Uyo - Akwa Ibom is to host a global conference of engineers next year.
Etido Inyang, the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee of the conference, told a press conference in Uyo on Sunday that the event, which would hold in December 2016, would also showcase the state’s potential to the outside world.
Inyang, who is also the state’s Commissioner for Special Duties, said that the conference would, among other things, discuss the future of the engineering profession.
He said that the event would also be an avenue for emerging engineers from the area to rub minds with veterans and those who had made their mark in the profession.
"All the engineers all over the world will converge on Uyo in December 2016 for this conference.
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"Everybody is so particular about Akwa Ibom because of our infrastructure development, the speed at which it was done and it is still ongoing.
"They want to come and learn, while discussing the future of the engineering profession.
"We, as the LOC, have put our acts together to ensure a hitch-free organisation of the conference," he said.
Inyang said that apart from the benefits which the state would derive from hosting the conference, the participants would also be exposed to the state’s development patterns.
On the activities lined up for the conference, Inyang said that the forthcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Nigerian Society of Engineers in Akure would determine the specific programmes.
"Next week, the AGM will hold in Akure and so, it is important that we observe the meeting in Akure to get acquainted with the specifics; from them and from there, we start planning," he said.