In a world where there is increasing demand for more professionals who get involved in transformation of raw materials into products as part of contributions to economic growth; and to assist in addressing the challenges of reducing, if not eliminating pollution, tackling water shortage, recycling dangerous chemicals and wastes processing, improved in medical and pharmaceutical products while also ensuring safe consumption for humanity, the need for chemical engineers are ever increasing.
What is more, the above are part of the United Nation, Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs. With diverse areas of specializations where the practitioners can work, it is therefore of huge importance that we have more chemical engineers, especially talented ones who are capable of thinking out of the box and who can help solve some of the society problems.
It is for this reason that the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers, NSChE Lagos-Ogun Chapter make it a part of its commitments to invest in career development of young people while also providing both counselling and professional guide needed to instill in them the love of engineering. While, the Society have been investing in both graduates and undergraduate chemical engineers, it recognizes the need to also contribute to the foundation level at secondary school because of its crucial importance in preparing the students for the challenges ahead and also assisting them in choice of career.
On Tuesday, 26th November 2019 the Society organised its Career Talk for selected secondary schools. Participants were drawn from eight schools comprising: The Ambassadors College Ota, Saint Michael’s high school Otta, Iganmode Grammar school, Ansar-ud-deen comprehensive college Otta, Anglican Grammar school, Ansar-ud-deen comprehensive College Itele, Covenant university secondary school and Commercial secondary school Atan.
In his opening speech, the chairman of the Chapter, Dr. Kamilu Oyedeko said the world is fast changing especially in the technology sector hence the increasing demand for engineers. He said engineers can be found everywhere in every sector as it is an important profession which offers diverse opportunities as a result of the training of the engineers where they are instilled with the ability to solve problems.
The session theme focused on what chemical engineering is about and what chemical engineers do. Dr Mrs. Edith Alagbe, a National Executive member of NSchE, in her presentation took the young minds into the world of chemical engineering while also explaining the various opportunities abounding in the profession. She said more chemical engineers are needed because they are drivers of industrialization. A Chemical engineer can work in various industry such as in manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, design and construction, pulp and paper, petrochemicals, food processing, specialty chemicals, microelectronics, electronic and advanced materials, polymers, business services, biotechnology, and environmental health and safety industries, among others.
Dr Kamilu Oyedeko, the chairman of the chapter explained what the discipline is about, the subject required to study them in the university and the sectors chemical engineers can work. He said knowledge in STEM subjects are important especially mathematics, there are also research institutes where knowledge is worked on. Dr Augustine Ayeni also spoke extensively on the discipline. He share experience on the journey towards becoming a professor on the field.
The students were also enlightened on required subject combination needed to be eligible to study Chemical Engineering as well as the institutions where their journey towards becoming a registered engineer can be nurtured.
The students were told that it would take too long to list all the products that are impacted by chemical engineers, but knowing what industries employ them may help you comprehend the scope of their work. Chemical engineers work in manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, design and construction, pulp and paper, petrochemicals, food processing, specialty chemicals, microelectronics, electronic and advanced materials, polymers, business services, biotechnology, and environmental health and safety industries, among others.
In attendance at the event are: Engr. Dr K F K Oyedeko FNSCHE Chairman, Engr Olusegun Sorensen vice Chairman, Engr. Dr Edith Alagbe – Asst. National Treasurer, Engr Adebayo Majonagbe Treasurer, Engr Adewale Adeyombo publicity Secretary, Mr Ayodeji Faro – Asst Secretary (Chapter), Dr. Augustine Ayeni, HOD – Chemical Engineering Department, Covenant University, Prof. David Omole – Dean, College of Engineering, Covenant University.
compiled by Mariam Haruna,