NSE Annual General Meeting: Engr. Ukeme Okpob Breaks Record with Highest Number of Members in Attendance


…Gives Scorecard of His Administration

It was a moment of celebration as Engineers across all Engineering fields in the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Uyo Branch turned up for the Annual General Meeting of the branch.

The AGM which marks the end of 2020/2022 financial year led by Engr Ukeme Okpob MNSE had the highest number of members in attendance recorded in the history of the branch. Engr. Oliver Ebong FNSE, served as the Chairman of the election Committee,  other members of the Committee were Engr Dr Babalola Abdulrasheed FNSE,  Engr Samuel Ukata MNSE, Engr Mrs Emem Mendie MNSE, while  Engr Etido Inyang FNSE,served as an observer.

The AGM which took place on Sunday 31st August 2022 at the Engr Ukeme Okpob Hall, National Engineering Centre Annex/Branch Secretariat in Uyo featured presentation of valedictory speech by the outgoing  Chairman, Engr Ukeme Okpob, popularly called the “Capacity Chairman”. The AGM also featured Annual Secretariat report, Annual financial report, and the report by the Audit Committee was presented.

In his valedictory speech, Engr. Okpob welcomed all Engineers to the 2022 Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Uyo Branch. He appreciated members of the Nigerian Society of Engineers Uyo Branch saying that he was able to prove his leadership capacity, most especially in providing workable solutions to many salient issues affecting the progress of the Branch.

“Let me begin by expressing how privileged I feel to have had the opportunity to serve the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Uyo Branch. I wish to thank all Engineers of Uyo Branch for giving me the opportunity to serve as the Chairman in order to demonstrate my wealth of knowledge, experience and capacity in moving the Branch forward.

“Today, I am very pleased to say that the narrative of NSE Uyo Branch has changed dramatically. Without a doubt, we are no longer in a rented apartment for our Monthly General Meetings. The building of The National Engineering Centre Annex/ Uyo Branch Secretariat is in total fulfillment of my manifesto which was captured as a major agenda of this administration. To the glory of God this facility has been put to use.”

Engr Okpob noted that his administration has rejuvenated hope for NSE Uyo Branch judging from the growing number of Engineers coming to register in the Branch and willing to participate in the activities of the Branch. Engr Okpob stressed out that the low interest of members towards activities of  NSE Uyo Branch was as a result of some challenges encountered at the rented which has been addressed by his administration.

He added that Members’ welfare was his core priority, explaining that his administration responded to the harmonization and step advancement in civil service which affected Engineers from grade level 9 to great level 16. “We are optimistic that our meetings with the Head of Civil Service will yield positive result that will correct the anomalies in the State Civil Service. We also agitated for the continuous involvement of Indigenous Contractors in awarding of contract by State Government.”

While analysing his achievements within two years, Okpob noted that The Nigerian Society of Engineers, Uyo Branch is far better now than how he inherited, saying that the continuous agitation for a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Uyo Branch to be appointed into the State Executive Council yielded positive results during his tenure.
“Today, we have one committed member of the Branch who once served as Technical Secretary of the Branch being appointed as the Commissioner for Special Duties & Ibom Deep Sea Port. This was a great achievement, to God be the Glory.”

He  appreciated the  Executive Committee Members for their encouragement and confidence in him. “I truly feel that the last two years as the Chairman of the Branch have been fulfilling, and have given me the opportunity to gain additional valuable experience in leadership. I encourage all Engineers to extend the massive support to the next administration’s completion agenda so we can consolidate on the gains of the past years and also complete this structure.”

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