Nigerian engineers have been told to always approach their projects with an entrepreneurial mindset in order to be able to solve the problems facing the nation and provide jobs for a large number of jobless and frustrated youth.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, gave this advice last Monday (June 4, 2018) in his welcome address at the fourth edition of the National Engineering Project Exhibition (EPEX) held at the University Auditorium.

In the address, read on his behalf by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services), Prof. B. F. Sule, Prof. Abdulkareem pointed out that Nigeria and other countries of the world are looking for solutions to their peculiar challenges and engineering projects are key ingredients of those solutions.

At the exhibition hosted by the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, University of Ilorin, the Vice-Chancellor explained that Engineering Project Exhibition is a platform to showcase and demonstrate the best of various innovative engineering projects, undertaken by the undergraduate students in Nigeria.

He added that the program is expected to stimulate the innovative and technical skills among students and to motivate them.

He said, “EPEX offers engineering students opportunities to develop independent critical thinking skills, collaborative working skills, oral and written communication and presentation skills as well as marketing skills, thereby building their confidence. The program is expected to reward the engineering students, and assure them that the society still values excellence.”

According to the Vice-Chancellor, the undergraduate project is considered to be an important part of the engineering education process and one of the major processes of independent research that a student would undertake.

Prof. Abdulkareem further said that “the Engineering Projects improve innovative spirit, make transformation of theory to applications possible, enrich knowledge on renewing technologies, prepare you for career path, remind you of your responsibilities to your society, boost curiosities and love for studies and improve team building and problem-solving skills and many more.”

He commended the leadership of the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, particularly the Dean, Prof D.S. Ogunniyi, for his tireless, continuous efforts at enhancing the growth, development and reasoning skills among the students.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Executive President of the Nigerian Universities Engineering Students' Association (NUESA), University of Ilorin Chapter, Comrade Yusuf Musbaudeen explained that one of the primary objectives of the EPEX, is to bridge the gap between the academia and the industry.

The exhibition, which had about 2000 engineering students in attendance, was graced by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. (Mrs.) N. Y. S. Ijaiya, among other dignitaries and members of staff.