NUESA Summit: The Pandemic has opened opportunities to solution providers and problem solvers- Mike Sangster

The Nigerian Engineers, especially the younger ones have been tasked to be opened to opportunities during the Pandemic as it has opened up opportunities for solution providers. This was part of the advise given to the young engineers t the recently concluded NUESA summit which was organised virtually as a result of the pandemic.

Moderated by Adeolu Timothy,  and coordinated by the National Executive Member, Engr Chinyere Igwegbe, the meeting has the NSE President Engr Babagana Mohammed and COREN president Engr Ali Rabiu in attendance while the Managing Director of Total Exploration and Production, Mr Mike Sangster was the Guess Speaker.

Speaking at the event, which was organised under the Support of Nigerian Society of Engineers, the NSE president welcomed everyone to the virtual summit, and commended the choice of theme to align with the current global pandemic challenge. He restated his commitment towards young engineers development.

Babagana said part of his agenda during  his tenure is to ensure that young engineers are given a forum to express their views constructively. He round off his speech by commending t young members for engaging in positive programmes.

The COREN president, Engr Ali Rabiu who was represented by Engr. Mrs Precious Onuoha commendation to NUESA for birthing such an innovative programme. In his address, he said Engineering as a social enterprise is the relationship on how society is influenced by technology. And that there is a link between the country’s engineering capacity and economic development.

Further, Engr Rabiu said that engineering design and solution must uphold the dignity of man such as individuality, privacy and safety, engineers were therefore charged to focus on increasing standard of living for people. Engineering is life as it is the profession that provides comfort for humanity.

He rounded off by highlighting the efforts of COREN in policy making and providing ethical content for engineering education in tertiary institutions across the Nation. as well as efforts to ensure COREN registered engineers are globally competitive.

The MD of Total Exploration and Production, Mr Mike Sangster applauded the NSE continuing efforts at young engineers development. He praised the effort of the students in partaking in Nation building.

In the era of pandemic, a lot have happened and businesses and lives disrupted in ways never before expected. Mr. Sangster used the summit to highlight his company’s role in supporting Nigeria during the pandemic. He said that Total E & P along with her partners donated  #21 billion to the Federal Government of Nigeria towards the fight of the novel corona virus COVID-19. The company has also supported the Lagos and Rivers state government among others in providing medical supplies, equipment and even facilities in the fight against COVID-19.

Further, in his speech, Sangster said the pandemic has exposed the vulnerability and fragility of the Nigeria’s health sector, this has however opened up opportunities to solution providers and problem solvers. With shortage in ventilators, intensive care equipment/facilities, safe and affordable testing kits, personal protective gear etc. the smart innovators have enough to explore.

Stressing further, he also pointed out to the young engineers that there is need for local solution to problem of bad road, mechanized farming, farm produce storage and processing, affordable housing, provision of portable water, transportation of people and products, renewable energy and power generation to feed homes and industries. All these key areas and emerging fields that students and young professionals can key into to leverage on in a post-covid 19 era and beyond.

NUESA Summit is the first in series of such summit and organised virtually as a result of the restriction occasion by the coronavirus pandemic. The event was coordinated by the National Executive Committee Member, and Chair of the Society Publicity Committee, Engr Chinyere Igwegbe.

Earlier, the President of NUESA, Dauda Monsuru highlighted the objective of the Summit by NUESA which an acronym for Nigeria University of Engineering Students Association and is affiliated to Nigerian Society of Engineers. Speaking on the reason for the choice of the theme, he said in his address. that with the pandemic affecting global economy and also  Nigeria, the world business and work social is  no longer the same.He however noted that the pandemic has forced the world to learn to innovate and as engineers this is where we are mostly needed.

-Isqil Najim (Isqilnajim)

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