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NIGERIAN ENGINEERS CRITICAL TO RESTORATION OF INFRASTRUCTURE-- PRESIDENT BUHARI

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Abuja said his administration will heavily utilize talents and skills of local engineers to rebuild ailing infrastructure across the country, describing the engineers as ‘‘competent and cost effective.’’

Speaking at an investiture ceremony by the Nigerian Academy of Engineering (NAE) at the State House, President Buhari said the well-trained and highly experienced engineers had contributed immensely to the infrastructural development of the country, and they remain indispensable.

The President, who was decorated as the Grand Patron of the NAE at the ceremony, said both military and civilian administrations over the years depended on Nigerian engineers for designs and constructions across the country.

‘‘By insisting that we must be cost effective in building infrastructure, we will utilize Nigerian engineers. I respect them a lot, and I know it takes time to be trained as an engineer,’’ he said.

The President noted that local engineers contributed more than 90 percent to the design and realization of two refineries, 2,500 pipelines and 20 depots in the country during his tenure as Minister of Petroleum in the mid-1970s, adding that the success of the Petroleum Trust Fund was largely hinged on their skills.

‘‘Somehow, everytime and anywhere I have served in this country, we found it cost effective to use Nigerian engineers, and we relied on their capacity to understudy, learn and deliver.

‘‘It will be wrong to fault Nigerian engineers for the failure of refineries. You should blame the political leadership. How can you build and not know how to maintain an asset,’’ the President said.

President Buhari said individual political leaders should be blamed for Nigeria’s ailing infrastructure, not the engineers who had always been willing to contribute to national development.

In her remarks, the President of the NAE, Engr. Mrs. Joanna Maduka, said science, technology and innovation were the key drivers of growth across the globe, urging the Federal Government to explore and engage the multiple engineering talents in the country for more purposeful results.

‘‘For the country to attain sustainable growth status, the Nigerian engineers need to be adequately engaged in planning, policy formulation, consultancy and construction, as well as industrial process of production and manufacturing,’’ she noted.

Maduka commended the anti-corruption fight of the Federal Government, saying it would turn around the fortunes of the economy.

 

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Topic: Economic Recession in Nigeria: Engineering Response
Guest Lecturer: Engr. Dr. Umar Buba Bindir, Ph.D (Cranfield), FNSE, FAEng, FNIAE
Secretary to the Adamawa State Government
Thursday 8th December, 2016

The International Conference Centre, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria witnessed a large turnout of Professionals and Non-Professionals, Traditional Rulers and Icons in the political circle. Some of the highlights of the occasion were the unveiling of the lectern and declaring open the ceremony by the Executive Governor of Imo State, His Excellency, Owelle Rochas Okorocha.

The colorful event shuttled with the citation, celebrating the Laureate, Engr E.C. Iwuanyanwu, which was read by the Former Nigerian Senate President and Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, HE Senator Pius Anyim in the presence of the wife of the Imo State Governor, Chief Mrs N. Okorocha, Former Nigerian Senate President, Senator Ken Nnamani, Former Deputy Speaker, Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha, Former Military Administrator of old Imo State, Senator Ike Nwachukwu, Senator Sam Daddy Anyanwu, Former Deputy Governor of Imo State, Engr Ebele Udeakpu, Vice Chancellor University of Calabar and other Governing Council Members of the University, Bishops of the Catholic Church, National President of the National Women Council of Nigeria, Judges, President and Council of Ohaneze Ndigbo, among others.

The NSE President, Engr. Otis Oliver Tabugbo Anyaeji FNSE, gave his remarks which was followed by the high point of the ceremony culminating in the inaugural lecture expertly delivered by our own Engr. Umar Buba Bindir FNSE, the Secretary to the Adamawa State Government.

In attendance also the NSE VP Engr Babagana Mohammed FNSE, Engr Saidu Njidda FNSE, Engr Ibitoye Kilomodemo FNSE, Engr Sola Obadimu MNSE, Awka Branch Chairman and other distinguished Fellows of the society.

 

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In honoring Engr. Otis Oliver Tabugbo Anyaeji FNSE, FNIMechE, FAEng,...........
Friday 16th December, 2016

We are ecstatic that the President, Engr Otis Anyaeji FNSE is being honoured with the medal/pin/certificate, designated as the 2016 distinguished PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD. This is in recognition and respect of his distinguished services, dedicated fundamental interests, strategic development and progress of his beloved home, Anambra state

This high honour recognises his tremendous contribution to improving lives, hopes and dreams of the entire citizery of Anambra State, and especially his community where he built and donated a church edifice-Shrine of Christ the King. His epitomize the volunteer spirit for which Christians are known. By freely giving his time, leadership and compassion, he has made a tremendous impact on the lives of those around him and people across the nation.

This is certainly a well-deserved award in recognition of his leadership and significant contributions. May his life, time & resources, which he has dedicated to the service of God and humanity, the advancement of Engineering and to the development of NIgeria, continue to inspire selflessness, integrity, patriotism, respect and love.

We appreciate the Executive Governor of the State, H.E Chief Willie Obiano (Akpokuodike) for identifying his outstanding and contributions. This has been equally impressive. . . .Mr President Sir, You are highly respected among your people and we are extremely proud of the excellent work and contributions that you have made. They are exceptional and are appropriately recognized. We are so fortunate that you have demonstrated your "Volunteer Spirit" through your work.

On behalf of the entire Fellows and Members of our great professional body, the Nigerian Society of Engineers NSE, I extend our sincerest congratulations to you on this historic and auspicious award. We commend you on your many years of distinguished service.

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The week long 2017 Engineering Week of Abeokuta Branch of the Nigerian Society of Engineers reached a climax on Thursday 23rd February 2017, with a beehive of activities packaged into the investiture of Engr. Abbass Muhammed Isola FNSE as the 13th Chairman of the Branch. 

The President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Engr Otis Anyaeji FNSE was represented by the Deputy President, Engr. Adekunle Mokuolu FNSE at the occasion, where the Investiture Lecture "Prospects and Challenges of Engineering Practice in a Depressed Economy" was delivered by Engr. Prof. Olorunnisola.

The out-going Chairman of the Branch Engr. A.A Lawal MNSE handed over successfully to the new Chairman, Engr Abbass Mohammed Isola FNSE in the presence of all the dignitaries which included the Past President, Engr Philip Bolude Oyebolu FNSE.

Other highlights of the program included the Inauguration of the 2017 Branch Executive Members, Induction of 80 New Corporate Members, Awards of Excellence and Service to Members and Inauguration of the NIEEE, Abeokuta Chapter.

Other dignitaries at the occasion included the Governor of Ogun State who was representated by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works, Engr. Ademolake kayode FNSE. Others are Past President of APWEN Engr. Mrs Idiat Amosu, NSE Vice President, Engr Mrs Edith Ishidi FNSE, Past Vice President, Engr. M. Oguntala FNSE, Branch Chairmen from neighbouring States, National Chairman of NIEEE, Government Functionaries, Past Chairmen of Abeokuta Branch: Engr M. G. Adebayo FNSE, Engr. M.O. Odesanya FNSE, Engr. T.S. Sogbaike MNSE, among others.

 

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SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE NIGERIAN SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS AT THE INVESTITURE CEREMONY OF THE 2ND CHAIRMAN OF THE NIGERIAN INSTITUTION OF HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERS (NIHTE), ENGR. OBIEKWE GABRIEL ANADUAKA, FNSE ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2017, AT THE NATIONAL ENGINEERING CENTRE (NEC) HEADQUARTERS ABUJA

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen

I am delighted to be here today to be part of this auspicious event being the investiture of Engr. Obiekwe Gabriel Anaduaka, FNSE as the 2nd Chairman of the Institution Highway and Transportation Engineers (NIHTE) of the Nigerian Society of Engineers.

Engr. Anaduaka is an astute Engineer, we are confident that you would put all your knowledge and experience to move the Division to the desirable altitudes in the drive for the growth of engineering. We therefore look forward to a very purposeful tenure for you as we offer our full support.

I am happy that the NIHTE since its establishment has been a focal Division due to vibrancy and commitment to the ideals of our great Society, your consistency in the organization of pungent capacity programmes within the short period of your existence lay credence to this assertion. I wish to congratulate all of you on such milestone and I wish to particularly congratulate Engr. Isa Emoabino, FNSE, pioneer Chairman for his distinction always.

Let me emphasize here that our Divisions must continue to tailor their programmes in a manner that will promote knowledge enrichment for us to also become global leaders in engineering feats. Let me also remind you that our policy mandating Divisions to submit at least two incisive papers emanating from their national conference for publishing in the NSE Technical Transaction Journal remains valid.

Ladies and Gentlemen, let me commend NIHTE for the excellent participation in all the Public Hearing with the National Assembly which has no doubt been promoting the relevance of the Society: and this, I believe the new leadership of the Division will emulate.

The NSE on 28th January, 2013, launched a Governing Council, NSE-TAD (Nigerian Society of Engineers Taming African Deserts), and saddled it with the responsibility of reclaiming territories under the threat of desertification. The Council which will operate through Boards has been specifically mandated to deploy modern technology to turn the Sahara desert to a green land of abundant opportunities for Nigerians and other Africans living in the area. The role of your Division in this important project cannot be over emphasized.

The Nigerian Engineer occupies a position of top priority in the drive for the development of our Nation, especially, in your core areas of operation being the road network provision and the facilitation of smooth movement of people and goods to different parts of the country and even beyond the shores of our land.

In the light of the foregoing, you will agree with me that your Division under the brand new leadership would also constitute a think-thank to see the possibility of contributing immensely to this project.

I wish to categorically state here that our hope to opening up of our economy is highly dependent on our ability to skillfully tackle our road infrastructure deficit and the achievement of seamless transportation system.

I congratulate you all on this auspicious occasion of the investiture of your new Chairman.

I thank you for your attention.

Engr. Otis Anyaeji, FNSE, FAEng

President

Click here Download the Handing Over Note of the outgoing Chairman Engr. Dr. Isa Usman Emoabino

The new chairman is Engr. Obiekwe Gabriel Anaduaka, FNSE

 

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THE SIXTH SERIES OF THE NSE PRESIDENT’S INTERACTIVE SESSION WITH THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ENGINEERING MEMBERS ON 22ND FEBRUARY, 2017 AT THE MAIN AUDITORIUM, NEC, ABUJA

ATTENDANCE

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               NAMES

DESIGNATION

1

Engr. Adekunle Mokuolu, FNSE

Deputy President

2

Engr. Taisu Saad Gidari-Wudil, FNSE

Vice President

3

Engr. Joseph O. Akinteye, FNSE

Vice President

4

Engr. Halimat C. Adediran, MNSE

EXCO Member

5

Engr. Adeniran Ibitoye, FNSE

EXCO Member

6

Engr. Mrs. N.S.E. Eziokwu, MNSE

EXCO Member

7

Engr. Hon. Chris Azubogu, FNSE

Member, House of Representatives

8

Hon. Iboro Ekanem, MNSE

Member, House of Representatives

9

Engr. Hon. Mohammed Wudil, FNSE

Member, House of Representatives

10

Engr. Hon. Taiwo Akintola, MNSE

Member, House of Representatives

11

Hon. Agbedi Yeitiemone Frederick

Member, House of Representatives

12

Engr. Israel Abraham, MNSE

Chairman, Nigerian Institution of Power Engineers

13

Engr. Dr. Isa Emoabino, FNSE

IPC, NIHTE

14

Engr. C.N. Igwegbe, MNSE

Member

15

Engr. Taiwo Adeolu, MNSE

Member

16

Engr. Sola Obadimu, MNSE, FIoD

Executive Secretary

17

Engr. Olalekan Taiwo, FNSE

Director, Engineering Regulation Legislation Liaison

NOTE:

  1. The above table is the attendance at the Dinner Meeting of the NSE President with the National Assembly Legislators.
  1. The Deputy President, Engr. Adekunle Mokuolu, FNSE represented the President who was unavoidably absent.
  1. There were five (5) other EXCO Members in attendance and the Executive Secretary.
  1. There were five (5) House of Representatives Members in attendance.
  1. Other Legislators went for oversight functions and budget defense.

 

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Anyaeji Inaugurates 2017 Executive Committee Members

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The President of NSE, Engr. Otis Anyaeji, FNSE, FAEng has inaugurated the Executive Committee (EXCO) to serve the Society in 2017. The brief ceremony took place on Thursday, January19, 2017, during the first Council meeting for the year.

Anyaeji charged the EXCO members to continually make valuable contributions for the Society to benefit maximally from their wealth of experiences. He thanked them for availing themselves for service and urged them to be focused on their respective primary assignments. He also enjoined them to be tenacious and resourceful in a manner that would lead to the uplift of the Society.

 

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SEE NIGERIAN TRIBUNE Tuesday 7th February 2017, Page 18

 

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Wednesday, 08 February 2017 12:43

AU/FAEO IMPLEMENTATION MEETING

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January 13, 2017, @AU, Abuja

Historic Partnership

Sequel to the historic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the African Union-Science, Technical & Research Commission (AU-STRC) and Federation of African Engineering Organizations (FAEO) which was signed, sealed and delivered on 16th December, 2016, the two bodies converge to draw out implementation framework and strategies.

Areas of strategic cooperation include, engineering innovations for sustainable rural and urban development, harmonized standards and professional qualification, recognition and mobility of engineers, amongst a host of others.

As a forward-looking professional body, the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), member of FAEO, will continue to support pro-engineering initiatives. We are optimistic that Nigerian Engineers will be direct beneficiaries of this laudable partnership.

We warmly congratulate the outgoing President FAEO, Engr. Mustafa B. Shehu, FNSE, FAEng for this great achievement. NSE also deserves special recognition for playing a very active role in the operations of FAEO. We commend President Engr. Otis Anyaeji, FNSE, FAEng for that impetus.

 

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NSE PRESIDENT PRESS CONFERENCE - MARCH 2016

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Press Conference Address by the President, Nigerian Society of Engineers on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other National Issues. Friday, March 11, 2016, Abuja.

Introduction

Gentlemen of the Press, I welcome you all sincerely to this Briefing session, the first that I am hosting as President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers. I commend you all for maintaining the robust relationship between NSE and the media over the years and I am hoping that we will work even more together, in the two years of my administration.

At the occasion of my investiture, I re-echoed the fact that when the country voted for change, the populace was only sending a message of strong desire for higher quality of life offered from self-sufficiency of food, local production of goods and services and adequate and reliable infrastructure. In other words, Nigerians beckoned on engineering in a clear and direct manner.

As a major stakeholder in the growth and development project of Nigeria, I want to reaffirm, at this forum, our avowed commitment to collaborations with governments at all levels and key private sector players, in hastening the realization of Nigeria’s developmental goals. This is based on the strong connection of the engineering profession to agricultural, infrastructural and industrial development activities and trends.

Therefore, I announce to you that the strategic vision of my two-year tenure as NSE President is: “To Take Control of the Engineering Activities in all Sectors of the Nigerian Economy.” To bring this vision to reality, we have commenced a series of intervention measures across the broad spectrum of our national life. As we progress, we will intermittently call for this parley to rub minds on our efforts and modest achievements.

Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The United Nations spent time to look at the near future of the world and its occupants and came up with some the dramatic conclusions to the effect that the state of health of the planet is such that it may not be able to hold life

with the same quality it did for four billion years. Also that the peoples of the world are fast drifting apart, each running off in his direction with as much of our collective and shared resources as possible while destroying as much as possible of what would have been available to the others, all on a self- destructive mission.

The attempt to return humanity to sanity and unity of purpose is what led to a set of goals termed the Millennium Development Goals in the year 2000. The result, at the end of its schedule, is the little achievements in some parts of the world. Shamefully, Nigeria does not belong to the areas of any significant achievement. Now, we are faced with the Sustainable Development Goals, with fifteen years’ target for attainment - Year 2030.

What will be the fate of Nigeria and Nigerians at the end of this second target period?

The Nigerian Society Engineers, as a leading corporate citizen, is poised to play that leadership role by taking steps towards positioning Nigeria on the platform for attaining the Goals by 2030. Everything that was humanly created was a creation of engineering which are considered as civilizations or drivers of civilizations. The evolution and the mix of human-population, infrastructure, energy sources, communication and transportation, among others brought “better” standard of living as well as distortion to our world’s delicate equilibrium.

The social and technical infrastructure required for sustainable development is practically obtainable through engineering means. All of the SDGs rely on engineering foundations. The Nigerian Engineer must therefore lead the narratives and thrust for national development especially in these days of CHANGE.

In this light, NSE has instituted a Workshop with the main theme as, “Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria Engineering Perspectives”. The workshop, which has several other sub- themes, presents the platform for stakeholders to guide government on the strategies to deploy to attain these agreed and laudable goals within the available resources for the good of the Nigerian citizenry.

We have invited representatives of the United Nations, ECOWAS, Federal Government of Nigeria, Academia, Industry and Non-Governmental Organizations to this important Workshop. They will shed light on the issues as a trigger for the processes of determining our general direction and related actions. We have the goal of a timely reversal of the environmental degradation and the colossal waste of life and resources that are plaguing our beloved country and the World.

Indeed, the Workshop is not designed to provide immediate solutions. We anticipate further timely gatherings of stakeholders in many places around the country in this regard. This Workshop promises to provide the necessary templates for those systematic, effective and efficient discussions.

I believe the insight and depth of the discourse as assured by our engineering training and experience will pin-point the innovative solutions to this global challenge. I know the recommended solutions and approaches will guarantee our common humanity in Nigeria and beyond, as we tend to an equitable and balanced world. Nigerian Engineers as professionals are ready and must create a changed Nigeria for the good of all.

The first in the series of Workshops on Sustainable Development Goals will hold on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at the auditorium in our Phase two building. We will invite some of you to witness proceedings at the Workshop.

Recommendations from 2015 National Engineering Conference

The speedy development of our infrastructure is required to advance our economy and deal with the incidence of disease and reduce poverty. The present poor condition of many of the ones provided due to poor maintenance culture will no doubt negatively affect our plan in the direction of achieving our national targets.

Failure to bring infrastructure projects under construction to completion is yet another issue entirely that need to be fully addressed for us to achieve our dreams. Power, oil and gas installations, steel complexes, roads, bridges, water supply schemes, communication, airports and railways are all key aspects of infrastructure required for our advancement.

As a key stakeholder in the growth and development of Nigeria, NSE has taken it as a duty to stimulate government to accelerate investment in national infrastructure. It is against this backdrop that the Society collaborated with the Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning at our National Engineering Conference, Exhibition and Annual General Meeting (AGM) which held in Akure from 16th - 20th November, 2015. The theme of the Conference was, “National Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan (NIIMP) 2014: Strategies for Implementation.

Arising from the Conference, several recommendations were made to government. They include:

  1. ToensurethattheNIIMPiseffectivelyimplemented,itshouldbegiventhe fullbackingthelawthrough an Act of

This would provide the needed confidence that investors require to guarantee the safety of their investments. The law should address concerns relating to project selections, project structuring and prioritization, funding mechanisms, the regulatory pattern and the implementation strategies.

  1. Thefederalandstategovernmentsshouldensurethatallexistinglawsaffectingthedeliveryandmaintenanceofthevariousinfrastructureassetsinthecountryshouldbereviewedinthelightofpresentrealitiesandpeculiarcircumstancesofthecountrysoastoachievethegoalsand objectives ofthe
  2. ThefederalgovernmentshouldalsolookintotheBureauofPublicEnterprisesAct,theInfrastructureConcessionandRegulatoryCommissionActandapplicableoldlawsforpublic-privatepartnerships and amend asnecessary toenhancetheir
  3. ThefederalgovernmentshouldreviewandamendtheBureauofPublicProcurementActformoreeffectiveuseininfrastructuredeliveryin
  4. Thefederalgovernmentshouldcreateanindependentnationalauthority by law to regulate, monitor and evaluate the

implementation of the NIIMP. For the Authority to be effective, it should be located in the Presidency and not as a unit in any MDA as it requires the potency of the highest level of political leadership in the country.

  1. ArobustinfrastructureknowledgeandResult-BasedMonitoringandEvaluationSystemsManagementframeworkshouldbedevelopedandimplemented to track the implementation ofthe

  1. Thefederal,stateandlocalgovernmentsshouldharvestthehugebenefitsofpublic-privatepartnershipinfrastructuredeliverymodelwhichisaveritableandtooltopromotethesustainabledeliveryof infrastructurein

  1. Thegovernmentsatalllevelsshouldtakeadvantageofleveraging pensionfundsfor financinginfrastructure

  1. TheResearchandDevelopmentCentersshouldpartnerwiththeProfessionalbodiesNSE,NIA,NIB,andRegulatoryCOREN,NERC,NCC,ICRCtodeploytherequiredknowledgeandtechnologyinacoordinatedmannertodrivetheNIIMPtomeetthesettargets in 30 yearsand aspirationsof

  1. Theacademia,professionalbodies,regulatorybodiesandtheindustryshouldfosterfunctionallinkagesintoacquireanddeploytechnology to support the implementationof

Using Africas Funds to Finance Africas Infrastructure

Many developing African countries should be in a position to finance infrastructural development wholly in spite of competing needs and financial constraints, if available public funds are judiciously, frugally and patriotically utilized, and private capital mobilized.


Policy-Based Finance for Infrastructure & Industry

In this regard, financial tools that developed and most developing nations apply for developing and maintaining their infrastructure and industry ought to be applied by African countries without further delay. Such tools include:

               Policy-based finance created and controlled by the National Governments, made available on a revolving commercial basis to prioritized projects through Development Banks. It was noted that Japan set aside about 50% of their general account (about 8% of GDP) in this regard to spur development.

               Policy-based credit provided from funds generated from Central Bank’s skillful use of her discount rates; deposit money banks, funds mobilized from external borrowing, excess crude oil and other minerals earnings.

               Strategic use of pension funds

Nigeria Infrastructure Report Card The Journey So Far

During the Society’s Annual Engineering Conference and AGM which held at Akure, Ondo State from 16th to 20th November, 2015 the Society presented to the Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Engr. Babachir David Lawal, FNSE, the maiden edition of the Nigeria Infrastructure Report Card. Gentlemen of the Press, am very pleased to present additional copies of the report to you and the Nigerian public today. We indeed plan to take this report card on a roadshow around the country to sensitize policy makers to pay serious attention to addressing our nation’s serious infrastructure deficit.

The Report Card, which used inputs of professional Engineers and other stakeholders from across the country as a basis, scored the infrastructure position of our country as “E2” meaning a score of 2.08 out of 5. This means that the present condition of our national infrastructure across all sectors is a

threat to public safety. Our score card is modelled on international best practice.

I am pleased to inform you that the NSE is institutionalizing the report card process and the next edition is expected to be published and issued after two years and will go down to grade infrastructure at State and Local Government levels.

Publication and management of the Nigerian Infrastructure Report card is one of the ways the NSE has continued to contribute to the development of our country, in this case, focusing on infrastructural development. We want the report card to be a monitoring and reporting tool for citizens and a critical companion guide to policy makers in prioritizing solutions to our national infrastructure delivery challenges. Please read and publicize the report.

NSE Position on Composition of Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC)

Over the years, the Nigerian Society of Engineers has continually identified some issues thwarting development and shown possible solutions to such problems.

We recently wrote an Open Letter to Mr. President on composition of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC). It will be recalled that in 2005, the Commission was established by the Electricity Power Sector Reform Act and NERC was thus saddled with the responsibility of regulating the Generation, Transmission and Distribution activities of electricity, all of which are primarily engineering functions and responsibilities.

The crux of the matter is our reliance on the import of Section 34(2)(a) and 34(3) of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act of 2005 to therefore request that Engineers should form the core of membership of the new Commission, thus:

               Chairman

               Commissioner for Generation

               Commissioner for Transmission

               Commissioner for Systems Operation

               Commissioner for Distribution/Marketing

It is very important to mention here that we are making the professional demand with respect to the composition of NERC with the sole intent of driving productivity and proper administration to achieve desired results hinged on effectiveness and efficiency.

Support for Proposed National Economic Summit

Economic summits are usually organized either by a group of nations or an individual country to address devastating financial conditions with the accompanying negative impact on living condition of citizens. The fora present unique opportunity for think tanks to proffer solution which when implemented revamps the economy.

We have followed with interest the keenness of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, through pronouncements and pragmatic steps, towards improving the country’s infrastructure stock specifically, and enabling rapid development of our nation, in general.

The concerted efforts at boosting the economy even in the face of dwindling price of oil across the globe, alongside the eroding value of our currency are all noticeable.

Gentlemen, as part of our contributions to national development, we feel compelled to lend our voice to the public debate on the need to create a platform to bring stakeholders from the private and public sectors together at the proposed National Economic Summit by the federal government.

Whether ad-hoc or permanent, we believe that this platform will enable healthy brainstorms on realistic ideas aimed at recreating a robust and viable economy for Nigeria.

With our array of experienced and accomplished professionals as well as a history of affiliations and collaborations with international counterparts, we

are ready to make positive contributions that are capable of hastening the realization of Nigeria’s developmental goals. This is based on the strong connection of the engineering profession to agricultural, infrastructural and industrial development activities and trends. We are optimistic that this is a move that could eventually deliver the turning point in the economic fortunes of our nation.

Thank you for listening.

Engr. Otis Anyaeji, FNSE, FAEng

President