ENGR. JOHN AUDU, FNSE
Welcome to the March edition of our newsletter. It was a very eventful month for two reasons. For one, it will go down in history as the month when a special strain of the Corona Virus (COVID-19) ravaged the whole world. More than 700,000 confirmed cases and over 35,000 deaths have been recorded so far. In Nigeria, we have had 111 confirmed cases with some recoveries and 2 deaths. It has dealt a devastating blow on humanity. Our hearts go out to the victims as we implore members to observe all the precautionary measures that have been shared by the NCDC. Please stay safe.
“The second reason it was such an eventful month…” was our line-up of activities. Bearing in mind the fact that we effectively have only 1 quarter within which to complete our ambitious work program for the first year of this tenure, the EXCO, with assistance from the various committees, ramped up activities. We had activities every week, beginning with our Engineering Week, which the PIC (Pervasive Innovation Committee) planned and executed. It was the best Engineering Week on record. The highlight of the event was a visit to the Lagos State University (LASU) on March 4 – the World Engineering Day (WED) – where we inaugurated our Adopt-a-University initiative with the donation of N500,000 towards assisting some of the engineering students with their research work.
During the month, we also executed a well-attended Electrical Symposium that our SoS (Serve our Society) committee planned and executed with very strong support from Engr. Austyne Duru, MNSE. The communique is being circulated to a very wide audience, including relevant government agencies.
Perhaps the most remarkable achievement during the month was the successful commencement of online meetings in the wake of COVID-19. It started from the beginning of the Engineering week when we had notable speakers like Dr. Mrs. Ibukun Awosika, Chairman of First Bank, who delivered a thought-provoking talk on the role of engineer as pioneers of progress – the theme of the WED. The learning curve for our tech-savvy branch members was short as they joined in enmass during subsequent event that were all held online. These include our monthly general meeting and a seminar.
As always, we are grateful for your overwhelming suppprt, and hope.and pray that the pandemic is quickly brought under control. Thank you.
EVENTS HELD IN MARCH 2020
- Monthly meeting held online
- World Engineering Day Press Conference
- Engineering week 2nd – 7th March 2020
- Visit to LASU- Adopt a University
- Workshop on HVAC Battery Safety
- Young Engineers Forum at Bonny Camp
- Workshop on Digital Innovation Online
- Public Symposium – Electricity Online
- Workshop Emerging Gas Economy Online
EVENTS FOR APRIL 2020
- Monthly meeting 30th April 2020
- Vocational Training Q1
- Annual Job Fair
- Public Symposium – Traffic
NSE VI BRANCH WEEK-LONG CELEBRATION OF WORLD ENGINEERING DAY, 2nd – 7th MARCH 2020
The World Federation of Engineering Organizations, WFEO has designated March 4 as World Engineering day (WED) for Sustainable Development starting from 2020. Thus, this year marks the first celebration of the WED; following its adoption by the General Conference of UNESCO. Every 4th March will be used to improve public understanding of how engineering and technology is central to modern life and sustainable development.
To commemorate this inaugural World Engineering Day-themed “The Role of Engineers as the pioneers of progress”, the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Victoria Island took it several octaves higher by organizing a week-long series of enriching events.
- Day 1 – Media chat with the Chairman Engr. John Audu,FNSE
- Day 2 – An hr Long Zoom Conversation with A video from Mrs Ibukun Awosika, Chairman First Bank PLC, Engr. Innocent Ukejianya, Manager Shell, Engr Wole Abu MD Pan African Towers and our Chairman Engr. John Audu, FNSE.
- Day 3 – ADOPT-A-UNIVERSITY PROGRAM, FACULTY OF ENGINEERING, LASU EPE CAMPUS.
- Day 4 – NSE Victoria Island Branch hosted 60 students and staff of Command Day Secondary School Oshodi Day 5 – Workshop on HVAC Safety
ADOPT-A-UNIVERSITY INITIATIVE: LAGOS STATE UNIVERSITY, EPE CAMPUS
The Executives of NSE VI on Wednesday, 4th March 2020, visited the Epe campus of Lagos State University housing the Faculty of Engineering.
The Dean Faculty of Engineering, LASU Epe Campus Prof. Elkanah Oyetunji on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, SAN, NPOM, welcomed and appreciated the Executives of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Victoria Island Branch, Lagos for choosing Lagos State University as their worthy partner with the aim of promoting engineering projects that will solve societal problems.
The Branch Chairman Engr. John Audu, FNSE reiterated the commitment and plans to partner with the Faculty of Engineering, Lagos State University to identify Engineering projects that can solve current Societal problems; and that LASU was chosen because it is within the Branch’s catchment area. A donation of Five Hundred Thousand Naira (#500,000.00) was made to support laudable Engineering projects from the students, on behalf of the Branch. Staff and students of the Faculty of Engineering were present to witness the donation.
The branch has also initiated a conversation with the Dean of Faculty on how there can be a continuous relationship between NSE- VI branch and LASU,Epe Campus to bridge the gap between professionals and academia. The executives of the branch have also begun some revamp projects in the faculty with a focus on the infrastructure within the lecture rooms etc.