•••Says Fellowship Conferment secretly planned
The South-South Engineers Forum, a coalition of members of The Nigerian Society of Engineers of the South-South geopolitical zone, has urged the Secretary to the Government of Akwa Ibom State (SSG), Engr Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, to disassociate himself from the planned conferment of
Fellowship of The Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE) on him, by Engr Adekunle Mokuolu.
Recall that the Engr Adekunle Mokuolu faction of FNSE had earlier visited Dr Ekuwem and has purportedly concluded plans for a fellowship conferment on the SSG, at an event holding on Saturday, 9th November, 2019, at 4.00pm in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State Capital.
But the South-South Engineers Forum, in a statement issued at the end of its emergency meeting on Friday, November 8, 2019 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, said the planned ceremony was shrouded in secrecy, without the participation of members of the College of Fellows in Akwa Ibom State.
The forum in the statement signed by Engr Prof. Howells Hart, FNSE, further said Engr. Mokuolu’s secret visit with his entourage to Akwa Ibom State to confer Fellowship on the SSG is not known to any of the branches of the professional body in Akwa Ibom State.
It revealed that Engr Uduak Essien who is serving as the Chairman of the Planning Committee of the secret “investiture” ceremony had since September 27, 2019, been suspended as the Chairman of The Nigerian Society of Engineers, Ikot Ekpene Branch, for gross misconduct bothering on embezzlement of funds belonging to The Nigerian Society of Engineers, Ikot Ekpene Branch.
The group also advised Akwa Ibom State Government and the General Public to dissociate themselves from the ceremony which it said coincides with an earlier scheduled meeting of the South-South Engineers Forum in Port Harcourt.