Engr. Babagana Mohammed has been sworn in as the new president of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE). Muhammed, a former chairman of the Victoria Island branch of the society was sworn in at an investiture held at the International Conference Center (ICC), Abuja, on Jan. 11, 2020. He succeeds Engr. Adekunle Mokunolu who was the 31st president.
The Borno State born engineer whose tenure will run for two years in his investiture speech emphasized the need to develop the country across different fronts.
He said: “We will align ourselves with the national development goals of 2030 and ensure the profession of Engineering gives its best to national development. The NSE will open its doors to innovation from all and sundry. Individuals with outstanding ideas that can move the nation forward will get support from the society whether or not such individuals are Engineers.”
He also stressed the importance of young Engineering graduates acquiring necessary skills with a view to dynamic job creation in the 21st century.
According to him, the world is moving away from the era of certificate-based employment, to skills-based employment thereby calling for urgent need in equipping young people with skills. He concluded by proposing ways of strengthening the society, increasing its membership, mentoring young engineers, nurturing them and resolving conflicts within the engineering family from different regions of the country among many other important issues.
The event was graced by eminent personalities including the Executive Governor of Borno State, Engr. Prof Babagana Zulum and the Executive Governor of Yobe state, Hon. Mai Buni. Also present was the
former governor of Borno state, Sen. Kashim Shettima, president, Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).
Others are past presidents of NSE and personalities both from within and outside the Engineering ecosystem.