The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) was founded on February 16th, 1958. Its objective is to promote the advancement of engineering education, research, and practice in all its ramifications thereby maintaining and enhancing the professional capabilities of its members so as to better equip them to fulfill the needs of the profession for the good of the public and the nation of large. For further reading, it is best to refer to the link below for the history of NSE.
The inauguration of the Houston Branch was held on May 3rd, 2018 at the Texas Southern University (TSU) Houston, Texas.
The NSE President Engr. Adekunle Mokuolu, FNSE gave his speech and here are a few excerpts pulled off from the full speech important to note on this great historic event:
“On behalf of Council and entire membership of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), I am indeed, very delighted to stand before you today to perform the official inauguration of NSE Houston Branch which has brought our Branch network strength to 72. Houston Branch is the first Branch to be inaugurated outside the shores of Nigeria but the second International Branch to be established by the Council after London Branch as the 71st Branch of NSE.
I am trusting that owing to the fact of your location in a ‘First World Country’, we will enjoy the advantage of the Houston Branch been able to leverage and respond quickly to provision of position papers on technical matters of interest to NSE. Also all Nigerian Engineers residing in United States of America (USA) now have the opportunity to participate in provision of engineering infrastructure in Nigeria as businessmen, regulators, educationists and volunteers for the wellbeing all. Nigeria needs you at this critical time to contribute your intellectual and material resources towards her development. The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, FNSE, GCFR, is fully committed to engaging Nigerian Engineers for Nigeria’s development through the signing of Presidential Executive Order 5 to anchor Nigerian Content in Science, Engineering and Technology. I seize this opportunity to thank the President for his courage to sign this Executive Order 5. I am confident that the Nigerian Engineers in Houston and indeed USA would supply and bridge any identified missing gap for any project delivery in Nigeria.”
The Inauguration of Executive Committee members and the induction of the new members was done. The Exco members are ready to serve and be committed.
Here is a list of the NSE Houston Branch Executive Committee
- Chairman – Engr. Fisoye Delano
- Vice Chairman/Technical Secretary – Engr. Clement Oke
- General Secretary – Engr. Olu Marinho
- Financial Secretary/Treasurer – Engr. Ayodele Koyejo
- Asst. General Secretary – Mrs. Ngowari Diminas
- Publicity Secretary – Mr. Segun Jebutu
- Ex-Officio Members
- Mr. Segun Omidele
- Dr. Obinna Duru
- Engr. Simon Ehiemua – Director (registered with the State of Texas)
The NSE Houston Branch Chairman also gave his speech and there were several short speeches and good will messages including Dr. David Olowokere, Engineering Department, Chair, TSU and the President of National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) TSU Chapter.
The cutting of the NSE 60th Anniversary Cake was performed with the support of the other Exco members that came from Nigeria to witness this occasion.
As part of the CAFEW Social Engineering Series; I interviewed the NSE President, NSE Vice President and the NSE Chairman Houston Branch. The full interview can be accessed via the link below.
Picture below was taken after the CAFEW interview.
From Left to Right: Engr. Fisoye Delano; Ngowari Diminas; Engr. Adekunle Mokuolu, FNSE; Engr. Babagana Mohammed, FNSE.
There was lots of networking and conversation with various colleagues, friends and well wishers.
From Left to Right: Ibiere Minimah Jumbo, Myself, Stephanie Nwoko, Samuel Ighalo, Myself and Bralade Emenanjo.
Myself and Bralade are the CAFEW presenters and we have been working together to build questions, technical topics, dialogues and areas that are key to supporting women in Engineering.
“Talent is unique to each person so it is highly necessary to nurture it. Dream big, work hard consistently, develop skills continuously, volunteer, read & research always to increase your knowledge bank and most of all pray always.” – Ngowari Diminas, CAFEW founder