NPA to collaborate with engineering body on professionalism, says MD

L-R: Chairman Nig. Society of Engineering (NSE) Lagos Branch, Engr. OludayoOluyemi, NPA Exec. Dir. Engr. David Omonibeke and Gen. Manager Maintenance, Engr. Peter Obinomen when the NSE team recentlyvisited NPA Headquarters in Marina, Lagos.

 The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA)Malam Habib Abdullahi, on Friday said that the Authority would collaborate with the Nigerian Society of Engineers and other Institutions to ensure maintenance of professionalism.
This was contained in a statement by the Assistant General Manager, Public Affairs of the NPA,Mr Musa Iliya.
The statement said that the collaborative effort for professionalism would ensure the engineering curriculum of such institutions had relevant industry-based specialisation.

Abdullahi was quoted to have stated this while receiving a delegation of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Lagos state branch which paid him a courtesy visit in his office on March 24.

L-R: NPA Exec. Dir. Marine & Operations, Engr. David Ominebeke presenting a gift to the Chairman Nig. Society of Engineers (NSE) Lagos Branch, Engr. OludayoOluyemi when the later recently paid a courtesy visit to NPA Headquarter in Marina, Lagos.
Represented by the Executive Director, Marine and Operations, Engr. David Omonibeke, the Managing Director noted that there were many unemployed engineering graduates due to lack of relevant industry skills required.

 Omonibeke told the delegation that any young engineering graduate with the necessary skill does not need any godfather to secure employment.

He said that the Authority would soon establish a Maritime Safety Centre for the training of Pilots and other personnel in the fire service.

On request for assistance to complete the branch Secretariat/Library complex, earlier made by the leader of the delegation, Engr. Oludayo Oluyemi, Omonibeke said the NPA had a Corporate Social Responsibility policy for host communities.

 He said  that their request had been noted in view of the pivotal roles engineers played in infrastructure development in the maritime sector.

On the roles of the Authority’s engineers, the General Manager, Maintenance, Engr. Peter Obinomen, said that they have been involved  in capital and maintenance dredging of the channels, quay wall and fenders construction.

He said they had also done installation of navigational aids like buoys, moles and breakwater works, roads and rail networks within the port and other marine engineering that deals with water front infrastructure.

Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Engr. Oluyemi  commended the NPA for its roles in the Nigerian economy and for providing their colleagues with gainful employment.

He added that the Authority was identified as one of the biggest employer of Engineers in the country.

He informed the representative of the Managing Director that the society would hold its Annual General Meeting in Akure in November this year and that the NPA was invited to grace the occasion.