The Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers was officially inaugurated on 12 March 1969 at a meeting at BP House in Lagos attended by twenty four (24) Chemical Engineers all trained abroad, were in attendance. At the inaugural meeting, the following officers were elected to run the affairs of the new society:
President ................... A.O.Shabo
Vice President ........... D.A. Adeyemo
Hon. Secretary .......... Ayo Solanke
Publicity Secretary ..... Olu Awoyinfa
Treasurer ................... M.B. Yesufu
Ex-officio ................... G.B.A. Hamilton
Following a series of consistent activities, a decision was taken to have the Society incorporated. Thus on December 3, 1981, the Society was formally incorporated under the Companies Act of 1968. Some of the Aims and Objectives of the Society as contained in its Articles and Memorandum of Association are:
- To generally foster and promote the profession of Chemical Engineering in theory and practice, and enhance the usefulness of the profession to the public.
- To establish and maintain standards of professional ethics among its members in order that the public interest may be served and protected.
- To maintain all branches of Chemical Engineering in their proper status among other learned and scientific professions.
- To form a body immediately available for consultation with confidence to public and private institutions, particularly government or any of their accredited agents in all matters pertaining to the profession of Chemical Engineering.
- To encourage the establishment of facilities for and the prosecution of original, fundamental and applied research into and in connection with all matters pertaining to the profession of Chemical engineering.
Organization of NSChE
Board of Directors
The day-to-day running of the affairs of the Society is done by the Board of Directors which is made up of the National President, Deputy President, Executive Secretary, Treasurer, Publicity Secretary, Assistant Publicity Secretary and Immediate Past President.
The Executive Council of the NSChE is made up of the Board of Directors, Past Presidents, Chapter Chairmen, Internal Auditor(s), Council Committee Chairmen, and Chairmen of Subsidiaries.
The Executive Council and the AGM create committees in order to promote or facilitate the activities of the society. Some committees of the NSChE are Admissions and Examination, Professional Affairs, Nominations, Training Programs, Welfare, Fellows' Conference, Government/International Relations, Editorial Board, etc.
Chapters of the Society
Chemical Engineers and those in related discipline in any geographic area who are large enough in number as specified in the Articles and Memorandum of Association are encouraged to form Chapters and engage in activities that promote the profession, the Society and the Chapter. Chapters are usually recognized after a grant of Charter by the Council of the Society. The following Chapters have so far been granted Charter status by the Council.
- Anambra/Enugu/Ebonyi States
- Oyo/Osun States
- Kaduna/Kastina States
- Lagos/Ogun States
- Rivers/Cross River/Akwa Ibom/Bayelsa States (RICRAIB)
- Imo/Abia States
- Edo/Delta States
- Kwara/Kogi States
- Adamawa/Bauchi/Benue/Yobe/Gombe/Taraba States (ABBYGOT)
- Benue Industrial
- FCT/Niger Chapter
- United States of America (USA) Chapter
The following student Chapters have also been granted Charter Status by the Council.
- Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
- Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
- University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos
- University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt
- Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Nkpolu, Port Harcourt;
- Lagos State University, Ojo;
- Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso
- Enugu State University of Technology, Enugu
- Federal University of Technology, Owerri;
- Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna
- University of Benin, Benin City
- Petroleum Training Institute, Effurun
Merger with Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE)
- On 5th day of June 1999, the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers merged with the NSE. The provisions of the merger allow the NSChE to operate as an autonomous body using the name "Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers (A Division of NSE).
Also, as a division of NSE, the NSChE is required to function as follows according to the provisions of the merger:
- Operation of a Secretariat
- Organization of an annual general meeting
- Publication of newsletters, Journals, pamphlets, mimeographs and books
- Establishment of linkages with local and international organizations
- Operation of commercial ventures
- Organization of workshops, seminars, symposia, meetings and Conferences for the development of its discipline and the professional development of its members.
- Formulation of necessary policies and guidelines for the practice of Chemical Engineering discipline.
According to the Scheme of the merger, all registered members of NSChE as at 31st of December 1998 shall be automatically registered with NSE at the corresponding membership status.