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By Wale Odeyale

The Managing Director of National Engineering and Technical Company Limited (NETCO), Engr. Ishaq Dandume Abdullahi has promised that the company will be willing to partner with the leadership of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) to move the society forward in all its aims and aspirations.

Speaking recently in Lagos in his welcome address to officials of the society when they paid a courtesy visit to NETCO, Engr. Abdullahi stated that ''NETCO has always supported NSE and will not renege in doing that within its work processes''.

He expressed his happiness at the visit of the officials and used the forum to trace the formation of NETCO by NNPC as an engineering arm of the Corporation to provide first class engineering services within the oil and gas industry, adding that NETCO has weathered the storms and has come out clearly as a formidable entity.

Speaking further, the NETCO Managing Director said the company has never looked back since its inception as it had executed numerous engineering live projects.

According to him, NETCO is currently executing one of the biggest engineering projects locally through provision of enabling environment via the NCD act.


NETCO's Managing Director, Engr. I.D. Abdullahi (right) reviewing a document after collecting it from NSE's

Vice President, Engr. Valerie Agbaragbo (left) during a courtesy visit to NETCO

On the current activities of the company, Engr. Abdullahi said NETCO is executing the Egina Project with 80 per cent of the jobs done in-house translating to about 800,000 man-hours with 350 to 400 Nigerian engineers working for 18 to 20 months.

He also noted the meaningful impact NETCO is making in the area of manpower/capacity building by being in the fore-front of training of young engineers to bring them to the fore of international terrain.

Engr. Abdullahi further told the NSE officials that NETCO was in the process of diversifying to become an Engineering, Procurement and Construction and Installation Management (EPCIM) Company, adding that the company is currently building a 12 by 8” kilometer pipeline for Nigeria Gas Company (NGC) passing through Lagos and Ogun States.

According to the NETCO Managing Director, the NNPC subsidiary has a bright future and is willing to rise to take up challenges in the oil and gas industry of the nation's economy.

Also speaking at the occasion on behalf of the NSE President, the NSE Vice President, Engr. (Mrs.) Valerie Agberagba expressed the Society's gratitude to NETCO's MD for the honour accorded the NSE officials in NETCO.

According to her, she had heard a lot about NETCO, its values and all its good work and described the company as an efficient and reliable engineering  company that has provided a base for excellent deliverables in the oil and gas sector.

The NSE Vice President commended NETCO and its leadership over the years for providing a good terrain to exhibit quality and efficient delivery.

She stressed the need for NETCO to support NSE in all its programmes to ensure the 54-year old Society continues to be a relevant force.

On the next Annual General Meeting of the Society, Engr. Agberagba appealed to NETCO to help change the face of NSE Conferences by partnering with the Society to ensure hitch-free conferences and meetings through its international exposure and high quality deliverables.

She requested for prompt release of NSE members in NETCO to be part of the forth coming Annual General Meeting of the Society and also encouraged members in NETCO to deliver papers to transfer knowledge to the next generation thereby ensuring continuity.

The NSE team made up of eight officials were received in NETCO by the company's Managing Director, Engr. Ishaq Dandume Abdullahi and the entire Management team.