The Nigerian Society of Engineers, Eket branch held her annual engineering week and one of the major activities was the NSE Exhibition and Workshop Seminar (NEWS) 2019 edition. The event held on Saturday, 22nd June 2019 at Villa Marina Hotel, Eket. The theme of the conference was  “Innovative and Reverse Engineering: The imperative of institutional synergy (Academia, Industry, and Government) for sustainable development”. This event, which wrapped up the 2019 Engineering week, attracted companies like Bonitas Limited, TrioBriddle Services, XOOMA Worldwide, Metering Solution Manufacturing Services Limited (MSMSL), Bunmi-Ad-Faluyi Construction, KodeHauz Technologies, and many others.

In his opening remarks, the chief host of the event, Engr. Aniebiet Udoh acknowledged the presence of the President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Engr. Adekunle Mokuolu, FNSE. The President who was unavoidably absent was ably represented by his Vice President, Engr. Kilomodemo Ibitoye, FNSE. Also present at the event were:  Zonal Coordinator of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Mr. Uduak Obot and Executive Secretary of NSE, Engr. Alex Okpi Momoh, FNSE. Engr. Udoh while welcoming the exhibitors and participants, stated that the event would serve as a platform for Engineering companies in the area to showcase their products and services and also share in the enormous opportunity accorded them by the Federal government.

 The workshop was held as a panel discussion and the lectures were given by the various representatives of the guest companies present.

The first lecture was given by the representative from Bonitas Limited on Project Management as relating to Engineering Projects Delivery. In his lecture, he mentioned that every project requires proper management tools to achieve the expected goal and optimum result.

 The second lecture was given by Mrs. Otobore Olumoye, a financial expert and a chemical engineer by discipline. She pointed out that most engineers have poor marketing skills and she took time to speak on the importance of developing skills in the selling of great ideas and products. She emphasized the need for engineers to be business oriented and become entrepreneurs. She added that having ideas that could change the world is good, but knowing how to market the ideas to make money is better.

 The Zonal Coordinator, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Mr. Uduak Obot delivered a lecture on the local content law enacted in 2010 by President Goodluck Jonathan. He mentioned that the enactment of the local content law has brought lots of benefits to banks and insurance companies in Nigeria. He stated that the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry content development (NOGICD) Act is focused on domiciliation and domestication of value-adding activities. He said the board has trained and certified more than 1000 individuals in different skills, such as carpentry, welding, and many more skills. The major achievements by the board include the construction of pipe mills, pipe coating, 36% of marine vessels, LV/HV cables, Egina FPSO integration, a facility for barite processing among others.

He added that the board is currently undertaking a project on the construction of Nigerian Oil and Gas Parks (NOGAPS) in the nine oil producing state in Nigeria, with Akwa Ibom State and Cross River State being the piloting states. He mentioned that Akwa Ibom state government had already given the board 32 hectares of land at Onna local government to actualize this project. He added that these parks will have a modular refinery with the capacity to refine 5,000 barrels/day of crude oil. The NCDMB boss finalized by saying that the board has currently achieved up to 28% of local content development and hope that by 2027, it would rise to 70%.

 Engr. Kilomodemo Ibitoye, FNSE commended the NCDMB Zonal Coordinator for the work done by the board and suggested that the board should look into other sectors such as construction and telecommunication. Engr. Aniebiet Udoh added his voice to the opinion of the Engr. Ibitoye by also suggesting that the board incorporate ICT into the act. Mr. Uduak Obot replied that all of their concerns have been raised in the past and it has been duly passed to the Legislature for approval. 

The high point of the event was the exhibition of various technology products and services by the participating indigenous companies.

Some of the companies that exhibited their technology included: TrioBriddle Services, a cleaning service company located at Port Harcourt; XOOMA Worldwide, which provides solutions to effect of electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones using a device known as Neitronik and treatment of acidic water for safe drinking; KodeHauz Technologies, an ICT firm based in Eket. KodeHauz Technologies showcased three of their products: HELIUM, an Advanced Home Automated System; IRIS, a software that makes advertisement easy and more effective; and Emergency Response System (ERS), a mobile application used for quick response in emergency situations.

The event which recorded a huge success was witnessed by key stakeholders in the engineering sphere including; heads of industry, technocrats, investors, entrepreneurs, young engineers and students.