Nigerian Society of Engineers 50th National Engineering Conference

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Nigerian Society of Engineers 50th National Engineering Conference

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COMMUNIQUÉ OF THE 50th NATIONAL ENGINEERING CONFERENCE, EXHIBITION AND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE NIGERIAN SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS (NSE), "ABUJA 2017" HELD AT CHIDA EVENT CENTRE, UTAKO, ABUJA, FROM 20TH - 24TH NOVEMBER, 2017.

PREAMBLE

The 50th National Engineering Conference, Exhibition and Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) tagged "ABUJA 2017" was held at Chida Events Centre, Utako, Abuja from 20th - 24th November, 2017. The theme of the Conference was "Diversification of Nigerian Economy: Engineering Perspective".

The five-day event comprised variety of activities including the Opening Ceremony, Plenary and Technical Sessions. Panel Discussions and Poster Presentations, Symposium by the College of Fellows, Nigerian Content Workshop, Group Dynamics for NSE Divisions and Branches, Students' Programme and Young Engineers Forum were part of the activities. The Conference was enriched with other social activities that enhanced interaction amongst the participants. These included Excursions, Spouses Programme, Cultural Nite, Welfare Nite, Annual General Meeting (AGM), Annual Dinner/Dance, Engineering Games, Election of National Officers of the Society and Closing Ceremony. All activities were well attended by Engineers and their Spouses, Researchers, Academia, Industrialists, Local and Foreign Investors, Policy makers, Legislators, Development Partners, and experts from all walks of life. Four thousand, one hundred and fifty two (4,681) participants registered for the Conference. Twenty one (21) lead papers were presented and discussed at 4 plenary sessions, 70 technical papers and 10 posters on the sub-themes. Fifteen (15) foreign delegates from Ghana and Sierra Leone also participated in the conference. Sixteen accredited companies and organizations participated in the exhibition.

INTRODUCTION

The opening ceremony was chaired by the President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Engr. Otis Oliver Tabugbo Anyaeji, FNSE, FAEng. The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari GCFR (FNSE) was ably represented by the Hon. Minister of Science and Technology, Engr. Dr. Christopher Ogbonnaya Onu, FNSE, as Special Guest of Honour. The President of NSE, Engr. Otis Oliver Tabugbo Anyaeji, FNSE, FAEng, delivered the welcome address. The Hon Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Mohammad Musa Bello, who was ably represented by the Executive Secretary of Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Engr. Umar Gambo Jibrin, FNSE also graced the occasion as the Chief Host and delivered a goodwill message. Other distinguished dignitaries who made presentations included the Senate President who was ably represented by the Deputy Chief Whip, Engr. Senator Alimikhena Asekhame Francis; the Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, His Excellency Rear Admiral (Rtd) John Jonah, FNSE and Engr. Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, FNSE. The Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives was equally represented by Hon. Solomon Maren. The Chief of Defense Staff, ably represented by Air Vice Marshal Jomo Osahor, Chairman of Channels TV, Chief John Momoh and Managing Director, Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA), Engr. Nurudeen Rafindadi, FNSE were also in attendance. The keynote address was delivered by the Hon. Minster of Science and Technology, Engr. Dr. Christopher Ogbonnaya Onu, FNSE. He emphasized the position of the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) to shift from resource and/or commodity driven economy to knowledge and technology driven economy. He elaborated on the three (3) major policy thrusts of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology and how these would be deployed to facilitate the implementation of Economic Recovery and Growth Plan in the short term as well as diversifying the Nigerian Economy in the long term.

The high point of the ceremony included the conferment of Honourary Fellowship on Mr. Ernest Azudialu-Obiejesi, Mr. Alfred Irabor Okoigun, Mr. James Abiodun Olotu and Elder Nathaniel C.U. Okoro all of whom have contributed to the development of Engineering in Nigeria.

Engr. Otis Oliver Tabugbo Anyaeji, FNSE, FAEng was inaugurated as the new President of West African Federation of Engineering Organisations (WAFEO) by the representative of the outgoing WAFEO President Ing. Mrs. Carlien Bou-Chedid, the President of Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE). The Exhibition was declared open by the representative of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

OBSERVATIONS

The following observations were made at the end of the Conference and AGM:

Nigeria is rich in human and material resources, but energy poor and is among the top 10 proven gas and oil reserves in the world.
Nigeria has inadequate pipeline infrastructure thus unable to deliver energy requirements for the nation thereby limiting productivity.
Transportation infrastructure has catalytic functions in economy, employment generation, personal comfort and convenience including logistics, which makes it a vital element in diversification of the national economy. Transportation infrastructural provision is highly and strategically driven by Public Private Partnership (PPP).
The massive investment and promotional activities of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in the gas industry to gas driven power plants, including the revival and development of the ailing local Nigerian chemical and petrochemical factories is a noteworthy strategy as economic diversification due to inadequate access to other forms of energy.
Hosting international sporting competitions has a lot of positive impact and multiplier effects for quality and reliable physical and social infrastructure for sustainable economic diversification of a nation, especially when accomplished with PPP. Physical infrastructure development and maintenance, direct and indirect employment generation, tourism and other social and human means of livelihood would be enhanced.
There are many physical and social infrastructures driven by PPP working in Nigeria, whose operation is governed by the Nigerian Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC); however, they are not adequately publicized.
Nigeria imports most of her equipment and spare parts at high costs.
Nigeria has very few functional foundries.
Agriculture is central to the diversification of the nation's economy but the current level of mechanization is inadequate to meet the aspiration of the nation.
Limited access to tertiary education and low level investments in mining engineering in Nigeria hampers manpower development to harness our solid mineral endowment.
Insufficient beneficiation, marketing channels and market penetration for solid minerals and mining products and services serve as disincentive for local and foreign investors.
There is near absence of legal and institutional framework to promote inclusive participation in the establishment of quality standards and assurance in engineering industries and generate employment.
There is limited application of ICT in the development process of the Nations Eco Tourism to significantly contribute to the development of the local communities and generate substantial contribution to the nation's GDP.
There is low level application of modular technology in the country for small scale petroleum refining.
Awareness and availability of 3D printing as an emerging manufacturing Technology is low in the Country.
There is limited attention to Post harvest loss minimization Technologies for agricultural products in the Country.
The current legal document on disaster management (National Disaster Response Plan) cannot meet the current challenge
Consultancy Fees in the Scale of Fees presently focuses on the Construction Industry , there is a need to extend scale to other engineering sectors.

RECOMMENDATIONS

The following recommendations emanated from the Conference and Annual General Meeting:

Focused development, protection and management of the pipeline infrastructure will enable an exponential increase in resource utilization (by transporting resources to points of use) and spur the much-aspired economic development.
The development of the metallurgical and materials industry (that would enhance the nation's ability to produce its spare parts and equipment, thereby saving the foreign exchange outflow that would have been spent on the importation of spares and equipment) should be strongly pursued by the Government.
Government's intervention is required to assist foundries to modernize and acquire state of the art foundry technology. Similar government interventions are yielding positive results in other sectors.
Capacity development in modern welding technology should be embarked upon and quality assurance should be enhanced through inspections and standardization while workplace health and safety of welding practitioners should not be neglected.
It is recommended that all stakeholders in the pipeline sector, from municipal water users, hydrocarbon industries, industrial customers to regulators, manufacturers and construction firms need to strengthen inter–sectoral collaboration to share best practices and promote desiring improvements in critical areas.
The government should create enabling environment to promote commercialization of research results. This will increase the availability of renewable energy resources at competitive cost.
Awareness campaign should be mounted on the proven techniques for mass and cost effective manufacturing and production of goods and services.
Provision and maintenance of essential infrastructure should be encouraged in the country to enhance economic diversification on sustainable basis.
Advocacy on legislative and public support to consolidate the NNPC investments and innovations in the gas industry should be strengthened, including the challenges of the pipeline vandalisation.
Promotion of standardization of goods and services and conformance to global quality within the SME and large scale industries should be vigorously pursued in order to attract exportation ability, increase the economic earning of the SME and leapfrog Nigeria to the league of industrialized nations.
NSE should advocate for appropriate technical managerial training at all levels to promote quality goods and services.
Continuous interest in hosting international sporting competition should be encouraged and sustained by Nigeria in order to develop and maintain the critical infrastructural facilities.
Diversification Premium developed by Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC); setting out the specific contributions by the various stakeholders should be publicized widely.
Power Infrastructural Document developed using mixed fuel (fossils and renewable) for diversification and sustainable development of the economy should be promoted.
The nation should imbibe knowledge driven economy for sustainable development and also promote functional and responsive education and capacity development to enhance competitiveness of homegrown products and services.
Appropriate maintenance strategies for all facilities should be institutionalized and enforced right from project conceptualization stage to commissioning and throughout the lifetime of the infrastructure.
A National Policy on Agricultural Mechanization is becoming logical with the pronouncement and launching of Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) of FGN as well as the institutional and legal framework to guarantee adequate and timely funding by the three (3) tiers of government in the provision of key enablers to encourage investor.
Government should put in place responsive human capital development strategies to produce the critical manpower deficit in the Engineering and allied disciplines and professions (i. e. engineers, technicians, technologists and craftsmen, etc) to enhance the capacity needed to drive the diversification of Nigeria's economy on a sustainable basis.
There is need to establish an Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) for prompt response to any emergency situation with well trained response team.
2018 EXECUTIVE OFFICERS:

Adekunle Mokuolu, FNSE - President
Babagana Mohammed, FNSE - Deputy President
Gidari-Wudil Tasiu Saad, FNSE - Vice President
Akinteye Joseph Olatunde, FNSE - Vice President
Mrs. Ishidi Yohanna Edith, FNSE - Vice President
Ibitoye Felix Adediran, FNSE - Executive Committee Member
Adediran Halimat Sope, MNSE -Executive Committee Member
Garba Yakubu Ali, FNSE - Executive Committee Member
Prof Abdulrahim Abdulbaqi, MNSE - Executive Committee Member
Igwegbe Chinyere Nnenna, MNSE - Executive Committee Member
Babalola Rasheed, MNSE - Executive Committee Member
Otis Anyaeji, FNSE FAEng - Immediate Past President
Olusola Obadimu, MNSE - Executive Secretary


Engr. Otis Anyaeji, FNSE, FAEng
President

Engr. Olusola Obadimu, MNSE
Executive Secretary


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Engr. C. Onyeukwu MNSE, SPEC
Publicity Secretary
Nigerian Society of Engineers
Victoria Island Branch

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