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Fellow, Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Stanislus Athekame (left); a member of the society, Chioma Chigozirim; Managing Director, NETCO, Usman Baba; NSE President, Babagana Mohammed; member of the society, Nnamaka Ekechukwu and the General Secretary,, Victoria Island branch, Christian Okwori during the yearly public lecture and dinner of the NSE Victoria Island in Lagos.<br />

The President of, Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Babagana Mohammed, has restated its commitment towards revamping obsolete equipment in engineering departments of universities in the country.

Muhammed, spoke at a public lecture and yearly dinner of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Victoria Island Branch (NSE-VI) in Lagos.

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The forum featured awards and recognitions for the executives and committee members of the branch as well as sponsors and mentors of the society.

To encourage brilliant minds in studying the profession, the body granted over N16 million in scholarships to deserving students to improve engineering development in the country.

The NSE president also assured that the administration would ensure the professional development of engineers by improving their capacity through training and retraining in line with global best practices.

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Speaking on, “Technology and Disruptive Events”, the guest lecturer, Marizu Nwokoma, urged engineers to position themselves and surmount challenges posed by the COVID-19 by deploying technologies to resolve societal issues.

Nwokoma, who is the General Manager, Facilities Engineering Department and Major Capital Projects Relations at Chevron Nigeria Limited, said that an area Nigeria was challenged with the COVID-19 pandemic is the supply chain.

He urged engineers to deploy disruption response mechanisms such as digitisation, research and development, and other measures to quicken the process for recovery.

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He said engineers should learn from the trends of disruptive events shaping the future. He added that they should also take cognisance of the millennial workforce, globalisation, new behaviour and mobility.

He explained that disruptive events often precede an unparalleled display of exploration, innovation, creativity, agility, and resilience. This, he said truly underscores human potentials and engineers capacity.

Earlier, the chairman of, Victoria Island branch of NSE, John Audu, said engineers must consistently deploy technology to solve societal problems as its evolution is at the core of all societal and human progress.

Audu disclosed that the association scored 92.5per cent in the NSE dynamics competition and came first out of its 80 branches. This, he stated was the first time since the inception of the branch over 12 years ago.

He disclosed that the branch made other unprecedented achievements that include visits to the ICT firms and some site visits to key players in the infrastructure space for members to have first-hand knowledge in industrial activities as well as collaborate with Lagos State University on innovations.

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