WELCOME ADDRESS BY: ENGR. GODWIN ONORIODE ENIBUETA, MNSE, FNIMechE,
OUTGOING CHAIRMAN OF THE NIGERIAN SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS, WARRI BRANCH AT THE 2022 ANNUAL DINNER / PUBLIC LECTURE, ON SATURDAY 5TH NOVEMBER, 2022.
Distinguished Chairman of the occasion, Engr. T. S. Gidari-Wudil FNSE, President Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) Special Guests of Honour, Government Functionaries, Distinguished Exco, Fellows of the NSE, Royal Fathers, Spiritual Fathers, Members, Associates, Graduates, Students, Gentlemen of the Press, Ladies and Gentlemen.
It is with great pleasure that I welcome everyone to the NSE Warri Branch 2022 Annual Dinner / Public Lecture. Today’s Lecture will be delivered by an erudite personality and Past President of the NSE, His Royalty, Engr. Otis T. Anyaeji, FNSE, FAEng, Obi Onowo II N’Okija, on the theme “Revisiting Engineering Regulatory Models For African Countries”. Listen and expand your frontiers from the wealth and fountains of knowledge of this great Engineer. Today’s event marks the climax of my tenure as the Chairman of the NSE Warri Branch and heralds the beginning of a new leadership. We will equally witness other activities such as Induction of new members, Awards and Recognitions etc. Please relax and enjoy yourselves.
After two eventful years as the Chairman of the NSE Warri Branch, it is time for me to take a bow as the stage is set for a new Chairman to pilot the affairs of the Branch for the years 2023/2024. I am glad to say that the Branch has been enriched in the past two years of my leadership and we have revived the zeal and enthusiasm that makes the NSE Warri Branch tick. I sincerely appreciate the opportunity and privilege to serve the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Warri Branch at this level, which has afforded me a veritable platform to impact the Branch, our members, the Engineering profession and the society positively.
Our great leaders here will agree with me that ‘to lead into excellence is much more than speech making and essay writing’. It gladdens my heart when I look back and see where we are coming from and what we have achieved over the course of my years of sojourn at the helm of affairs of the NSE Warri Branch. In the period under my leadership we were able to revive the Branch activities and members interest through our programs which include among other things:
• Relocation of the Branch Secretariat to a new office that is comfortable for staffs and members.
• Procure essential office furniture and equipment for enhanced working of Staffs and Exco.
• Improved the Branch visibility through engagement in enlightenment programs and commitment to proffering solutions to problems that affects the people and government.
• Organized the Branch 40th Anniversary Celebration.
• Rejuvenation and re-entry of our land for development after hiatus of over10 years.
• Execute the groundbreaking ceremony of the Warri Engineering Centre at our land in Edjeba, Warri.
• Introduced Career Development and Mentorship Program for Youth Corps Engineering Graduate.
• Organized World Engineering Public Lectures at the Branch level.
• Career Talks to Secondary Schools and Industrial Visits to companies.
• Strategic Partnership with Engineering & Allied Companies.
• Introduction of meals during our Monthly Branch Meetings.
• Positive engagement and necessary intervention with Students Chapters and Youth Corp members.
• Enhanced visibility and knowledge sharing through the introduction of Webinar Series.
In January 2022 we commenced construction work with the fencing of our land at Edjeba but work was suspended due to some boundary issues that arose; we are on top of the situation and construction will soon re-commence. We must support the new Chairman as he continues in our quest of building a befitting Engineering Centre / Secretariat for the Branch.
Just like we built on the foundations laid by the leaders before us, we have equally bequeathed a roadmap and development template upon which future developments of the Branch will be built upon.
I can say without any equivocation that my administration enjoyed the support of the Distinguished Fellows and members of our great Branch. I urge our Fellows and members to extend the same support to my successor, Engr. Dr. Sony Ali, MNSE, towards taking the Branch to greater heights. Time and space will not permit me but I will not fail to acknowledge the support of some key personalities which include Engr. Dr. Benson E. Okah-Avae, FNSE, Engr. C. W. Wamuo, FNSE, Engr. G. D. Akepri, FNSE, Engr. Michael Idinmachi FNSE, Engr. Wilson Ogubere, FNSE, Engr. Asa Pokima, FNSE, Engr. Joseph Eghwrudje FNSE, Engr. Goodluck T.A. Ohwodo, FNSE, Engr. Ajiroghene Ogedegbe, FNSE, Engr. Godwin Edema Temile, FNSE, Engr. Dr. Samuel Adjogbe, FNSE, Engr. Ogheneteme Pupu, FNSE and others too numerous to mention.
I will not forget to remind us that we had some low moments as we lost some members to the cold hands of death. Notable among them are Engr. Samuel Ifeanyi Ukwuaba, FNSE, Engr. Mozi Agara, FNSE, and Engr. Augustine O. Edeki, FNSE. Let’s have a minute of silence in honour of our departed Branch members.
On behalf of the NSE Warri Branch, I sincerely thank all our partners and sponsors for their resourcefulness and encouragement.
Membership welfare has been our top priority from the onset of my administration. This was demonstrated in the way and manner that we responded to member’s social functions and job placement on all our platforms. We are using this medium to call on the State Government to implement the Enhanced Entry Point for Engineers in Public Service as recommended by the Head of Federal Civil Service in December, 2018 with states like Lagos, Rivers, Cross-River, Akwa-Ibom and others taking the lead in the implementation.
My profound gratitude goes to all our Past Chairmen, Exco members, members of the Branch and the Secretariat Staff for their contributions and support in making this administration achieve outstanding success. Special appreciation goes to our dynamic Engineers Spouses Association (ESA) for keeping the association alive and for their continued support and participation in our programs and activities.
And finally, I would like to say a ‘BIG THANK YOU’ to the Planning Committee led by Engr. Benson Ntukidem, MNSE, for their initiative, dedication and hard work, in making the 2022 Annual Dinner/Public Lecture a success.
ENGR. GODWIN ONORIODE ENIBUETA, MNSE, FMNIMechE
Chairman, NSE Warri Branch, 2021/2022