June 10, 2024

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‘Blue Economy’ agenda: Engineers task minister on partnership to drive sector

Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) Apapa branch members Njoku Jude and Ajadi Semiu, branch chairman Babatunde Awode, and general secretary Malvin Ibisi during a press conference to announce the Society’s 2023 Engineering Week, in Lagos…

Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), through its Apapa branch, on Monday in Lagos appealed to Minister of Marine and Blue Ecoenomy Adegboyega Oyetola, to collaborate with the engineers towards success of the sector.

Branch hairman Babatunde Awode made the call at a press conference called to announce preparations NSE’s 2023 Engineering Week.

Awode has been speaking about the branch having adopted measures and repositioning its members ready to drive the Marine and Blue Economy initiative speedy.

He notes that no nation could develop without its engineers and advised the new minister to work closely with the Society whose members, he says are ready to drive progress in all areas of blue economy benefitiation.

The term, “blue economy,” is a global “jargon” economic activity related to the world’s oceans, seas and coasts, which include tourism, energy production, shipping and aquaculture and more.

For the first time in Nigeria, the term is being used in official government parlance in the nomenclature of a government ministry by President Bola Tinubu.

According to Mr. Awode, the Society expects to introduce all aspects of the blue economy to the engineers to help them create job opportunities and promote sustainable development.

He says that Marine and Blue Economy is a huge untapped resource that could transform the nation, hence the need for special focus.

On 2023 Engineering Week, he says a workshop on, “Understanding the Basic Principles and Dynamics of Suspension System in Automobiles,”⁸ would holding on Monday, Aug. 28.

Then on Tuesday, the engineers would embark on humanitarian visit to Heart of Gold Children Hospice in Surulere, and an industrial tour to the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency in Ikeja, both in Lagos.

A hybrid public lecture on “Sustainable Infrastructure as a Vehicle for Economic Growth — the Role of Engineers,” would be taken on Wednesday by Mr. Tokunbo Ajanaku, an NSE fellow.

Ajanaku is the deputy national chairman, Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers, and a director in the Lagos State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure.

Other events, according to the programme schedule include in-door games and an Annual General Meeting/Elections on Thursday.

Central  theme of the week is: “Effective Industrial Practices for Sustainable Economic Growth.”

Apapa branch general secretary Malvin Ibisi explains that industrial visits to NAMA would help engineers to interface with the organisation on areas of collaboration.

Engineers are ready and willing to tackle aviation issues, and aeroplane parts could also be produced locally with the development of the steel sector, Ibisi says.