Young Engineers Forum, PH Branch Tutors Future Inventors, Innovators, Doles Out Starters Pack To Upcoming Innovators!
Portharcourt 7th September 2021
An innovation Oriented National Organization, the Young Engineers Forum (YEFON), Portharcourt Branch, yesterday carried out a technical training workshop for young Nigerian future promising engineers and innovators. The historic event took place in the Garden City of Portharcourt, Rivers State.
“It was an impactful and creative innovation, well attended and aimed towards accellerated creative, technical and innovative engineering endeavours geared towards national prosperity, self-sufficiency, growth and development.
Details of the event was made available to Radio Esan by one of the conveners of the Programme, Engineer Daniel Jatto, an AAU trained mechanical Engineer of Esan origin based in Portharcourt Rivers State. Excerpt:
THE NIGERIAN SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS PORT HARCOURT BRANCH YOUNG ENGINEERS FORUM OF NIGERIA PORT HARCOURT CHAPTER HELD A SUCCESSFUL HYBRID ANNUAL TECHNICAL WORKSHOP, 2021.
By Engr. Nelson Chuks Egwu, MNSE.
4th September, 2021.
The Nigerian Society of Engineers Port Harcourt Branch Young Engineers Forum of Nigeria Port Harcourt Chapter hybrid workshop which held on Saturday, 4th September, 2021 in the Engr. Prof. Y. O. Beredugo, FNSE Hall, at the Engr. Ishmael A. Banigo Secretariat, Water Works Yard, 3, Bernard Carr Street, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria, began with an opening prayer, thereafter the Deputy Coordinator of the Young Engineers Forum of Nigeria (YEFoN) Port Harcourt Chapter, Arinze Akupue, MNSE recognized and introduced the guests present both online and onsite.
The Chairman of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) Port Harcourt Branch, Engr. Otunte John Otueneh, MNSE immediately proceeded with an opening remark. In his opening remark, Engr. Otunte welcomed guests and participants and reminisced the impact and benefits of the 2020 YEFoN Port Harcourt Annual Technical Workshop. He said the impact that spurred the cash generous donation to the Forum during the 2020 Technical Workshop led to the establishment of the Young Engineers Entrepreneurship Fund. This Fund has provided seed capital to Young Engineers with business and innovative ideas. No fewer than five (5) Young Engineers have benefited from this fund as at August 2021. He said his belief is that more take home will be the outcome of the 2021 Workshop. Engr. Otunte urged YEFoN members to develop solutions; applications etc. to solve identified problems promising that the NSE Port Harcourt Branch can support such initiative and make the product (solution, applications, etc.) sell.
After the Branch Chairman’s remark of the Lead Speaker, Arc. Nnaemeka Uhuegbelem, FNIA took the first lecture. He built his session on Workshop, “Achieving Sustainability for Small and Medium Engineering Enterprises (SMEEs)”. He gave simplified approach to the subject matter and encouraged the young professionals to harness some tools which are essential to SMEEs. These he said are:- specialization, competence, marketing and integrity. These to him are essential for achieving sustainability for Small and Medium Scale Engineering Enterprises.
The second speaker, Engr. Andrew Agenmonmen, Managing Director of Agenski Recycling who took his session virtually shared his life experience and encouraged the participants to be: – Innovative, Bold, Calculative in risk taking, be knowledge and research driven and be confident/competent.
Engr. Agenmonmen also emphasized on the need to leverage on digital technology wisely and also consider online Channels such as YouTube (Videos) as a means to glean information.
The YEFoN Port Harcourt Chapter Patron who sponsored the event, Engr. Chief Sir Dr. Innocent Akuvue, FNSE stressed on trust and transparency as additional indispensable keys to business sustainability and continual improvement. He further encouraged the Young Engineers to come up with solutions to challenging problems.
In their goodwill messages, Engr. Dr. Hachimenum Amadi, MNSE, Vice Chairman of NSE Port Harcourt Branch and Engr. (Mrs.) Ibiye Amafabia, MNSE, Immediate Past Coordinator of YEFoN Port Harcourt Chapter encouraged YEFoN members who are Students to focus on gaining experience during their one-year industrial attachment rather than looking for establishment where they can make money at the expense of the skill/experience.
In all members were encouraged to be passionate and serious with their chosen businesses, study the life of great achievers, possess great attitude, right traits and value system as keys for sustainability despite their location.
Some personalities and some members were honoured with various categories of awards ranging from appreciations to selfless service awards.
The Coordinator of the Forum at Port Harcourt Chapter Engr. Daniel Oseahumen Jatto, MNSE in a closing remark appreciated God for a successful Annual Technical Workshop, 2021. He thank the patron, Engr. Chief Sir Dr. Innocent Akuvue, FNSE for his sole sponsorship and the Branch Chairman for his leadership and guidance. He expressed gratitude to the Lead Speaker Arc. Nnaemeka Uhuegbelem, FNIA; Speaker, Engr. Andrew E. Agenmonmen; Engr. Dr. Hachimenum Amadi, MNSE; Engr. Mrs. Harriet Ateke, MNSE; Engr. Belema Ekine, MNSE; Engr. Samuel H. Kwelle, MNSE; Engr. Richard Ogona, MNSE; Engr. Korma S. Mene, MNSE and other guests present for gracing the occasion.
To his fellow young professional colleagues, he appreciated all and told them that without them the milestone achievements would not have been possible in his leadership.
In conclusion, Engr. Jatto charged the young professionals to be selfless, sacrificial and participatory in the activities of the Society as they are an integral part of the Society and the leaders of tomorrow.