The President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Engr. Tasiu Sa’ad Gidari Wudil, FNSE, was recently at the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency on a courtesy visit to the Managing Director/CEO, Engr. Nuruddeen A. Rafindadi, FNSE, OFR
Engr. Tasiu Sa’ad who was in company of the Executive Committee members of the Maitama branch of NSE, was at the Agency to seek the partnership of the MD/CEO of FERMA in providing solutions to the identified challenges of the Engineering community. He said ‘‘the Nigerian Society of Engineers is the umbrella body of the engineers in Nigeria. The Society was established to cater for the welfare and professional development of its members, as well as make meaningful contributions to the advancement of the profession in Nigeria. To this effect, the Maitama branch is working towards mentoring younger engineers and solving engineering problems and to do this, the Society will need the support of other cooperate bodies which we feel FERMA is one of”.
Engr. Tasiu in his remarks, stated that the Maitama branch of the NSE was established in 2010 to further propel the course of NSE across the country. The branch has produced eight 8 Chairmen since her establishment and have executed various positive projects including installation of the borehole in Abaji LGA, production of Agro solar dryer, coming first in the 2019 NSE group Dynamics competition and road marking of 3km along Lokogoma and Suncity road, Abuja. Some of these achievements, he said, was with the support of Engr. Prof. Ismail Abubakar, who is the FERMA’s Executive Director of Planning and Engineering Services.
Speaking further, Engr. Tasiu said the 2022/2023 executive committee of the NSE Maitama branch has set out four major arears of concentration during their administration in line with the NSE mandate. These four areas include the formation of committee, training of staff, training/workshop for professional development, providing solutions for engineering community using innovation and embarking on welfare activities. He thereby enjoined the engineering staff of the Agency who double as members of NSE to show more support, be active members and contribute immensely to the achievement of the Society’s mandate.
The Chairman of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Maitama branch, Engr. Henry Okoye, while addressing the MD/CEO of FERMA said that the NSE Maitama branch will need the support, guidance and partnership of the MD/CEO in the aspect of training/workshop and community engineering, employment/mentorship of young engineers in procurement and also evaluation. The Chairman also requested the presence of Engr. Rafindadi at a Technical Lecture during the monthly meeting of the Maitama branch.
The MD/CEO of FERMA was delighted to receive the President of NSE alongside the executive committee members of the Maitama branch. According to him, FERMA considers the Nigeria Society of Engineers as top partner of the Agency because the Agency executes her major mandate with the expertise of engineers. He said FERMA is also kin about updating and training of engineers and would also ensure maximum participation of her engineering staff across the country. He added that FERMA is always open for partnership at all level, particularly with other cooperate bodies which share similar mandate with the Agency. Engr. Nuruddeen Rafindadi assured that the engineers who are in charge of FERMA’s offices across the country, those in FERMA’s Road camp and Observation camps would be very supportive when called upon by the NSE.
The Chairman of the NSE Maitama branch, commend the MD/CEO of FERMA accomplishments over the years, which he said have promote the leadership skills of Engr. Rafindadi. He also congratulated the MD/CEO on his latest recognition and conferment as the Officer of the Federal Republic by President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR.
Engr. Henry also presented an award for distinguished leadership to the MD/CEO of FERMA. While presenting the award, he said ‘The Leadership of NSE has watched with keen interest, the giant strides achieved by your Agency over the years. The Agency’s accomplishments bear testimonies to the quality of leadership as forward thinking and patriotic’.
Other engineers present at the visit were Engr. Itodo Thomas, Vice Chairman, NSE, Maitama branch, Engr. Oladipupo, immediate past Chairman, NSE, Maitama branch, Engr. Prof. Ismail Abubakar, Executive Director, Planning and Engineering Services, FERMA, Engr. Marcus Idiye, Engr. Amar Ikoro, Engr. Sule Oke, Engr. Afangadi Ikake and other members of the Executive Committee of NSE, Maitama branch.
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