Director, Engineering Hydrology

Engr Clement Onyeaso Nze

[BEng, MEng, MNSE, MIAHS, MNAH]

 

Educational Background

Engr Clement Onyeaso Nze started his educational journey at Nneato Central School, Nneato, Umunneochi LGA, Abia State, in 1969. He obtained his First School Leaving Certificate in June 1974. In September of the same year, Engr Nze proceeded to Boys’ High School, Ihube-Okigwe, Imo State, where he obtained his West African School Certificate (WASC) result, graduating in Division One in June1979. Again, in September 1979, Engr Nze proceeded to the prestigious University of Nigeria, Nsukka, to pursue a course in Civil Engineering, graduating in 1984 with a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree. He later obtained a Masters degree (MEng) in Water Resources & Environmental Engineering also from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Engr Nze is currently pursuing a PhD program in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering in the same University. Under the auspices of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna, Austria, he was trained in Groundwater Hydrology at the Institute of Hydrology, National Research Centre for Environment and Health, Neuherberg, Germany.

In terms of work experience, Engr Clement Nze has over 33 years of professional work experience, with over 24 years spent in the water resources and environment sectors. Engr Nze’s work experience traversed through the length and breadth of Civil Engineering: Highway/Transportation Engineering, Water and Wastewater Engineering, Civil/Structural Engineering, Building Constructions, etc. He is a Registered Engineer (RE) with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), and a Member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (MNSE). He equally belongs to such other professional bodies like the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (MIAHS), Nigerian Association of Hydrological Sciences (MNAHS) and Nigerian Association of Hydrogeologists (MNAH) amongst others.

Career Progression in the Public Service

Engr Clement Nze began his career progression in the Public Service when he was employed in the erstwhile Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources as a Senior Hydrologist/Hydrogeologist in August 1993. Through thick and thin, he grew through the ranks and got promoted to the position of Deputy Director (Hydrology & Hydrogeology), GL 16, in the Federal Ministry of Water Resources before transferring his service to the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources. Engr Nze is currently the Director in charge of Engineering Hydrology Department in the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA).

As the Head of the Department of Engineering Hydrology, Engr Nze plans and coordinates, amongst others, the following programmes and activities within the mandate of the Department, in addition to administrative assignments:

  • National Hydrometric Network Design and Construction
  • Maintenance of Hydrological stations and installations
  • River Discharge Measurement and Rating Curve Generation
  • Fabrication and Calibration of hydrological equipment
  • Establishment and instrumentation of telemetric stations
  • Procurement and Assessment of Hydrological instruments
  • River Engineering (Channel Hydraulics Studies for Improved Conveyance)
  • Hydro-graphic Surveys
  • Flood Plain Investigations and Mapping

Major Career Achievements

Engr Clement Onyeaso Nze has traversed the country, taking active part in repositioning the hydrological network of the country. A number of automated hydrological stations equipped with the tele-metric Data Collection Platforms (DCPs) have been established nationwide under his close supervision. A number of hydrological stations equipped with manual staff gauges have also been established across the country.

Engr Nze is currently the National Project Coordinator for the Niger Basin Authority’s Niger-HYCOS IWRM2 Project in Nigeria. Under this Project, he coordinates and monitors hydrological activities within the Nigerian portion of the Basin using the automatic Data Collection Platforms (DCPs) that receive and transmit hydrological data tele-metrically from these DCPs with the aid of satellites. The NBA, with headquarters in Niamey, Niger Republic, is a regional co-operation body of nine member-countries in the West and Central Africa, namely: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Tchad. The NBA is responsible for the mutual use, development and management of the River Niger System (which includes River Benue) for socio-economic development of the region. The Phase II of the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM2) Project of the Niger Basin Authority (NBA)/Niger-HYCOS has the overall aim of boosting the operational hydrology in the NBA member countries towards achieving socio-economic development.

Special Tasks and National Assignments Undertaken by Engr Clement Nze

  • National Project Coordinator, Niger Basin Authority (NBA) Niger-HYCOS IWRM2 Project & Member of Nigeria’s Technical Committee of Experts (TCE) on Water Resources for NBA activities.
  • Specialist Hydrologist/Surface Water Expert on the Presidential Inter-Ministerial Implementation Committee for the multi-billion Naira Gurara Phase II Hydropower Project, expected to generate about 300MW;
  • Specialist Hydrologist/Surface Water Expert on the Change Management Committee (CMC) for the multi-million dollar World Bank-assisted Transforming Irrigation Management in Nigeria (TRIMING) Project. The Project is for the Study, Design and Rehabilitation/Expansion of major Dams & Irrigation schemes in the Northwest and part of the Northeast Zones of the country. This is an ambitious project aimed at revamping the agricultural sector through year-round irrigated farming. Over 40,000ha of irrigable land, with over 140,000 farmers and 1,065,000 direct beneficiaries, are targeted by this Project.
  • Member, Nigeria’s Permanent Technical Committee of Experts (TCE) on Water Resources on the Nigeria-Niger Joint Commission for Cooperation (NNJC-C). This Technical Committee of Experts addresses the equitable use of the common water resources of both Nigeria and Niger;
  • Member, Nigeria’s Permanent Technical Committee of Experts (TCE) on Water Resources on the Nigeria-South Korea Joint Commission for Cooperation;
  • Member, Nigeria’s Permanent Technical Committee of Experts (TCE) on Water Resources on the Nigeria-North Korea Joint Commission for Cooperation;
  • Member, Nigeria’s Permanent Technical Committee of Experts (TCE) on Water Resources on the Nigeria-Cameroun Joint Commission for Cooperation. This Technical Committee of Experts addresses the equitable use of the common water resources of both Nigeria and Cameroon, especially with regards to the transboundary River Benue and the impact of Cameroon’s Lagdo Dam on Nigeria;
  • Member, Nigeria’s Technical Committee of Experts (TCE) on Project to Construct a Bridge over the Mayo Tiel River from Belel, Adamawa State, Nigeria to Demsa in Cameroon and Related Infrastructure along the Jabbi Lamba-Garoua Corridor. The entire project is aimed at developing and improving movement conditions between the Republic of Cameroon and the Federal Republic of Nigeria, thereby intensifying the free movement of persons and goods between both States, facilitate and promote trade and ensure the safe crossing of the river for people and goods;
  • Member, Nigeria’s Permanent Technical Committee of Experts (TCE) on Water Resources on the Nigeria-Benin Joint Commission for Cooperation. This Technical Committee of Experts addresses the equitable use of the common water resources of both Nigeria and Benin Republic;
  • Member of the Panel of Experts for Review of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) Report of the Second Niger Bridge Project Linking Anambra and Delta States by Public Private Partnership (PPP);
  • Member, Technical Committee for the Development of Code of Practice for Urban Storm Drainage Infrastructures Construction in Nigeria;

Work Experience before Joining Federal Service:

Before joining the Federal Service in 1993, Engr Nze had worked for nine (9) years in various capacities in many engineering construction firms in Lagos, Abeokuta and Abuja. These included: Norman Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd., Abuja; Cosmos Engineering Nig. Ltd., Abuja; Deep Engineering Ltd, Abuja; D.C. Ejebi & Co. Ltd, Lagos; Cee Bag Ltd, Lagos, etc.

As a Youth Corps (NYSC) member in 1984/1985 with the Lagos State Ministry of Works & Transport, Alausa, Ikeja-Lagos, Engr Nze was the Assistant Resident Engineer that supervised construction of roads and drainage systems at the Ojota/Ogudu GRA Road Project. He equally supervised Strabag Nig. Ltd in the rehabilitation/re-surfacing of Adeniyi Jones Avenue, Ikeja.

Short Courses Attended Engr. Clement Nze has attended many professional, management and administrative courses within and outside the country.

  • Engr. Nze is happily married with three children.