(TRADE NEWSWIRE): The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), under the leadership of a Socio-Economic Reformer and Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman, has expressed the readiness of the Authority to support the Committee of Deans of Engineering and Technology of Nigerian Universities (CODET) in bridging the gap between engineering students and practitioners in the industry to support Nigerian infrastructural needs, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports.
NPA MD said this when a delegation of the Committee of Deans of Engineering and Technology of Nigerian Universities (CODET) led by their Chairman, Engineer Professor .E.A. Ajav, paid a working visit to the Management of NPA at the Authority’s Corporate Headquarters recently in Lagos.
(Capacity development): is the process through which individuals, organizations and societies obtain, strengthen and maintain the capabilities to set and achieve their own development objectives over time. Capacity is about growth of the individual in knowledge, skills and experience.
(The Committee of Deans of Engineering and Technology of Nigerian Universities- CODET): Is a meeting point for Deans in the faculty/ department of Engineering and Technologies in Nigerian Universities with the aim of working to improve on Engineering Education in the country.
In a statement obtained by TRADE NEWSWIRE from the Principal Manager, Public Affairs, NPA, Ibrahim Nasiru, on behalf of the General Manager, Public Affairs of the Authority, NPA MD said the Authority’s collaboration with relevant agencies across sectors of the economy was aimed at impacting on socio-economic growth of Nigeria.
The NPA MD, who was represented by the Executive Director, Engineering and Technical Services of the Authority, Prof. Idris Abubakar, said that the NPA was willing to support the group’s laudable programme through the corporate sponsorship of its forthcoming International Engineering Competition amongst Universities across the country aimed at “boosting the intellectual development of interns in all fields” of engineering.
She said, ‘’ The Engineering Profession is a discipline that serves as the bedrock of a nations development and efforts should be geared at maximizing the potentials at all times.
“A window would soon be created through which the top echelon of the Organization’s engineers would share experiences and expertise acquired over the years through this.”
She believed that this development would go a long way towards bridging the gap between the tertiary institutions and the Industry at large and added that NPA Management would be willing to collaborate and exhibit a smooth synergy with institutions in the area of manpower development regularly.
Speaking in the same vein, Chairman of the group, Professor E.A. Ajav affirmed that his team was at the NPA headquarters to appreciate the organizations support and resolve concerning capacity development over time through sponsorship and collaboration.
On the issue of the upcoming programme for engineering interns across the Nigerian Universities, the Chairman stated that the first edition held in 2016 was quite a success in terms of the positive impact on the student’s performances. He affirmed that this has further propelled the body to organize this year’s edition and plan towards sustainability.
The 2017 edition would herald three best students from each zone who would then proceed for the final event to determine the best University in the country. The breakdown cuts across higher institutions in all the geo political locations of the country.
Professor Idris Abubakar led the NPA team which included General Managers Engineers Jatto .A. Adams, Maintenance, Peter Obinomen Capital projects and Mohammed .A. Rufai Physical Planning and Development whilst on the side of the Engineers were Professors O.B. Oloche, Treasurer and Mohammed .S. Public Relations Officer.