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NIME, Kresta Laurel partnership boosts mechanical engineering course

FOR the first time, a career talk initiated by the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers and an engineering firm, Kresta Laurel for Mechanical Engineering students in the various institutions of higher learning in the country was indeed a huge success in terms of impacting knowledge to all and sundry who attended the workshop which took place last week at the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA)House, in Lagos.

Speaking on the theme:"The Role of Engineers in Achieving the Best People Flow in Buildings," the Deputy General Manager (Procurement and Installation),Kresta Laurel Limited,Engr. Oludotun Majekodunmi took time out highlighting the major achievement which the company has recorded within its short time of existence in finding a convenient solution to transportation problem in buildings.

Enlightening the engineering students on the innovative products embarked by Kresta Laurel with regard to Horizontal and Vertical transport system installations in buildings for efficient access by people within and among buildings, he said, the congestion in urban centres whereby high rise buildings tend to be the way out as a result of unavailability of lands to erect structures that will accommodate offices, has made it to become necessary for the installation of devices to perform that role of conveying people which must be efficiently done.

“People flow means transporting people smoothly, safely, comfortably and without waiting in and between buildings. Every day billions of people move within buildings from one place to another. As of the year2005 more than 50 per cent of the global population lived in cities, whereas cities used to spread out in width, they grow upwards thereby creating a multidimensional problem of congestion, safety, security, comfort and of visitor experience due to masses of people travelling to their destinations in and through buildings especially the public ones.”

According to him, at Kresta Laurel, the major services they render to every part of the country in terms of making people have access in and out of their buildings easily is by making sure that fatigue did not set in going by what it means by moving in and out of high rise buildings.

"Since it is vital that people flow into, through and out of the buildings is efficiently controlled, a number of engineering solutions from wide range of innovative products such as elevators, escalators, autowalks, automatic doors, monitoring and access controls are usually employed to meet this need.”

Answering questions from the engineering students on the possibility to manufacture a made in Nigeria elevator (lift) by Kresta Laurel Limited, how feasible it is going to be in the nearest future, Engr. Mjekodunmi came out with this."It is possible to improve in manufacturing being a profit oriented company but if we can see a big market it will be possible to have a pure made in Nigeria lift.”

Allaying the fears raised by a student, Pius Okpara that having a made-in-Nigeria lift may be a herculean task looking at the level of technological development in the country, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Kreasta Laurel,Engr. Dideolu Falobi, who represented the Special Guest of Honour, Otunba Gbenga Daniel said people may be scared having made-in-Nigeria elevators but what matters is the acceptability by Nigerians themselves. Rhetorically he asked:"Why do we need made in Nigeria elevators? The critical volume that is required is very important. Is the market really ready to accept made in Nigeria elevators? I cannot answer clearly whether we would be able to have made-in-Nigeria elevators in 2020.”

Engr. Falobi said the company deemed it necessary in collaboration with the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers to support the engineering students."We commend the division for supporting the students. It entails developing a sense of belonging for the students when finishing their course of studies in school.”

On his part, while advising the students in becoming successful in their various areas of studies in the field of Mechanical Engineering, Engr.Majekodunmi assured of engaging them as industrial trainees or graduate engineers in future."I encourage Mechanical Engineers to work with us. We can assist you as industrial trainees or as graduate engineers.”

Presenting his paper:"Towards Increasing the Global Consciousness and Competitiveness of Nigerian Graduates of Mechanical Engineering," the Chairman Nigerian Mechanical Engineering, Lagos Chapter, Engr. Jubril Adeyemo said the career workshop will go a long way in helping the engineering students make a defining impact in their chosen career in the field of engineering."Kresta Laurel put together this package so as to assist our students' members make informed choices toward career progression in Mechanical Engineering," he added.

Nigeria he said is in dire straits, facing severe constraints in economic development, growth and poverty reduction. These challenges according him are attributed to Nigeria's inability to produce most of what it consumes unlike other developed countries in the world.

Engr. Adeyemo charged the students to devote more time during the course of their studies to draw government attention concerning their welfare and necessary tools in advancement of technology in the country."I call on you students on the need to be more vociferous as a body especially when negative decisions are being taken that have the potential of affecting the industrial prosperity of the country," he added.

Kresta Laurel is a company with distinctive competence and knowledge in the field of vertical and horizontal systems (conveyors) in buildings. It is the exclusive agent of Kone Corporation based in Finland.

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