Historical Background

 

Engineering practice in the modern sense was introduced into Nigeria with the colonial administration of the country. The major technological undertaking during the later part of the nineteenth century was the development of infrastructure - public buildings, roads, telegraphy and the railway. The government organs in charge of these developments  along with other private sector organs did set-up their respective training facilities for technicians. But the first step towards professional engineering training and practice was taken when the Higher College, Yaba, was established.

 

Up until the end of the first half of the twentieth century only a few Nigerians had acquired full professional engineering status. These few obtained their basic engineering qualification and training abroad, the United Kingdom, in the main. It was only during the 1960ís that the first professionally qualified engineers were produced locally. By mid 1980ís about 40 Nigerian universities and polytechnics were training medium and high-level technical manpower.

 

In the development of engineering profession in Nigeria, regulation has been carried out by the professionals themselves, through learned societies and a statutory registration and regulatory body. The latter, the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) was set up by law in 1970 and is currently made up entirely of technical professionals. The umbrella learned society, the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE), was founded in 1958, and currently has a corporate membership of about 49,556.

 

The Nigerian Academy of Engineering was inspired by the need for a small, focused engineering body that would have the narrower objectives of the advancement and pursuit of excellence in Technology and Engineering, and the provision of a national platform for experts to pool their experience and insights and make input into public and private technical policy. The idea was encouraged by the existence of similar academies in most developed and developing countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, India, the United States of America, Russia, and Egypt etc

 

                                                                                           

2017 Annual General Meeting