultancy, fire/safety and civil/mechanical engineering services respectively. She has been Vice president of NSE thrice and a former Chairman of NSE Ikeja Branch. She currently serves on the 11th Governing Council of Lagos State Polytechnic. She was recently inducted into Nigerian’s Construction & Engineering Industry Hall of Fame 2017.

    About Mr. Oritsedere Otubu 

    He is the Chairman Elekron Energy and Mining Nigeria Limited. HE is one of the Nigeria’s most accomplished , self motivated entrepreneurs with diversified portfolio of investment in banking, insurance, Power, Oil and Gas etc. he is a Alumni of Houston Baptist University and Harvard Business School. He coordinates a “quasi entrepreneur mentoring programme” and support humanitarian causes. 

    About Engr Siky Adewale Aliyu 

    Engr Adewale has over 33 years experience in the midstream and downstream sector of Oil and Gas industry in Nigeria, UK, Netherland and USA. Currently the Managing Director of NETCO where he has successfully secured and executed high profile projects for the company. he is a member of Council and Board of Director of Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers from 1991 to 1996. Engr Siky is a fellow of Nigecian Society of Engineers, Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers and chattered Engineer.

    Engineers must place emphasis on project's quality and contribute into sustainable infrastructure development - Erelu Oguntala

    Engineers must place emphasis on project's quality and contribute into sustainable infrastructure development - Erelu Oguntala Engineers must place emphasis on project's quality and contribute into sustainable infrastructure development - Erelu Oguntala

    Engineers must place emphasis on project's quality and contribute into sustainable infrastructure development - Erelu Oguntala

    Engineers must place emphasis on project's quality and contribute into sustainable infrastructure development - Erelu Oguntala

    Engineers must place emphasis on project's quality and contribute into sustainable infrastructure development - Erelu Oguntala

    Engineers must place emphasis on project's quality and contribute into sustainable infrastructure development - Erelu Oguntala

    Engineers must place emphasis on project's quality and contribute into sustainable infrastructure development - Erelu Oguntala

    Engineers must place emphasis on project's quality and contribute into sustainable infrastructure development - Erelu Oguntala

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    1 COMMENT

    1. Nice one madam. However; to Design and Construct, there is usually a
      1. Preliminary Model,
      2. Computer Model,
      3. Working Model, and
      4. Final Model.
      For the sake of young Engineers reading this.
      Thank you, Ma!
      Keep it up, my first female NSE President.

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