SPE Distinguished Lecturer and Founding President of the Petroleum & Chemical Engineering Education Society (PCEES), Dr. James Ohioma Arukhe is currently on a US tour to broaden and strengthen his social and professional networks towards his educational charity for African students and schools in the areas of petroleum and chemical engineering.
Dr. James-Ohioma, a Saudi Aramco engineer and the only African on the 2020/21 Distinguished Lecturer Programme of the Society Petroleum Engineers (SPE) worldwide, plans to use his position and privilege to bring global attention to the need to upgrade the standards of petroleum and chemical engineering education in Africa. According to him, for starters, he hopes to get in touch with the management of the Nigeria Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) and other relevant agencies of the Nigerian government to coordinate greater resources for training petroleum and chemical engineering students in Nigerian universities and colleges of technology. He intends to replicate the Nigerian model across entire sub-Saharan Africa in due course.
To the above end, Dr James-Ohioma has established links with renowned Harvard trained Nigerian professor of chemical engineering and the inaugural Vice-Chancellor of Federal University, Otuoke, Professor Bolaji Aluko along with other experienced international development personalities including Ambassador Dr. Wallace Williams, Honorary Consul General for the Caribbean of Antigua & Barbuda to Nigeria and Toyin Dawodu, a real estate magnate in California, USA
Earlier this year in April, Dr. James Ohioma’s educational charity, the Petroleum & Chemical Engineering Education Society (PCEES) donated some specialised engineering books to the Department of Petroleum Engineering of the University of Benin, his alma mater.
Dr. James- Ohioma plans to spend much time on his USA tour with his old schoolmates of the Unity School Agbarho Old Students Association (USAOSA) where he serves as the Vice President-Diaspora. He has already taken out time to meet with Edgar Sido with whom he shared convivial times in his home city of Lakeland Florida See pictures. Tomorrow, the 20th of July, Dr. James -Ohioma will be meeting a large section of members of USAOSA who are in the USA diaspora before returning to his holiday home in Canada.