On the Thursday, 5th March, 2020, the Chairman, NIMechE Collaboration and International Relations Committee, and Immediate Former National Chairman, Engr. Dr Robinson I. Ejilah, led a two-man delegation on behalf of the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers to the International Headquarters of Engineering Against Poverty (EAP) on the 5th Floor, Woolgate Exchange, 25 Basinghall Street, London, Accompanying the Chairman of the Committee, is a Committee member, Engr. Osazoduwa Agboneni, – a fellow of the Institution, and a three- time grant awardee of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
The mission of this visit was to deepen the existing partnership between the two organizations. Dr. Ejilah expressed his profound gratitude to EAP for playing a very key role in the last two years as an evaluation partner to NIMechE for the Grand Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) Africa Catalyst programme.
Dr. Robinson I. Ejilah, also sought EAP’s support in building the capacity of Nigerian Mechanical Engineers in local content development for job and wealth creation through enhanced education and training programmes to tackle the challenges of poverty, inadequate education, gender inequality, unsafe drinking water and sanitation, unaffordable and unfriendly fuels, underperforming industries and poor infrastructure, and unsustainable cities and communities- in attainment of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) 1,4,5,6,7,9, and 11 respectively. The leader of the NIMechE delegation was emphatic that skill building is central to achieving these laudable objectives, and hence training and mentoring of young mechanical engineers will be required to bridge the skill gap and provide the needed human capacity to address these challenges. Dr Ejilah called for a comprehensive training intervention programme on Project Monitoring and Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) for Nigerian mechanical engineers; and a sustainability measure to achieve the earmarked SDGs.
The EAP team ably led by Executive Director, Mr Petter Mattews, and accompanied by Mr John Hawkins, EAP Programme Director; and Ms Amanda Oduka, EAP Programme Manager, warmly welcomed the NIMechE delegation and expressed their delight to intervene in specific areas of local content development and training, to meet the urgent and pressing needs of Nigerian mechanical engineers in project execution and implementation in the no distant future.
EAP is an independent, organization. Its mission is to promote infrastructure policy and practice with sustainable social, economic and environmental impacts in a manner that will contribute towards the elimination of poverty. As a strategic partner of NIMechE, EAP played a very important role in training NIMechE members on Engineering Project Monitoring and Evaluation, and also assisted NIMechE develop a gender and diversity policy document- an endeavor that set NIMechE apart, as the first Nigerian Professional Engineering Institution with a policy geared towards promoting inclusion and managing diversity challenges all through the ranks of its membership.