NEWS Engineering Nigeria Limited today, 10th of March 2022 Celebrates Thirty-Nine years of delivering value-based Electrical Engineering Projects in Nigeria.
NEWS Engineering Nigeria Limited was established in 1983 as a domestic Electrical installation company; some 39 years ago.The company has grown into a fully fledged Electrical engineering construction company. The company’s activities span the whole of the power supply industry from high voltage transmission line construction, through substation erection to industrial installations. With a present staff strength of highly qualified and motivated personnel, the company is able to offer a broad range of services to her esteemed clients: from system studies through Engineering design using the latest software to handling complex Engineering construction works and maintenance.
All these years past, as one of Africa’s leading Engineering companies, NEWS Engineering has been able to help her customers to transmit and distribute Electrical power effectively and to increase industrial productivity in a sustainable way. From design through equipment and material selection to final commissioning and handover, quality is strictly monitored to ensure the due compliance with the quality standards of the company which has enabled the Company to deliver several complex works that required the highest levels of expertise and efficiency.
NEWS Engineering Nigeria Limited is a recipient of a plethora of awards over the years, some of which includes the 2021 “Corporate Service Award of Excellence at the “CED Forum Awards”, “Tony Elumelu Nigeria50 Awards and Summit”, “Certificate of Commendation” from the erstwhile Power Holding Company of Nigeria amongst countless others just to name a few.
The mission and part of the long term goals is to continue to provide quality Electrical Construction, Maintenance Service and efficient Energy Solution delivered with passion, expertise, team work and relentless focus on customers satisfaction.With a proven record of delivering quality results on-time, the Company stands out as a choice partner for the coming years.
A delegation from NEWS ENGINEERING NIGERIA LIMITED led by the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer; Lady Josephine Nwaeze today paid a courtesy Visit to the President of Nigeria Society of Engineers, Engr. Tasiu Sa’ad Gidari-Wudil FNSE.
Lady Josephine congratulated the NSE President on his ascension to the peak of the NSE whilst also expressing her pleasure for the honor the company has to be part of his success story. She consequently also didn’t hold back in commending the influence of the NSE President in the successful election of Engr. Oguntala Aina FNSE; first female Vice-president of NSE into office. Amongst the Company’s major reason for the visit is to express her readiness to partner with the NSE in any way for the general advancement of the society.
Drawing his attention particularly to the provision of “Executive Order 5”, which was intended to give Nigerian Companies a more equitable ground in the awards of contracts and execution of contracts, she urged the President to be more intentional about seeing to the efficacy of this particular order which may in turn be part of his legacies in office.
Engr. Tasiu Gidari-Wudil FNSE appreciated the thoughtfulness of the visit, and particularly the thought process that went into the objective of the visit. He eulogized NEWS Engineering Nigeria Limited on her contributions to the industry and her long standing stature as it has become a major player in the Electrical Construction Industry over the years. Addressing the points of discussion, Engr. Gidari-Wudil FNSE assured all that was present and listening that “Executive Order 5” is in motion and will undoubtedly be one of the bane of his tenure in office. He Reiterated that the major problem with “Executive Order 5” has always been the gap on monitoring and implementation. He alluded that there are plans in motions already to meet with relevant authorities that will ensure that Local companies are prioritized, and which will allow NSE member and member companies categorized as “firms” to be in charge of Monitoring and Implementation of Executive Order 5 related policies. In furtherance, the NSE President made mention of plans to bridge the gap between the Academia and Vocational branches of professional practice.
This includes allowing academicians, and lecturers alike to come into Engineering firms such as NEWS Engineering Nigeria Limited and gain practical, hands-on experience which they would in turn take back to the classrooms for optimization and impartation of Knowledge. This he believes will improve the Technical Vocation and Training quality of craftsmen as a whole. In addendum, he encouraged local companies to register with the NSE as “Firms” to make local companies much more eligible for the grand opportunities that are set to become available during his tenure in office. Benefit of which amongst others includes allowing Local Companies to identify needs within communities and rural areas, and allowing these firms registered as companies to solve those problems with funds provided by the NSE as a means of giving back to the society. This will also aid those companies(firms) to write their names in the sands of time as the importance of Engineers in the society can never be over emphasized.The opportunity for local companies to be part of international delegates from the NSE would also be a major advantage in terms of opportunities and exposure.
Thanking NEWS Engineering Nigeria Limited once more, Engr. Tasiu Sa’ad FNSE concluded by emphasizing that the Professionalism and welfare of the NSE members remains his priority.
The Board of Directors of NEWS Engineering Nigeria Limited held her Board of Directors meeting on the 8th of March 2022 at the corporate headquarters of the company in Abuja. The meeting was themed to discuss the extant affairs of the company, progress since the last held meeting, the corporate future of news Engineering Nigeria Limited as well as immediate causes of actions concerning issues raised.
Dr. David Lordaar Who Chaired the meeting in the stead of Lt-Gen. Garuba Duba (Rtd) who was unavoidably absent due to circumstances beyond his control, commended the management and board members for making it possible that the meeting was held.
Presentation of general and financial reports was made by the Managing Director, Lady Josephine Nwaeze which was met With Positive feedback from the board, particularly in light of the obvious economic strain that the country has found itself, as well as the impressive innovative ideas the management has implemented to keep the Company thriving.
Dr. Lordaar Congratulated the company’s management for the resilience and commitments to provide the finest of details in the reports. He went ahead to give compliments to the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Of the company who he remarked has been strong in giving consistent added value to NEWS Engineering Nigeria Limited since the inception of the company.
In Remembrance of the founding Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of NEWS Engineering, Sir C.O Nwaeze, Dr. Lordaar noted the visionary quality the late MD possessed whilst congratulating the management for managing to keep his legacy alive.
Important matters that bordered generally on the future of the company were subsequently discussed and appropriate courses of actions were charted.The meeting has poised the company for an even better phase of efficiency as it continues to thrive and maintain the quality of excellence for which it is known.
NEWS Engineering Nigeria Limited has entered into a “Grant Agreement for Performance Base Grant and Output Based Grant for Mini Grid development and Solar Home Systems Components respectively with the Rural Electrification Agency (REA). This will enable NEWS Engineering Nigeria Limited to build, commission, own and operate the mini grids across various states in Nigeria including Sokoto, Abia and Niger States.These projects are under the auspices of the Nigerian Electrification Project (NEP).
Speaking at the Performance Based Grant and Output Based Grant Agreement Signing Event, the MD/CEO of REA, Engr. Ahmad Salihijo Ahmad addressed all in attendance that “Our objective is to continue to take power and to continue to Electrify communities within Nigeria, and this is done through various ways which includes the various schemes that partners with private sector developers”. He expressed his pleasure at bringing in private sector developers that will enable the REA to reach this objective. He went ahead to congratulate NEWS Engineering Nigeria Limited who was in attendance to sign both the Performance Based Grant and OBF, after successfully going through all the required processes.
Mr. Ahmad subsequently impressed the importance of the agreement, citing that commitment to the cause is important. He noted; “your partnership is very important to ensure that we electrify Nigeria; One community at a time. This comes with a lot of responsibilities as it is more than just signing a document, I want to see results as it is next to impossible to meet our target without people like you (private developers). This is why the Federal Government continues to provide this sort of opportunities to the private sector developers who are critical to the sector.” The REA MD/CEO went on to urge private developers to put in their best in the execution of the Electrification projects especially as it has to do with the Quality of work to be done. He also didn’t hold back in praising Local Developers like NEWS Engineering Nigeria Limited about the standards of project done so far considering the amount of inspection and commissioning events he has been privy to since he assumed office.
Solar Homes Components Head, Lande Abudu in a brief address Congratulated and assured News Engineering of receiving support in a bid to make the execution of the projects a successful one.
A representative of the grantees thanked the REA for the intentional efforts it has put into meeting her Electrification of Nigeria Objective, while also promising that the responsibilities would not he taken for granted as all developers present will duly try as much as possible to meet all deadlines and to deliver all deliverables as expected.
In her closing Remark, the Head; Project Management Unit of REA, Anita Otubu Esq. Stated; “We all have a role to play towards achieving Universal Rural Electrification through the provision of mini grids and solar home systems”. She reiterated the importance of the commitment of all present to the said cause and particularly in the Rural Communities, the most remote places and communities that are not yet connected to the main power grid.
NEWS Engineering Nigeria Limited will do her best to keep up with track record of excellence when it comes to Execution of World class standards projects.
Senator Baba Ahmed, Pro Chancellor of Baze University Abuja, One of the premier Universities in Nigeria paid a visit to NEWS Engineering Nigeria Limited at her headquarters situated in Abuja-Nigeria.
Courteously on hand to welcome the distinguished Senator Baba Ahmed was the managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of NEWS Engineering Nigeria Limited; Lady Josephine Nwaeze alongside some management staff of the company.
Senator Baba Ahmed’s visit was premised on the possibility of securing a partnership with CON INVESTMENT, a subsidiary of NEWS Engineering Nigeria Limited that has ventured into Real Estate development and Investment. This partnership will explore the possibilities of helping to provide and secure accommodation for the students of Baze University and other housing needs of the University.
Appreciating the efforts and vision of the Management of NEWS Engineering Nigeria Limited with obvious elation, the Senator commended the standard and quality of the work and buildings so far.
Subsequently in her short address, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Lady Josephine Nwaeze did not hide her appreciation as she lauded the Baze University Team, Led by Senator Baba Ahmed for deeming NEWS Engineering worthy of such a partnership. She also gave the assurances that the company will not compromise on her objective of always executing projects to meet with world class standards.
Engr. Joseph Makoju has today paid a courtesy visit to News Engineering Nigeria Limited.
The seasoned Engineer is the erstwhile past Managing Director of of Dangote group of companies as well as being a former special adviser to President Olusegun Obasanjo while he was in Power.
He was well received by Lady Josephine Nwaeze in her capacity as the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of NEWS Engineering Nigeria Limited.
As a board member of NEWS Engineering Nigeria Limited, Engr. Makoju boats a wealth of experience only few can match talk more of surpassing. Experiences garnered from both the public and private sectors will no doubt prove to be invaluable as the company seeks to maintain her perch as the number one indigenous Electrical Engineering Construction Company in Nigeria.
The Company has been officially opened today, 10th of January 2022 by the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer; Lady Josephine Nwaeze who addressed the management and staff following the Christmas and New Year breaks.
In an address where she lauded the efforts of Staff despite the several challenges faced in the erstwhile year, she went on to encourage the entire workforce to continue to tread the path of Hard work which has the company at the top of the Electrical construction Industry for almost two decades. She reiterated the need for commitment, passion, dedication and discipline which are the backbones of all successful organizations.
Conclusively, Lady Josephine outlined plans for the year that included promises to continue to provide world class services to clients as well as upholding the tenets of integrity in the management and execution of projects, bearing in mind the long year ahead and the tasks at hand.
NEWS Engineering Nigeria Limited today was recognized and awarded for her contributions to the infrastructural development of the country, most especially in the area of innovative Electrical Engineering Services while also recording successes in Power generation, transmission and distribution. The company’s contribution to Rural Electrification projects has been outstanding, and is being celebrated by the Energy Industry in light of the overwhelming projects delivered.
Receiving the Award on behalf of the Company, The Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director of the Company; Lady Josephine Nwaeze gave the assurance the company will continue to work hard and earnestly to maintain a continued level of Excellence for which the company is being awarded with their being no plans to rest on her laurels.
This has been possible with the considerate and Professional efforts of the Board, Management and Staff of NEWS Engineering Nigeria Limited.
On Tuesday, 24th August, 2021, a new 2x60MVA, 132/33KVA substation was commissioned in Awka, Anambra state by the Vice President. The Commissioning event was also graced by the Anambra State Governor Mr Willie Obiano, Mr Chiedu Ugbo (Managing Director/CEO Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited), Mr Ifeoluwa Oyedele (Executive Director Networks, Niger Delta Power Holding Comapny Ltd) as well Mr Bob Dickerman (Managing Director Enugu Energy Distribution Company) and Engineer Emeka Ezenwanne (Anambra State Commissioner for Public Utilities and Water Resources).
While Speaking at the commissioning, the Vice President remarked that the substation will deliver about 100 Mega Watts of power to the Anambra state capital and its environs. According to him, “The commitment of the administration to ensuring the completion of this Awka NIPP 132KVA grid substation now provides a hitherto unavailable 70MW additional power capacity for driving industrial growth and boosting the economy of the state with positive knock on effect on employment and social-economic upliftment for residents of the state”.
NEWS Engineering’s construction of the substation will increase the spate of Industrialization in the state due to the fact that with improved power supply,, many industries will save cost of self-generation of electricity. This is in tandem with Anambra State Governor, Willie Obianio’s belief that the newly commissioned shoe making factory and cargo airport would be direct beneficiaries of the new substation.
Earlier in his welcome address, Managing Director of NDPHC, Mr Chinedu Ugbo explained that the project is one of the several transmission projects conceived under the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) being implemented by NDPHC as part of the effort of the Federal Government towards improving electricity transmission in the country. He added ” the Substation is provided with six 33kV feeders to enable robust power evacuation to the following hitherto constrained locations of the EEDC Franchise territory of Anambra State, including two premium new locations critical to the Anambra State Government:
“The Awka Township 33/11kV Injection Substation; the Agu Awka 2unit 15MVA 33/11kV Injection Substation serving the nearby Agu Awka Industrial Layout; the Enugu-Ukwu 33/11kV Injection Substation; the Aguleri/Umuleri 33/11kV Injection Substation; the New Anambra Airport; and the New Awka Millennium City.”
Mr Chinedu Ugbo noted that the substation which was designed and subsequently constructed by NEWS Engineering Nigeria Limited with two 60MVA Transformers, to step down power from the transmission grid at 132KV Level to 33KVA distribution level, as well as a vast array of switchgear and instrumentation transformers and allied equipment. The substation control room comes equipped with standard control and protection equipment to provide adequate and safe control of power flow under both normal conditions as well as during automatically sitting operations when faults occur.
The managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of NEWS Engineering Nigeria Limited, Lady Josephine Nwaeze espoused that the company is an indigenous one that doesn’t compromise quality, and that had erstwhile delivered several other world class projects, with the Newly commissioned substation being one of them. She further remarked; “we want to continue to prove that we have it all here in Nigeria with NEWS Engineering Nigeria limited, a company made up of hundred percent Nigerians. NEWS Engineering Nigeria limited is a company that can deliver reliable and good quality projects” thereby encouraging the Government to make more projects available to indigenous companies to grow the economy in the country.