By Oritogun Winifred
The President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Egnr. Baba Gana Mohammed has commended engineers from the Federal University of Technology, Minna, and by extension, Niger State for their sacrifice towards technology and professional development.
Engr. Mohammed who was represented by the Vice – President Engr. Prince Adeniran Ibitoye Kilonodemo gave the commendation when the society paid a courtesy visit to the University Management on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at the Senate Chamber, Main Campus.
The visit was a prelude to the flag off of the 1ST NSE Minna Branch Engineering Conference with the theme, ‘Role of Engineering in Sustainable Development Goals’, at the Chemical Engineering Complex PTDF Hall, FUT, Minna.
He said that the society is exceedingly proud of engineers from FUT, Minna and applauded the Vice – Chancellor, Prof Abdullahi Bala, fsssn for his purposeful leadership and resilience which according to him, cannot be overemphasised despite the prevailing economic circumstances of the nation.
He thanked the VC for hosting the conference and assured that as engineers, they are always ready to partner with the institution to deliver more dividends to the entire populace
In his remarks at the visit, the.
Registrar, Council for the Regulation of Engineering (COREN), Engr. Prof. Joseph O. Odigure, who described the visit as home coming, lauded the Vice – Chancellor on his achievement. “The University Management is doing extremely well,” he stressed.
He disclosed that during the conference, they would look at the sustainability of engineering education and practice in Nigeria, stating that the biggest problem in engineering is that engineers are always one-sided.
According to him, COREN is emphasizing the outcome-based learning for engineering programmes ,which is professionalism. “There is no reason an engineering student should graduate without a skill,” he said.
Prof. Odigure, a former Dean of the School of Engineering and Engineering Technology in the University, observed that today there are so many graduates on the street because they graduated without the right skill required in the market.
This, according to him, will also be discussed at the conference and if taken as part of curriculum, getting people to really understand the essence of having skills before graduating is better for the society.
Responding, the VC while welcoming the visitors to FUT, Minna said the engineering programme is the flagship programme of FUT, Minna and that is why the University has two schools; SEET and SIPET for engineering programme.
He said the University is happy hosting the society, more so, for the importance attached to engineering as a platform for solving problems and meeting the aspirations of the nation’s for self sufficiency in science and technology, noting that the Management has been making efforts in creating additional programmes to meet the needs of the society.
He disclosed that, the University has just gotten approval from NUC to run petroleum and gas engineering at the under graduate level and that the University Senate has also approved the commencement of mining engineering programme.
He said the management is happy with what they see these days in engineering. A lot of research activities is going, on and in fact most of the major research activities are coming from engineering, he noted.
Prof. Bala added that the University has always supported staff attending the NSE conferences and COREN assembly and will continue to do that.
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