May 1, 2016


As part of its effort to kick start the construction of the ultra-modern state- of- the art engineering facility at the University campus, Okha, the University Management recently held a consultative meeting with a team of engineers from both the local and international communities. Amongst these were members of the Engineering Ministries International (EMI), Canada.

Welcoming the team, the Vice Chancellor, represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sam Guobadia, stated that the essence of EMI’s visit, is to proffer engineering requirement, advice and assistance to the local engineering team in the area of subterranean infrastructure, WRT, civil and electrical layout.  He noted that the goal of the meeting is for all to be on the same page, adding that Management looks forward to a world-class structure, beginning from phase zero to its finishing stage.


Speaking on behalf of EMI, the project leader, Kevia Weins expressed his appreciation to the University Management for the warm welcome accorded them, while pledging the ministries support to work with the local engineering team as well as application of cutting edge technology in achieving the BIU dream of a world class facility. Meanwhile, the Project leader, Kevia Weins, and his team were taken on a tour of the Campus site at Okha.

Present at the meeting were; the Internal Project Team, Architectural Team, Town Planning Team, Geotechnical Team, External Project Manager and Survey.

At the end of their weeklong tour, the team lead by Kevia Weins, in their preliminary exit report, commended the Management for a well-designed master plan for the Faculty of Engineering, adding that master plans are, however, still subject to revisions. They urged the Management to keep the technology simple, flexible, adaptable and expandable, while stressing the need for the Institution to build a good relationship with the Community as Christian stewards.

In his remarks, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sam Guobadia, appreciated Kevia Weins and his team for their report, adding that the local engineering team will work with the report. A letter of commendation was then presented to the team by the Deputy Vice Chancellor.

Engineering Ministries International is a non-profit Christian organisation mobilizing volunteer professionals who donate their skills and talents to design facilities and infrastructure in the developing world.