WELCOME ADDRESS BY THE CHAIRMAN, CONFERENCE PLANNING COMMITTEE


Over the years, we have championed the best solutions to complex challenges confronting our country, and even now, as we strive to move out of recession, that has bedeviled us for quite some time now.

 

I have the singular honour and privilege as the Chairman of the Abuja 2017 Conference Planning Committee (CPC) to assure participants at this annual gathering of incisive debates and first hand information from global leaders as we focus on Diversification of Nigerian Economy: Engineering Perspective.

 

There is a growing concern within the circle of experts and scholars who are now urging for a methodical approach and response to the diversification of the economy in order to halt the advancement of poverty. The hard fact is that the lack of investment in critical areas of the economy comes at economic and social costs; it is no wonder therefore that in recent times, developing nations have experienced a quantum of investment losses resulting in massive job cuts.

 

For the purpose of robust engagements, the Technical Sub-committee of the CPC has carefully put together themes and sub-themes for the discourses that will exhaustively dwell on proffering strategies for implementation of the Diversification of the Economy as well as other subject matters in the value chain of economic recovery.

 

Abuja, the host city of the conference is the capital city of Nigeria, in the middle of the country. The skyline of the city, which was built largely in the 1980s, is dominated by Aso Rock, an enormous monolith. It rises up behind the Presidential Complex, which houses the residence and offices of the Nigerian President in the Three Arms Zone on the eastern edge of the city. Nearby are the National Assembly and the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

 

Abuja has a beautiful temperature rating which varies from 20oC to 40oC. Landmarks include the Millennium Tower, the Central Bank of Nigeria headquarters, the Nigerian Presidential Complex, the Ship House, the National Stadium, the National Mosque, the National ChurchAso Rock and Zuma Rock. The city is served by the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport. Abuja is known for being one of the few purpose-built capital cities in Africa, as well as being one of the wealthiest.

 

The serenity of Abuja presents a suitable environment for the brainstorm sessions of the conference. In addition, the CPC, has put together attractive tour packages and other leisure activities for your pleasure. We have also made adequate arrangements to make the event memorable for spouses by upholding the traditional spouses’ events. Surely, Abuja 2017 promises to be a delight that will be relished for a long time to come.

 

 

Welcome. Bienvenu.

 

 

Engr. Chukwuemeka David Arah, FNSE

Chairman, Conference Planning Committee (CPC)