The Nigerian Society of Engineers, Eket branch on Friday, 21st June 2019 held her Annual Dinner, Induction and Award Night.
The event, which was held at Villa Marina Hotel located in Eket, saw a great turnout by members of the branch and also young engineers. Some of the dignitaries in attendance were President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Engr. Adekunle Mokuolu FNSE; NSE Vice President, Engr. Kilomolemo Ibitoye, FNSE; NSE Executive Secretary, Engr. Alex Okpi-Momoh, FNSE; Zonal Coordinator, National Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Mr. Uduak Obot among others.
The event started with the national anthem and opening prayer followed by the opening remarks made by the Branch Chairman. In his address, Engr. Aniebiet Udoh, MNSE welcomed all the distinguished guests and professional colleagues and also congratulated the members of the branch.
The official Investiture of the Chairman was one of the major highlights of the night. The President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Engr. Adekunle Mokuolu, FNSE officially conferred the mantle of leadership on the Chairman during the ceremony. Among the distinguished guests were delegates from the National body; NSE Vice President, Engr. Kilomodemo Ibitoye, FNSE; Engr. Alex Okpi Momoh, FNSE; Zonal Coordinator NCDMB, Mr. Uduak Obot.
During his Investiture speech, Engr. Udoh restated his commitment to the Branch, recalling the 3-point agenda he made during the election campaign. He stated that he is committed to complete the Engineering building, revive the Young Engineers’ Forum, and improve the technical content of the Branch.
He expounded on the theme of the 2019 Engineering week “Innovative and Reverse Engineering: The imperative of institutional synergy (Academia, Industry, and Government) for sustainable development”. He spoke on the need to renew and revitalize important synergy needed between Academia, Industry, and Government. He made it clear that the key component that our country lacks is Technology. He stated that a great proportion of the 20th-century problems faced by the country could be solved by the proper application of the right technology.
The Chairman also highlighted some of the events of the Engineering week and stated confidently that it had been an Engineering week like no other. He specifically thanked the President of the Society and other guests for honoring the invitation. He also had words of gratitude for all the individuals, corporate and government organizations that had contributed to the success of the week.
After the Chairman’s address, there was a lecture by Engr. Prof. Umana Itaketo, FNSE. This was followed by the NSE President's speech and induction of new members. In his speech, the President made known his delight on the progress made by the Eket branch and restated his commitment towards the Engineering profession in Nigeria. For the induction, seven corporate members were inducted into the Society and thirty graduate members were also recognized by the President with a handshake.
During the award ceremony, Exxon Mobil Producing Nigeria, Grafen Integrated Oilfield services, Thompson & Grace Investment, and Azimarine & General Service Limited were all the organizations that received an award of recognition from the branch. Awards of recognition were also presented to Mr. Uduak Obot, MNIR and Engr. Mrs. Pauline Emem Ekong, MNSE.
The dinner took place after a toast was made both to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Nigerian Society of Engineers. The guests and members were served with several mouth-watering dishes.
Just before the conclusion of the event, the Chairman peached the idea of the Society of Engineers Eket Declaration (SEED) to the President. The SEED declaration was an idea that ensured that all guests and members present in the event were to append their signature on a flex (banner), which will be also signed by companies visited in the future and finally be hung somewhere open in the proposed Engineering hub when it is completed.