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NSChE Conference and AGM 2014

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING AND THE NIGERIAN ECONOMY WITH FOCUS ON NIGERIA’S INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION PLAN

Venue: Imo Concorde Hotel
Date:20-22 November, 2014
           NIGERIAN SOCIETY OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERS
COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE 44TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF NIGERIAN SOCIETY OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERS (NSChE)
CONFERENCE THEME: CHEMICAL ENGINEERING AND THE NIGERIAN ECONOMY WITH FOCUS ON NIGERIA’S INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION PLAN
PREAMBLE: The Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers held its 44th Annual Conference/ AGM at Imo Concorde Hotel, Owerri, Imo State, November 20-22, 2014. The Conference was chaired by Dr. N. John, Erinne, FNSE, FNSChE, CEO, Matrix Petro- Chem Ltd and Immediate Past President, NSChE
Other important dignitaries who attended the Conference were:
·         His Excellency, Anayo Rochas Okorocha, OON, Governor, Imo State, ably represented by Prof. Uba Nnabue, Hon. Commissioner, Ministry of Tertiary Education, Science and Technology
·         Prof. Mobolaji Aluko, Vice Chancellor, Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State
·         Prof. Dulu Appah, Provost, College of Engineering, University of Port Harcourt
·         Mr. Tunji Oyebanji, Managing Director, Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc, ably represented by Engr. Henry Ikem Obih, Executive Director, Retail
·         Dr. Frank S. U. Jacobs, MON, President, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN)
·         Engr. Adebayo Ibirogba, NNPC Group Executive Director, Engineering & Technology
·         Dr. Ambrosie B. C. Orjiako, Chairman, Seplat Petroleum Development Co. Plc.
·         Engr. (Dr) Abubakar L. Yar’Adua, FNSE, FNSChE, National President, NSChE and former Group Managing Director, NNPC.
The Conference which was attended by over 300 participants considered thought-provoking and scholarly papers comprising the Chairman’s Address by Engr. Dr. John Erinne, Keynote Address from Prof. Mobolaji Aluko on “Accelerating Nigeria’s Socio- Economic Development through Chemical Engineering” , four (4) Lead Papers, four (4) Sub- Sector based papers and Twenty Two (22) Technical Papers from other eminent Engineers in Industry, Academia and Research Institutes.     
 
OBSERVATIONS
The Conference observed that:
1.       The Manufacturing Sector has the potential to dominate, shape and define the core path of Nigeria’s industrialization given the nation’s endowment with abundant Oil & Gas, Solid Minerals and Agricultural resources, as well as a highly talented citizenry.
2.       The socio-economic health of our nation depends on:
a.       Availability, accessibility, reliability, affordability and sustainability of ENERGY
b.      Level of Employment of the citizens
3.       Deployment of modern manufacturing technology and provision of Science and Engineering infrastructure have received only limited attention by Government leading to huge gaps in technical manpower availability in the country.
4.       Elaborate training schemes for graduates of Nigerian tertiary institutions by employers of labour and specialized training agencies such as PTDF point to poor quality of products from our nation’s institutions, deficient curricula and weak educational infrastructure/ facilities.
5.       A large proportion of the Nigerian population is not adequately fed, clothed, housed, transported as desired, educated, provided with energy, beautified, given medicare or entertained.
RECOMMENDATIONS
1.       An ambitious drive should be embarked upon by Government to enhance the contribution
of Manufacturing Sector to the nation’s GDP. To enhance key government initiatives for development of the sector, specialists such as Chemical Engineers, Agriculturists, Geologists, Economists and other appropriate professionals should be injected into the teams responsible for their design, formulation and implementation. Such initiatives include:
·         Cassava and Rice Projects
·         Sugar Backward Integration Plan
·         Cement Sector Development Plan
·         Nigeria’s Industrial Revolution Plan
·         The Gas Master Plan/ Gas Revolution
 
2.       In addition to implementing the nation’s Gas Master Plan/ Gas Revolution, the Government
should also focus expeditiously on development of alternative energy sources, including renewable energy (wind, solar, geothermal, biofuels and biomass) and coal,  to enhance ENERGY availability, accessibility, reliability, affordability and sustainability, as well as create employment.
 
3.       In order to enhance global competitiveness in manufacturing and develop indigenous
technical manpower, the use of modern manufacturing technology should be wisely adopted. The responsible government agencies should provide assistance to the existing machine tools manufacturing plants at Oshogbo, Ozubulu and Aba for their resuscitation and encourage establishment of new plants.
 
4.       Strong teams of experts selected by the Government from Tertiary Institutions, Industry,
NUC, NBTE, COREN, NERDC and the Organized Private Sector should be set up to address curricula deficiencies as well as infrastructure/ facilities deficiencies in Tertiary Institutions so as to get the Government and private proprietors to close the skill gaps for graduating students and make them better equipped for immediate employment without the necessity for elaborate re-training.
 
5.       The Government, Organized Private Sector and investors should collaborate effectively in harnessing
the abundant resources in the country with unquestionable patriotism so as to bring about enhanced and noticeable improvement in the quality of life of Nigerians in all its facets,  including food security, clothing, through the reviving of local textile plants, mass housing, diversified transport systems, quality education, uninterrupted electrical power supply to industries and homes, efficient health facilities, tourism development and value re-orientation of citizens.
 
SIGNED FOR AND ON BEHALF OF CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS AND PARTICIPANTS
 
Prof. Kenneth Okpala, FNSChE                                                                                      Engr. E. E. Ubom, FNSChE    
Chairman, 2014 Conference Organizing Committee                                                           Executive Secretary, NSChE
 
                                                                Engr. (Dr) Abubakar L. Yar’Adua, FNSChE
National President, NSChE           
 
 
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