SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE NIGERIAN SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS (NSE) ENGR. BABAGANA MOHAMMED, AT THE COURTESY VISIT TO HIS EXCELLENCY ENGR. DAVID NWEZE UMAHI, THE GOVERNOR OF EBONYI STATE

Babagana Mohammed

SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE NIGERIAN SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS (NSE) ENGR. BABAGANA MOHAMMED, FNSE AT THE COURTESY VISIT TO HIS EXCELLENCY ENGR. DAVID NWEZE UMAHI, FNSE THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR OF EBONYI STATE ON MONDAY 11TH OCTOBER 2021 AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE, ABAKALIKI

Protocols

1.0    INTRODUCTION:

  • Delighted and honoured at acceptance by His Excellency the Governor of Ebonyi State, our own brother Engr. David Umahi whom Nigerian Engineers are so proud of as our worthy Ambassador in Nigerian politics. .
  • Warm appreciation to the Ambassador and members of his team on behalf of the Council and entire members of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE).
  • The Nigerian Society of Engineers(NSE) is the umbrella organisation of the Engineering profession in Nigeria.
  • Society established in 1958 with the main objectives of:
  • Providing quality Engineering services
  • Enhancing the professional competence and welfare of its members Collaborating with the various organs of Government and the various sectors of the economy with a view to positively influencing technical policies for the purpose of uplifting our dear country.
  • Membership strength – fifty-six thousand (56,000) Engineers
  • NSE is organised along professional disciplines as Divisions and Branches across the country with:
  • Twenty-five (25) professional Institutions or Divisions set up to cater for professional development across the respective disciplines of Engineering
  • Network of eighty-one (81) Branches spread across the entire country and in the Diaspora.
  • 79 Branches in Nigeria, Diaspora Branches include – USA (Houston), UK (London, Glasgow, and Manchester)

2.0    OUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

  • Intervention in Engineering Education and Training – We are engaging relevant stakeholders to undertake repair, refurbishment and replacement of deteriorated Engineering teaching and learning facilities in tertiary institutions to improve the quality of Engineering education and training.
  • Development of Nigerian Codes and Standards and Ethics of professional practice in the country.
  • Special Ad-hoc Committee on Power – set up to holistically study the lingering power supply problem in the country and come up with a comprehensive position paper on sustainable and long-lasting solutions. The Committee is made up of eminent Nigerian power Engineers. The Committee has completed its assignment satisfactorily and submitted its report to NSE. A formal position paper is being prepared to be submitted to Government.
  • Advocacy on Regional Economic Development: created an advocacy platform for exploitation and harnessing of regional resources endowments for rapid regional economic development through collaboration among government, academia, and industry in each region. The various regional study and planning teams have since started work with clearly defined Terms of Reference. The advocacy program is aimed at encouraging State governments to look inwards to exploit and harness their natural resources endowments through the organized private sector using technologies developed by tertiary institutions.
  • National TVET Summit: In consideration of the pivotal role of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in achieving sustainable economic and industrial development, we have proposed a National Summit to comprehensively discuss and proffer lasting strategies for “Revitalization and Sustenance of Technical and Vocational Education and Training in Nigeria”. NSE is on the verge of finalizing plans for the Summit.
  • Establishment of Engineering Staff College of Nigeria (ESCON). The proposed Engineering Staff College of Nigeria, which will be the first of its kind in Africa, will be an autonomous organ of NSE to provide for professional development of Engineers and Engineering managers and offer consultancy services to government and industry.

3.0  PROMOTING BUSINESS AND INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES  

       BETWEEN NIGERIA AND JORDAN

  • For many years after independence, Nigeria relied mainly on crude oil as source of revenue.
  • Focus shifted to agriculture at some point but was not sustained.
  • Nigeria has continued to over rely on oil revenue
  • With advancement in technology, nations have started seeking alternatives in renewable sources of energy, resulting in dwindling costs of crude oil.
  • With shrinking income, successive governments in Nigeria over the past few years have taken steps to redirect the country’s focus.
  • There has been a paradigm shift from oil to other mineral resources that abound in the country.
  • The Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development has named Nigeria’s strategic minerals to include Baryte, Gold, Bitumen, Iron Ore, Limestone, Lead-Zink and Coal.
  • The Ministry also has a well-articulated document named “Roadmap for the Growth and Development of the Nigerian Mining Industry” which contains abundant opportunities for businesses and investments waiting to be harnessed.
  • Nigeria is also in the push for knowledge-based economy. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is already ushering in a new economic form – the digital economy.
  • The Nigerian Society of Engineers, being a purely professional organisation, has been more concerned about the place of infrastructure in the country.
  • Nigerian Engineers have been partnering with government since independence to ensure provision of sustainable infrastructure to support economic activities across the country.
  • There are considerable achievements in Rail and Roads rehabilitation across Nigeria, the Power sector is undergoing continual reforms, the communications sector is considerably improving by the day as the Fifth Generation (5G) mobile network, a new global wireless standard is set to be launched in a couple of years, as announced by the Federal Ministry of Communications.

4.0 CONCLUSION:

I want to thank you again most sincerely for the invitation extended to the Nigerian Society of Engineers. I assure you that our doors are wide open for further collaborations and linkages should Jordanian businesses and professionals wish to approach us for more specific discussions.

Thank you and God bless you.

Engr. Babagana Mohammed, FNSE

President

 

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