January 9, 2017
Last year, IBLF submitted a proposal to the Royal Academy to support and encourage innovation and development in the engineering sector, which was approved to be implemented in collaboration with the Nigeria Institution of Mechanical Engineers - NiMechE.
This pilot initiative, tagged: “NIMechE Innovation Challenge 2017”, sponsored by Royal Academy of Engineering, was launch this month and will involve the participation of 10 Engineering academies in Lagos. This competition has attracted a lot of interest from students and practitioners from other states in Nigeria .
With our strengths and expertise, we would work with NiMeche to enhance collaboration within the engineering institutions and external stakeholders. We would aim for continuous improvement by raising professional standards through supplementary education, training, and knowledge exchange and also encourage the installation of efficiency management tools to support the sector.
The aim of this initiative is to support the discovery of new ideas and solutions which could potentially create jobs, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, and promote development, whilst raising engineering standards in Nigeria.
At the end of this pilot phase, we aim to have a signed voluntary pact agreement by all Engineering stakeholders to work collaboratively to strengthen the role and impact engineering plays in Nigeria’s development and success in line with the GCRF Africa Catalyst Programme objectives.
We believe this program will form the basis for more engineering developments and success in Nigeria.