By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The new Executive Committee that will steer the affairs of the Kaduna State Branch of Nigerian Society of Engineers, (NSE), has been inaugurated on Saturday.
The Exco has as its new chairman, the former vice chairman, Engineer Nasiru Dallatu Umar, with Engrs. Rachel Ugye-Ama, vice chairman; Aghwotu Akpore, General Secretary; Patrick Nwosibe, Asst. General Secretary; Ibrahim Bello, Technical Secretary; Abdulwahab Hafis, Publicity Secretary; Christy Abraham, Financial Secretary; S. Yakubu, Ex-Officio and Engr. Abdulrasheed Babalola as the Immediate Past chairman, (IPC).
Speaking in his inaugural speech, the new Chairman, Engr. Umar said the Exco emerged after a frantic contest which involved elders of the Branch to summon all contestants to a meeting due to impending rancour the contest was about to cause.
He added that in view of the above, he has decided to carry every members along in his activities to give them a sense of belonging.
Engr. Umar promised to form an inclusive structure where every individual member’s opinion, idea, and criticism would be harnessed to form a formidable Society where each and every member would be proud participant.
“It is apparent that we are blessed with members that are experienced in both the engineering profession as well as the empirical human endeavour that if well tapped and managed would certainly make our Branch stand out distinctively unique not only in the engineering profession but among all professions.
“This forms the required basis that to maximize the benefit of such endowment, committees would be painstakingly formed and would be adequately encouraged to pursue their specific terms of reference with a view to consolidating individual contributions via committees.
“This Branch is one of the few branches that can be proud of not only having the presence of Chapters of the Society but viable ones that form the basis of this Branch excelling in terms of activities.
“It is in this vein that I want to inform and plead with the Chapters to please note that their contribution is my priority and I must say it here that I will look disturbing by constantly persecuting you in the pursue of the Branch success,” he said.
In his remarks, the outgoing chairman, Engr. Babalola, said NSE has one of the most vibrant Branch in Kaduna, hence, there is an hurricane task before the new Exco to sustain it.
He appreciated the support of every members of the Branch, but said there were lots to be done and therefore called on them to brace up to their responsibilities, because there were lots of uncompleted projects which the new Exco must complete.
Also, the President of the Society, Engr. Adekunle Mokuolu, said the engineering profession is taking a new dimension especially in the area of rural infrastructure.
Engr. Mokuolu who was represented by the Vice President, Engr. Joseph Akinteye, commended the state Branch for sustaining the rural electrification project particularly in Juji community of Sabon Tasha in Chikun Local Government Area, which has brought development and economic turnaround to the community.