As part of the activities lined up for the first International Conference of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, in Glasgow, Nigerian engineering professionals in the diaspora are rolling out grand initiatives to support local content development in Nigeria beyond their current roles of facilitating platforms for skills acquisition, capacity development for engineering personnel, and serving in technical engineering committees on power, engineering codes and standards, among others, Isqil Najim Reports.
This statement was contained in a pre-Convention briefing by Engr Dr. Oluseun Adediran, the Chairman of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Glasgow Branch, ahead of their maiden Engineering Convention tagged NSE-ENGCON Glasgow 2022 to be held in Paisley Glasgow from July 28-30th, 2022.
The Convention which is being organized in collaboration with the Social Innovation, Leadership and Management (SILM) School of Business and Creative Industries, of the University of the West of Scotland, is the first of its kind to be held by an international branch of the Nigerian Society of Engineers.
The branch was inaugurated on 11th of September 2021, under the distinguished leadership of Engr Babagana Mohammed, the immediate past President of the NSE. The inauguration ceremony attracted eminent personalities (both in Nigeria and abroad) such as the Governor of Borno State, the Nigerian High Commissioner to the UK, captains of industries, representatives from Universities in Scotland, as well as members of the NSE branches in Nigeria, London, Manchester, and the United States of America.
Dr Salifu said that that the forthcoming Convention will serve as the beginning of a series of local-content development initiatives of the branch geared towards developing engineering capacity and upgrading technical competence in Nigeria. He added that plans have been concluded for the launching of an online hub for training undergraduate and graduate students, university lecturers, and engineering practitioners in Nigeria, with relevant software skills in design and programming in order to build a huge reserve of globally skilled and competent engineers who will then be linked directly to local and international industries for employment.
The hub which is expected to take off in a tiered format over the next 5 years aims to empower Nigerian engineers to become globally competitive alongside counterparts in India and other countries to benefit from the huge numbers of remote employment opportunities offered by a surge in the volumes of engineering tasks outsourced by companies around the world.