The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) is to host the 2014 World Engineering Conference in Abuja, the society’s President, Mustapha Shehu, said in Abuja on Monday.
Shehu said that hosting the conference would be part of efforts to promote engineering in Nigeria and Africa.
He said NSE had, at the World Engineering Conference in Slovenia, sought to host the next edition of the event.
``I got the hosting rights of the World Engineering Conference in Nigeria. For the first time, Nigeria is going to host the world engineering community next year.
``We were delighted to have the acceptance of the world engineering community and later they wrote us a formal approval that come November 2014 we are going to host the conference.
``The theme of the conference is `Development of sustainable infrastructure in Africa’ and it would be held here in Abuja,’’ Shehu said.
The NSE president disclosed that further efforts had been made to advance engineering practice in Africa with the unification of all African engineering organisations under one umbrella.
Shehu said a South African had been elected as the president of the continental federation, while he would assume the presidency next year.
``We have been able to unite the African engineering institutions under one umbrella, as the `Federation of African Engineering Organisations’ which covers all engineering institutions in Africa.
``It used to be two, one being promoted by Nigeria and another being promoted by South Africa. But when we went to Kenya we had a meeting and we resolved to settle our differences and came up with one single organisation.
``We had an election and a South African was elected to be the president while I became the president-elect and by that position it meant that by end of 2014, I will take over automatically without going through any election,’’ Shehu said.