Blue Economy: Engineers seek minister’s support to drive sector

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Mr Wjoku jude, a member, Apapa Branch of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE); Mr Ajadi semiu, a member; Mr Babatunde Awode, Branch Chairman and the General Secretary, Mr Malvin Ibisi during news conference to announce the Society’s 2023 Engineering Week on Monday in Lagos

By Bolu Akindoyin/Grace Alegba


The Apapa Branch of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) on Monday in Lagos appealed to the Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, to collaborate with them towards success of the sector.

The Branch Chairman, Mr Babatunde Awode, made the call at a news conference to announce the 2023 Engineering Week of the association.

Awode said the branch had adopted measures and repositioned its members who are ready to drive the Marine and
Blue Economy’s speedy.

He said no nation can develop without its engineers and advised the new minister to work closely with the Society who are ready to drive progress in all aspects of the blue economy.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the blue economy is an economic activity related to the world’s oceans, seas and coasts, which include tourism, energy production, shipping and aquaculture.

According to the chairman, the Society wants to introduce all aspects of the blue economy to the engineers to help them create job opportunities and promote sustainable development.

He said that the Marine and Blue Economy was a huge untapped resource that could transform the nation, hence the need for special focus.

He said the nation had numerous marine engineers to generate huge resources from fishing, shipping, mining, aquaculture and other areas to reduce importation.

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Speaking on the 2023 Engineering Week, he said a workshop titled, “Understanding the Basic Principles and the Dynamics of Suspension System in Automobile”, was held on Monday, Aug. 28.

He said that, on Tuesday, the engineers would embark on humanitarian visit to Heart of Gold Children Hospice in Surulere and an industrial tour to the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency in Ikeja.

He said a hybrid Public Lecture titled, “Sustainable Infrastructure as a Vehicle for Economic Growth -The role of the Engineers”, would be taken on Wednesday by Mr Tokunbo Ajanaku, an NSE Fellow.

Ajanaku is the Deputy National Chairman, Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers, and a Director, Lagos State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure.

Other events, according to the chairman, include indoor games and an Annual General Meeting/Elections on Thursday.He said the theme for the Engineering Week is: “Effective Industrial Practices for Economic Sustainable Growth”.

The General Secretary, Apapa Branch of NSE, Mr Malvin Ibisi, explained that industrial visits to NAMA would help engineers to interface with the organisation on areas of collaboration.

He said that engineers were ready to tackle aviation issues, adding that aeroplane parts could also be produced locally with the development of the steel sector. (NAN)

Edited by Oluwole Sogunle

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