The President Nigerian Society of Engineers, Engr. Tasiu Sa’ad Gidari-Wudil, FNSE on Sunday paid an unscheduled visit to the building site of the National Engineering Center Annex/ Uyo Branch Secretariat at plot 6 Residential/Commercial Layout Atan Offot, along Ring Road II, Uyo.
The visit according the President was to have an on the spot assessment of work progress at the site, being the 4th Center in Nigeria after Lagos, Abuja and the recently inaugurated Center in Ikeja, Lagos State. The President was led by the the Chairman Nigerian Society of Engineers, Uyo Branch Engr. Ukeme Okpob along with the Chairman NSE Ikot Ekpene Branch, Engr. Nsikak Afia and other Engineers of Uyo Branch.
Engr. Gidari-Wudil commended the vision and effort of Engr. Ukeme Okpob to Uyo Branch and appreciated the cooperation and commitment of all members of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Uyo Branch.
Engr. Gidari-Wudil expressed satisfaction on the level of work at the site within the short period (5 months) from Groundbreaking Ceremony, and emphasized on the need for Engineers to use engineering knowledge to diversify to other sectors of the economy in other to spread engineering knowledge across board.
The President stated that with what He has seen in Uyo, the branch can comfortably set up a Virtual Meeting Hub in the facility where virtual meetings can be hosted by individuals or Corporate Organizations. Mr President added that Skill Training Programmes can also be organized for the upcoming Engineers to broaden their skills in addition to the theories and practicals they are learning in schools.
Engr. Gidari-Wudil said Engineers of the 21st Century must be creative and innovative in providing solution to societal problems to sustain the integrity of the profession.
However, the Chairman Nigerian Society of Engineers, Uyo Branch, Engr. Ukeme Okpob appreciated Engr. Tasiu Sa’ad Gidari-Wudil for the visit and assured to work with him through out his tenure as President Nigerian Society of Engineers.
The Branch Chairman explained that the building is originally designed only for two floors which contains 2 boardrooms, 500 capacity conference auditorium, digital library, sizeable kitchenette & restaurant, reception portal, 9 administration rooms and an open floor space, all with high speed WI-FI, interactive projector screen etc.
Okpob said that the multi-purpose hall is to serve as a meeting hall, provide appropriate accommodation for a planned Professional Development activities, International Workshops, Conferences and Exhibitions.
He added that there is a future plan for the remaining space at the site which will be used to raised a structure that will accommodate an Engineering Laboratory, ICT Center, and an Engineering Workshop for the purpose of training upcoming Engineers from the state.