Uli (Ihiala LGA)-Experts in the engineering sector have pledged a commitment to seeking alternative to Nigeria’s dependence on oil for economic survival.

Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Uli Campus, Mr John Atuchukwu, an Engineer, gave the assurance ahead of the 4th International Conference of the institution.

According to him, it is regrettable that the country is still solely dependent on oil as its main source of economic survival.

He said the choice of the theme for the conference: Nigeria Beyond Oil: The Role of Engineers”, was informed by that challenge.

Nigeria is about 90 per cent dependent on crude oil as source of revenue. The conference will offer us opportunity to come up with useful contributions toward diversifying the economy.

The essence of the conference is to further rekindle interest among engineers in researching on alternatives to oil.”

Atuchukwu noted that the institution had selected seasoned experts with years of experience in the field to deliver papers during the event.

These include such knowledgeable experts like Mr Barth Nwibe and Mr Chris Azubogu.

He adds: the positive impacts of the previous conferences are evidence of the laudable objectives of the conferences and foresight/visionary qualities of our previous and present Vice Chancellors in taking the university to the next level.

The faculty has continued to expand in all frontiers of learning with the aim of becoming one of the major centres of teaching, learning and research in engineering.

It is worthy of note that all our Engineering Departments were accredited by Council for Registration of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) and the National University’s Commission (NUC).

Atuchukwu pointed out that the institution had won laurels at International, National and State competitions at various times and in various fields.

The NUTA-BOLTS TEAM in 2012 competed at the House of Commons in London and won the Global Competition, beating teams from America, Britain, Trinidad and Tobago, Bahrain to emerge as winners.

The team was led by our erudite Prof. Philip N Atanmo (FNSE), Former Dean of the Faculty and our indefatigable technologists, Mr David C Egboka and Mr Austin I Gbasouzor

The team designed the famous UGO’ race car.

In 2015, the IMECHE/NUTA-BOLT Team of Faculty of Engineering entered for the IMECHE SPEAK OUT competition for engineering students in Nigerian universities and was placed in the first position with exploration of Bast-Fibre from Banana leaves as alternative hair attachment (wig).

This year, our students have won competitions organised by Committee of Deans of Engineering and Technology of Nigerian Universities (CODET) taking first and third positions at South East Zonal level.

The event was held at Owerri and Abuja on Aug. 1.

We also won first position in project exhibition tagged, TECHNO EXPO 2019, organised by Anambra State Government, Ministry of Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Awka from Oct. 8 to Oct. 10.

Our IMECHE Team travelled to Calabar on the same day (Oct. 8 � Oct.10) and won first prize in another competition, keenly contested by engineering students from various Nigerian universities.”

Source: Anambra State Government