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NIEEE wants government to prioritise emerging technologies

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Kings Adeyemi


Given the roles of emerging technologies in driving digital transformation, the Nigerian Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (NIEEE), has said it will continue to enlighten members of the National Assembly on the technical and economic relevance of emerging technologies in driving smart city projects.
   
National Chairman of NIEEE, Kings Adeyemi, gave the assurance during the 53rd Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) of the institute, which was held recently via a webinar.
   
He said the institute would continue to provide proficient guidance to the National Economic Council, Governor’s Forum, and the National Assembly, on subjects related to its professional domain.
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In his welcome address, Adeyemi said NIEEE would strengthen its relationship with the Standard Organisation of Nigerian (SON), Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and other relevant agencies of government in standards development processes.
   
Adeyemi, who spoke on rebranding and innovation of NIEEE’s technology-driven projects, said the major goal of re-branding NIEEE project was to raise the profile of NIEEE to legislative backing. “Other landmarks project include the implementation of new NIEEE logo, re-designing of website, building a befitting NIEEE Head Office in a strategic location in Abuja, full implementation of re-structured organs of NIEEE, engagement of an Executive Secretary to run the affairs of National Secretariat and Liaison Office. Others include National Chairman’s quarterly engagement with Chapter Chairmen, the introduction of online general meetings and conferences, e-voting, acquisition of licensed Zoom online facilities available for all Chapters and National activities, among others,” Adeyemi said.
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He further said: “It is my vision to see NIEEE becoming a world-class professional body. To achieve this mandate, we all need to work together to position NIEEE at the front burner of engineering affairs in this country. We need to bring our slogan – “NIEEE Setting the pace in Engineering Excellence” – into the limelight.” He added that the COVID-19 pandemic hurt the entire economy, but assured Nigerians that the Institute would explore available technology to remain relevant in the new technology era.

The Nigerian Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers is a decades-old award-winning Division of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE). Its activities are becoming more prominent as evident in various print and electronic media. The Institute has gained the recognition of many Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government, and the National Assembly.
   
“The credit so far received is the snowballed effect of the efforts of professional practices and conducts of NIEEE members. The Institute recognized the exceptional contributions of certain Electrical Engineers towards the development of society with second-order effects on the economy,” Adeyemi said.

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