BIRTH OF THE SOCIETY
The Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers (NSChE) had its early beginnings in 1969 initiated by a group of Nigerian Chemical Engineers who trained abroad and returned to Nigeria to practice. The initial idea was conceived by Engr. Olu Awoyinfa and Engr. Ayo Solanke who were Process Engineers at Lever Brothers Nigeria Limited (now Unilever Nigeria Plc). They discussed the idea with their boss, Engr. Anthony O. Shobo, who gave his blessing. Preliminary meetings were held at the residence of Engr. Shobo and when the place became inadequate, they moved to British Petroleum (BP) House at Broad Street Lagos. (British Petroleum later changed to African Petroleum which has now become Forte Oil Plc).
At the inaugural meeting, the following officers were elected to run the affairs of the new Society:
||Engr. A. O. Shobo
||Engr. A. O. Adeyemo
||Engr. Ayo Solanke
||Engr. Olu Awoyinfa
||Engr. M. B. Yesufu
||Engr. G. B. A. Hamilton
Our Core Values are
Professionalism and Excellence Commitment, Dedication and Loyalty Professional Ethics and Standards Integrity and Accountability Care for Members Welfare Respect for the Rule of Law
On 3rd December 1981, the informal group decided to be registered as a professional body to be known as the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers under the provisions of the Companies Act of 1968.
The affairs of the Society are managed by the National Executive Council and the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors comprises the National President, Deputy National President, Immediate Past President, Executive Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Publicity Secretary and Assistance Publicity Secretary. The Executive Council of the Society comprises the Board of Directors, Past Presidents, Internal Auditors, Chapters’ Chairmen, Council Committees’ Chairmen and Chairmen of Subsidiaries. Among other duties and responsibilities, the Council is responsible to the Society for the direction and control of its affairs in fulfillment of the objectives laid down in the Memorandum, general policy for the conduct of the Society in conformity with the intensions of the members. The Council draws up yearly reports on the state of the Society which are presented at the Annual General Meeting. Contributions to this reports come from Council membership.
The Board is responsible to the Council and acts as an executive body to implement all matters that may be delegated to it by the Council. The Board has responsibility for overseeing the management and administration of the Society’s affairs while the day-to- day management of the National Secretariat is under the charge of the Executive Secretary. The Society has 12 State Chapters spread nationwide in Nigeria while the 13 th Chapter is the NSChE USA Chapter. The Student Chapters so far granted Charter Status by NSChE Council are located in more than 30 tertiary institutions offering Chemical Engineering programme of studies in Nigeria.
Formal merger talks between Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers (NSChE) and Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) started in 1979. At the inaugural meeting, the NSChE was represented by late Engr. D. A. Adeyemo, the then National President and Dr. O. O. Omatete, National Secretary while NSE team was headed by Engr. (Dr.) F. A. Shonubi. Subsequent NSChE Presidents, after Engr. Adeyemo, made various contributions towards the merger effort but not much was achieved until the 1995 AGM when the resolution was taken and the merger proposal was approved.
The merger instrument was eventually signed on 5 th June 1999. The President who signed the merger agreement between NSE and NSChE were Engr. Charles Mbanefo, FNSE, and Engr. Joseph J. Akpieyi, FNSChE respectively. The signing ceremony was preceded by a well-attended dinner at Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Ikeja, Lagos. At that ceremony, Engr. A. O. Shobo, FNSChE was decorated with a broach of the Fellow of NSE on behalf of the Fellows of NSChE. According to the terms of the merger, financial members of NSChE automatically became members of the NSE at corresponding grades in NSChE up to 31/12/98 as cut-off date. Also the terms of the merger allowed NSChE to continue to run its affairs but with the addition of the phrase “A Division of NSE” to its name.