The Nigerian Institution of Water Engineers felicitate with the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) on her attainment of 60 years of superior service to Nigeria and humanity. A hearty congratulations from us all at NIWE.

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The Nigerian Institution of Water Engineers with heavy heart but with gratitude to Almighty Allah announce the demise of Engr. Jimoh A.O Akinbowale, MNSE, MNIWE which took place on the 20th April 2018. He was buried the same day according to Islamic rites.

Engr Jimoh A.O Akinbowale was a founding father of NIWE and the 2nd National Chairman of the Institution. Our hearts and prayers are with his family.

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Water is central to human existence. The entire socio-economic development and environmental sustainability revolve around it. The importance of this finite resource to the lives of all Nigerians prompted the need to developing a framework towards making the water sector a pillar for food security, job creation, water supply, sanitation and hydro-power generation.

NIWE was set up with a mission to change the mind-set of of the Nigerian Water Engineer and awaken in us the spirit of hard work by developing positive attitude that success through hard work is more fulfilling and rewarding to our nation.


It gives me great pleasure as the incoming “arrow head” of the Institution for the next two years to extend to you all a very warm welcome on behalf of NIWE, a Division of NSE.
It is also particularly symbolic for me, to welcome you all to this occasion of the fourth investiture of a Chairman for NIWE. Because I have had the singular opportunity of being in the National Exco from the inception of the 2nd Exco till date.
I am particularly thankful to; Almighty God, Our Father, Benefactor and Creator for granting us this day; our Special Guest of Honour the Honourable Minister of Water Resources; the guest speaker, Engr. Prof. O. D. Jimoh; and our IPC Engr. Josef Anayo Ezie, FNSE, FNIWE; and indeed to all other dignitaries present on this auspicious occasion.
I would like to express my sincere appreciation to my President and the father of NSE, Engr. Otis Anyaeji, FNSE , FAEng for his fatherly role as he steers the ship of the NSE in Nigeria and for chairing this Investiture ceremony at a short notice.
I welcome in a special way all our awardees of today, whose achievements we shall celebrate here today and always. As I stand on this podium, the thought that we are gathered to mark the beginning of another tenure and to be precise, a 4th tenure makes me wonder how quickly time flies. But, it is also time to reflect on what the Division has been through in its short but eventful life and what it has been able to achieve during this period.
On the 7th of Feb. 2013, at Arcade Suites Abuja, during the investiture of the 2nd Chairman of the division, in the person of Engr Jimoh Akinbowale, MNSE the then outgoing Chairman and indeed 1st Chairman of the division, Engr Tunde Ajanaku, FNSE in his welcome address recalled how the Council of NSE then, looked at the roles of engineers in the water resources sector and how it affects the Nigerian environment and indeed the world over and decided it was necessary to have a Water Division to create an avenue to enhance the professional development of its members in the sector as well as aid the technological advancement of our nation. This has been the guiding principles of our existence since inception as a professional division of our illustrious society, the NSE.
NIWE was set up with a mission to change the mind-set of the Nigerian Water Engineer and awaken in us the spirit of hard work by developing positive attitudes that success through hard work is more fulfilling and rewarding to our nation. We have also continued to send the message of hope to our future generations on various platforms including our Water Clubs in some secondary schools and the annual Water Africa/West Africa programmes. This is not an evening for long speeches but a time to celebrate and set the markers and also the ball rolling for an eventful tenure.
Over the past six years, NIWE has been in contact with various Agencies in the WATSAN sector including individuals with nationalistic ideas. We have gone through various conferences, seminars, technical presentations and visits both inside and outside the shores of our Country for cross fertilization of knowledge in the identification of challenges and proffering solutions for implementation. All these tireless efforts are an inspiration and a beacon of hope to us all.
Meanwhile, today is an opportune time to renew contacts and discuss problems of mutual interest with Engineers in the house and also amalgamating with other professionals from various fields and sector(s) of the economy. It is gratifying to note that the theme of the Investiture lecture presentation covers a wide range of very interesting items relating to the overall situation of governance and institutions affecting our sector and the nation. No matter how much we can do by ourselves at this level, it is never enough. In a spirit of true cooperation and collaboration, we in this division of NSE are proud to be a part of nurturing for all past and present civilizations and cultures by joining in an action-oriented effort to attack and solve the problems that beset water development. The testimony is currently being seen in the Asian tigers. Why can’t we be a benchmark too in Africa. We have enormous tasks ahead that call for joint responsibilities.
The establishment of this Division and its continued sustenance; of which this my incoming Exco is going to be part of the building blocks; would therefore continue to actualize the Vision and Mission of NSE by promoting high ethical standards, enhancing professional competence in service delivery and facilitating the professional development of its members in the WATSAN Sector.
It would also serve as a melting pot to provide the Government or other official or unofficial authorities or organizations to have recourse for advice, assistance or expression of views on any subject of concern or interest and to facilitate the development & acquisition of technology by conducting field trips to places of Water Infrastructural facilities.
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, challenges are always new with the instruments of meeting them. The quiet force of progress throughout history has never changed, these are honesty and hard work, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism. We shall abide by this as we chart the course of progress for our division and indeed the NSE.
At this juncture, allow me to extend my sincere gratitude to all the past Chairmen of this Division, all members of the Excos, all members of the Division’s branches nationwide and the Planning Committee for this inauguration. The wonderful gesture of members from other Divisions of NSE especially the Chairmen is sincerely appreciated.
To all our sponsors, I hereby recognise you specially for your support and encouragement.