NSE Eket Branch kick started the year 2020 with a reminder to its members on some focus and intended drive, as the Chairman, Engr. Aniebiet Udoh, MNSE at the beginning of its first meeting for the year 2020 stated some focus area for the year. Amongst his mentions were, Engineering Building – as he aims to attain reasonable progress toward raising the structure to a great level, Mentorship Programs for secondary schools, tertiary institutions, young and transitional graduates, the Branch’s Young Engineers’ Forum of Nigeria (YEFON), Industrial Visits, Courtesy Visits and Technical Development of Branch Members.
He further revealed a plan for more seminars and workshops outside usual meeting days for faster and better development of members, while seeking support of all members to make all plans achievable.
Engr. Aniebiet during his opening remark mentioned that, the much delibrated integrity test has been concluded and next phase of work should commence. This is against the contrary view that not much progress has been made at the site.
He advised that members are free to express concerns about the project but should do so appropriately and professionally, noting that some of the languages as stated in the meetings’ minute might breed disharmony within members.
He called on all members to work together for the branch to reach its goals, stressing on the Engineering Building.
On other matters, the Vice Chairman Engr. Hassan raised safety concerns on some Engineering projects in Eket. He mentioned two cases that needs safety assessments as he suggested a visit to those sites; Firstly, an installed Mast at Grace Bill likely to fall over, judging by its weak support structure. On the second case, he mentioned that the China Market construction also needs to be inspected. From his observation, the construction done on that site is majorly of metals which are very good conductors of heat and electricity. He therefore suggested the need to re-evaluate the insulation design of the structure to ensure safety and avoid imminent electrocution or devastating fire outbreak that could be triggered at any time.
The safety concerns of the Branch Vice Chairman were welcomed by many as Engr. Emmanuel Unanawo, MNSE reacted in full support, stating that “NSE should have firm role in city planning and the engineering development in Eket”.
The meeting was enlivened with two technical sessions, from the Chairman, Engr. Aniebiet Udo,MNSE and the Assistant Technical Secretary, Engr. Lawrence Akubue, MNSE on Basic Excel Formulas and ; Data Analysis, Using Micro Soft Excel.