The Annual Congress of the Material Society of Nigeria(NiMaCon 2017 ) Holds in University of Benin

NiMaCon 2017 Holds in University Of Benin

Material science and technology society of Nigeria (MSN) in conjunction with university of Benin, Benin city organized its 16th Annual international conference  Nigerian Material Congress [NIMACON-2017]which held at the New senate Chamber , University of Benin, Benin city ,Edo state with the theme: Challenges of implementing economic diversification: the Role of Engineering material and solid mineral

In attendance at the opening ceremony of the conference were Principal Officers, Provost, Deans, Directors, Top government official, Captain of industries, university administrators, eminent professor, scholar researcher and gentlemen of the press. The international material congress is an annual event which focuses on material resource, conventional and advanced mineral development technologies in Nigeria and it implication on the development of Nigerian economy. The material science and technology society of Nigeria formally came into existence on August 26th 1999. It is a learned and professional body for all those interested in the science, engineering and application of material.

A welcome address was given by Prof. (Mrs) Esther U. Ikhuoria who welcomed all visitors and guest with great pleasure and honor to the University of Benin. She acknowledge the  support of Edo  state Government and also commending the effort of the conference organizing committee members for their work in ensuring that all conference participant were comfortable

The second welcome address was given by Prof A.S. Ahmed, president, material science and technology society of Nigeria (MSN) he said the main objective of the conference is to bring expert researchers on materials science and technology in Nigeria and the rest of the world to interact and exchange ideas on the challenges we faced in the diversification of the national economy through the development of engineering and the solid materials in the country.

MSN organizes an annual Nigerian International Materials Congress (NIMACON) rotational across the various geo-political zones in the country. It enhances the study and practice of material science, engineering and technology, networking opportunities for collaborative research .

It also disseminate to the public knowledge related to advancement in engineering materials and to encourage and coordinate education therein.

The Vice Chancellor of the great university Prof F F.O. Orumwense   was decorated with a medal and a certificate as a member of Materials science and Technology society of Nigeria (MSN)

Prof. Akaehomen Ibhadode was also decorated with a medal and a certificate as a members as MSN

Engineer .Prof. Dauda Dada YuSuf was also decorated with medal and a certificate as a member of MSN

A key note address was given by Engr. (Prof) Azikiwe Peter Onwualu he said he believes that in order to avoid this tragic failure that the organizers of this conference chose the theme and sub-themes of this conference. There is no gainsaying the fact that the health and wealth of every nation is founded on the robustness of its materials science and technology, not on materials alone. Nigeria, as we know is blessed with abundant materials (agricultural resources and mineral) as well as human resources but we also see that we are still battling with the challenges in getting different sectors of the economy to work. This is largely because of our inability to use science and technology to exploit, add value and use these materials gift of nature for production of goods and services for global competitiveness. The organizers of the conference have not only chosen a very appropriate theme: challenges of implementing economic diversification: the role of engineering materials and solid minerals development but have also chosen very appropriate sub-themes. These include: Advanced Materials and Devices; nanotechnology; biomaterials and sustainable materials; materials chemistry, physics and metallurgy; materials in industry and energy; minerals prospecting, processing and utilization and materials in economics. In other words, in the next few days, we should explore how each of these sub-themes can be used for economic diversification. A pertinent question to ask is: Why do we have to diversify. This question can only be answered correctly if we understand the current state of Nigerian economy.

 Finally it is shown that the current situation where Nigeria depends almost fully on oil and gas, in its crude form for revenue generation is unsustainable. The threats to economic existence of the country are real. We propose a diversification based on development of engineering materials and the solid minerals sector. Challenges and obstacles to achieving this include: unsustainable policies including resource rent and over centralization of ownership of resources; poor access to technology and finance; poor regulatory framework and poor access to markets. The major suggestions for overcoming the challenges include: liberalization of the sector; establishment of mineral mining and processing clusters; promotion of access to technology, finance and markets for operators in the sector


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