BRIEF HISTORY OF THE NIGERIAN INSTITUTION OF POWER ENGINEERS (NIPE)
The Nigerian Institution of Power Engineers (NIPE) was approved by the Council of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) on the 12th of May, 2016 as the 23rd specialized Institution. NIPE as a Specialist Institution has the onerous MANDATE to professionally drive the Nigerian Power Industry through the articulation and synthesis of the knowledge of ALL Power Engineers undertaken through Technical interactions on Power Engineering & Management challenges sessions as part of the institution’s efforts towards the realization of the “Nigerian Power Project.”
In 2009, seven years before the affiliation with the NSE and formal admittance as a Division, the Institution was just a group Electric Power Engineering professionals desirous to ensuring that Engineers drive the management of all Government Power establishments or MDAs. The efforts at the initial stage was to have a chapter of the NSE dedicated to the electric power issues at the then Headquarters of PHCN but the result was the inauguration of the NSE Maitama Branch in 2010. By 2016 however, the move has matured enough to become a full-fledged institution and thus seek affiliation with the NSE which was granted in May 2016.
Following the Council approval, the then Protem Executive Committee went to work on sensitization and membership drive throughout the country, bearing in mind that the Power Industry is presently the single largest employer of Engineers in Nigeria without a disputation. The Institution has over Fifty (50) natural stakeholders to engage with in Nigeria alone.
As at today, the Institution has established membership presence in more than Forty – One location or Chapters across the length and breadth of the Nigerian federation. These are Abuja, Egbin, Minna (+Shiroro), New Bussa (Kainji/Jebba), Sapele, Ibadan, Osogbo, Ilorin, Ajaokuta, Ikeja, Ikot Abasi, Uyo, Calabar, Kaduna, Kano, Port Harcourt, Akure, Sokoto, Jos, Enugu, Kebbi, Katsina, Maiduguri, Yola, Makurdi, Onitsha, Asaba, Ughelli, Orlu, Owerri, Warri, Aba, Gombe, Zaria, Lafia, Ado Ekiti, etc. Five of these Chapters have been formally inaugurated while the remaining are undergoing the formalities of being inaugurated.
The Institution has begun the new drive to mentoring the upcoming generation through the establishment of Student Unit or Cell. These Cells are Mini-Chapters domesticated at every University in Nigeria as a way of creating industry academia platform for University Lecturers and their students with industry prevailing information to enhance their skills.
The Nigerian Power Industry is a multi-disciplinary engineering institution. The industry have an engineering practicing membership strength of over Twenty Thousand (20,000) cutting across several engineering disciplines (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Geotechnical, Chemical, Cost Engineering, etc) and of all grades (Fellows, Member, Corporate Firms & Associates). Members of the Institution (NIPE) are residents at all Towns & Cities across Nigeria. For better appreciation of the geographical spread of the Members of this Institution and their abode of engagement, the existing Power Distribution Companies, Power Generation Companies, Transmission Company of Nigeria, Power consulting, Contracting, Regulating, Manufacturing (Meters, Cables, Transformers, etc) and Marketing organisations are part of this institution.
MAJOR ACTIVITIES & ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE INSTITUTION
Between 12th May, 2016 and now, the Institution has undertaken numerous activities chief among which are the following:
- Participated in the NSE National Stakeholder Workshop on Nigerian Content in the Power sector at Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. November, 2016
- Participated in the NASS organized Stakeholders National Interactive Dialogue/Workshop on the Nigerian Power Sector termed “The Nigerian Power Challenge: A Legislative Intervention”. February, 2017.
- Monthly Power Industry Policy reviews & dialogue session organized by NEXTIER POWER, a Power investment and advisory services firm, where stakeholders converge to brainstorm and articulate expertise advice.
- NIPE website and social media platforms: The institution has a vibrant website (nipe.org.ng) to showcase its numerous activities and hopes to drive stakeholders in the Power sector towards same. We have also opened social media outreach platforms where members presently cross fertilize on technical ideas, information, politics, management and mentorship of Young Engineers in the Power sector. The Institution can be reached on whatsapp, telegram apps, firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com.
- Nigerian Electric Power Industry Content Development Act (Proposed Bill for an Act 2019), Etc: The Institution’s EXCOs have worked with some of its key erudite members to complete the review of a Proposed Nigerian Content Act so as to domesticate same into the Power Sector. The work on this new document has been completed and is undergoing fine-tuning, Stakeholders engagement and submission to the National Assembly. The Institution is also working on several other documents with the intent to the domestication of codes & standards on all power equipment and apparatus. Some of these documents are:
- Review of the EPSR Act 2005 to remove observed abnormalities and conflicts to industry growth.
- Review of the NESI Document, etc
- The Institution held a National Power Stakeholder Workshop. The event held on the 16th of November, 2017 at the National Engineering Centre, Abuja, Nigeria. It was a huge success as all the critical stakeholders in the industry including representatives from the National Assembly were in attendance.
- The Institution is collaborating and partnering with other international Power professional institutions across the world in her bid to get her Member to be internationally recognize as Power Experts through technical exchange programmes and workshops. Some of these institutions are the IEEE Nigerian Section (Power & Energy Society), Institute of Power Engineers (IPE), Canada, etc
- The Institution, as part of its effort to mobilize and entrench itself into the Nigerian fabric has undertaken countless advocacy visits to some of the major stakeholders in the industry to seek their commitment and TRUST on Engineering Professionals for a sustainable Power industry. Chief among these visits were to the Honourable Minister for Power, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Power; MD/CEO & CEIF of NEMSA and its Management, MD/CEO of REA its Management, MD/CEO of NDPHC and Management, MD/CEO of AEDC and Management, MD/CEO of TCN and Management, Chairman/CEO of NERC and Management, EVC/CEO of NASENI and Management among others,
- The Institution has held its Maiden International Power Engineering Exhibition and Conference tagged “IPECON 2018”. The event held between the 16th and 20th of September, 2018 at Abuja, Nigeria. It promises to be an annual GATHERING of all Power engineering professionals and Practitioners across Nigeria and the globe. The Second Edition of the event is also held between the 15th and 18th of July, 2019 and the Third Edition is scheduled for June 2020.
- The Institution has formally applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for registration as a corporate entity and presently awaiting its certification
- The Institution is collaborating with the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) in her bid to keeping abreast with the available Codes and Standards documents as they relates to Electric Power materials, Apparatus and Equipment.
ENGR. ISRAEL E. ABRAHAM, MNSE MIEEE MNIM FCAI FNIPE MBA