OPENING REMARKS BY ENGR ADENIRAN FELIX IBITOYE, CHAIRMAN, MEMBERSHIP SERVICES COMMITTEE, AT THE ONE DAY SEMINAR FOR THE CHIEF EXAMINERS AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS, HELD ON MARCH 1st, 2018, AT THE NSE HQ AUDITORIUM, ABUJA.
Mr. President, Deputy President, Vice Presidents, EXCO Members, Ag.Executive Secretary, Branch & Division Chairmen, Chief Examiners, Examination Coordinators, Membership & IT staff, Ladies and Gentlemen, you all welcome here today, to a seminar organized for the Chief Examiners and other Stakeholders. We are gathered to deliberate on what is common to every individual present in this hall, which is Membership services, wherein lies one of the very essences of our noble Society.
Before I proceed, I want to appreciate the efforts of our Predecessors, Chairmen of Membership Services Committee, who have succeeded in their own individual capacity, in improving on the membership drive. We appreciate your un-relented efforts and contributions over the period that you have served and also maintained the integrity of our Society, as far as membership services is concerned. I want to say thank you to those of us who are present here today and those who are not able to be here with us.
You may recall that over the years, membership services have been as it were, business as usual. By your mandate, I stand before you today on behalf of Membership Services Committee and I promise you that we are here for real business, in repositioning the department to make a difference.
Considering the current economic situation of the Nation, we all know that times are hard, hence it is wise to follow up with the vision and mandate of our President, Engr. Adekunle Mokuolu, FNSE, to run with Technology because that is what we represent, to promote the development of local infrastructure and to tailor our expenses towards our budget. We want to commend the leadership skill of the President in enforcing the e-payment for registration of new members, workshops, among others.
In view of this, drastic action has to be taken to bring about changes in the membership department such as;
∙ Elimination of hardcopies of workshop course outline, Flyers (MCPE & CoPEEE), which are readily available and accessible anytime on our website.
∙ Computer Based Test almost ready for completion (proposed to commence from September 2018 Diet)
∙ Social media platform has also been created to enhance smooth work relationship between the Committee Members, Coordinators and Staff to resolve Membership issues on real time basis. We are using this medium to notify all the Chief Examiners that same shall be created in few hours from now for efficiency and effectiveness.
The seminar of today will focus more on addressing the following;
∙ Communication Etiquettes during examination and workplace
∙ Overview of Guidelines, Procedures & Eligibility of Admission for all Categories of member as contained in the new NSE structure.
∙ Responsibilities of the Chief Examiners and Marketing Scheme of NSE Examination
∙ Relationship between Branch Chairmen and Chief Examiners
∙ New Examination Guidelines, Examination Syllabus, (as reviewed by me and my team which will be made available to Chief Examiners for their input before uploading on our website), Uniform Report Writing Format/Template and Marking Guide.
∙ Handling of Examination Scripts by Chief Examiners and the expected date of arrival at NSE HQ. Also penalties for Defaulters for Branches/Examination Centres, for late submission of results to the NSE HQ
∙ Proper channel of complaints on common examination issues (Missing Scripts, Forged Certificates, Examination malpractices, etc).
∙ Chief Examiners Responsibilities and Marking Scheme of the NSE Examination.
∙ Emotional Intelligence
∙ Review of application vetting stage (Sectional Head, Admission Committee, MCPE & COPEEE workshops, Examination stage)
∙ Review of verification of Candidate’s Credentials (MCPE or CoPEEE Certificate is now a compulsory examination requirement for each Candidate depending on his/her category).
∙ Feedback assessment form for NSE mandatory course (MCPE & CopEEE)
∙ Expected and approved examination ambience for Candidates (Any Centre that falls short of the approved guidelines shall be queried)
As earlier mentioned above, it is worthy to note that from September 2018, the Society’s examinations shall be Computer Based Test and this on its own eliminates a lot of human interference and consequently reducing expenditure on the side of the Society.
In furtherance to the mandate of the President to run with technology, we will like to encourage all Stakeholders to be E-compliant and to visit NSE website for up to date information.
I want to appreciate the Members of the Central Admission Vetting Sub-Committee, Membership Staff and IT departments of the NSE, who have been working tirelessly online. Their cooperation, coordination and relentless efforts in making sure this April diet succeeds is commendable. Their prompt delivery on their various assignments has drastically reduced complaints from Applicants.
All of the above are to give better service and by God’s grace help the Society be at par with other notable professional bodies in the global world.
We hope that all Branch Chairmen, Chief Examiners and other Stakeholders concerned will make this information available to their Co-Examiners, MCPE and CoPEEE Coordinators in their domain, Administrative Secretaries and others.
I wish you a wonderful time and happy deliberations.
Engr. IBITOYE Adeniran Felix Kilomodemo, FNSE