Tuesday, January 8, 2019

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On Thursday,December 13, the capacity hall of Afe Babalola Auditorium at University of Lagos was filled to the brim with some of the finest professionals and veteran engineers in Nigeria, as they gathered to honour one of Nigeria’s finest power Engineers.
Chaired by former Group Managing Director, NNPC, Engr Funsho Kupolokun, FNSE, FAEng, the event officially unveiled the Foluseke Abidemi Somolu Foundation to the general public as a way of immortalizing the late Engr Foluseke Abidemi Somolu, who died three years ago. He spent his entire career in services of Nigeria Power Sector, and left legacies behind for generations to come.
The event, anchored by Engr Mrs Christy Adelowo, FNSE supported by Engr Akintayo Akintola, FNSE started with the introduction of dignitaries and Board of Trustees before the Chairman of the occasion, Engr Funsho Kupolokun address the audience.
Engr Funsho Kupolokun, former GMD, NNPC, in his address  used the opportunity to recall the traits and extra-ordinary acts of the late icon, Seke (as he was fondly called) during his life time. He paid tribute to late engineer, with whom he had more than just professional relationship but also personal relationship spanning almost 50 years.
According to him, “Engr Somolu was a man of outstanding integrity and incorruptibility. A man of courage and conviction who was ready to speak truth to power irrespective of the circumstances or personal risks. “
Engr Somolu was unfriendly with trivialities; always taking his assignments serious, and will refuse to cut corner no matter the circumstances. He was an unusually patriotic Nigerian who sacrificed his comfort for upliftment of people in need, while promoting excellence in others regardless of tribal or political inclination.
“Engr Somolu is easily remembered by all whom he  mentored as a brilliant, hardworking  and meticulous professional electrical engineer. He was resourceful and well researched in his eloquent presentations, outstanding writings and numerous publications.” He said.
Various personalities and industry veterans and family members took turn to recall the impact and influence of late Engr Somolu in a moving narratives that further justify why a foundation is created to embody his best qualities.
Engr Somolu was an unusually patriotic Nigerian who sacrificed his comfort for upliftment of people in need, while promoting excellence in others regardless of tribal or political inclination
The GMD, Sahara Power group, Mr. Kola Adesina, was on hand to launch the Foundation which is named Foluseke Abidemi Somolu Foundation. He praised the character of late Somolu who also served as senior Special Assistant on Power to two Presidents of Federal Republic of Nigeria and frowned at  the politicization of power sector in Nigeria. He expressed dissatisfaction with the situation where Nigeria struggle to produce power around 4000MW despite the capabilities of Nigerian engineers. He Urged the Engineers to participate in political process and take their place in the power sector policy in the interest of Nigeria’s economic growth.
Prof.  James Momoh , Executive Chairman/CEO, The Nigerian Electricity  Regulatory Commission supporting the Foundation and later presenting Paper on “ The Nigerian Power Supply Question: Challenges and Solutions.” Where he dug into journey so far by the Nigerian Power Sector, through the eyes of the Commission as well as recommended ways forward.
Earlier, the wife of late Somolu, an accomplished engineer of repute, a Fellow of NSE and NAE, who is also the Chair of the Foundation Board of Trustee, had shared her last moment with the late Somolu. Noting that Nigeria lost someone who had the will and know-how to rectify the perennial power challenges. Engr Somolu’s grasp of knowledge and every detail of Nigeria’s power sector is astounding.
Engineers should participate in political process and take their place in the power sector policy in the interest of Nigeria’s economic growth.
The event attracted host of engineering veterans, industry practitioners, academic community, different generations of engineers in attendance including the up and coming. It was a great opportunity for reminiscence as various speakers recall the professional interaction and impact made by late Somolu. The daughter of late engineer, Mrs Oreoluwa Lesi, Executive Director, W-Tech rounded off the event by presenting Vote of Thanks on behalf of the family.
Some of the Personalities that graced the event include past and present Presidents of NSE Engr. Adekunle Mokuolu, (Current President NSE)  Engr Dr Segun Ajayi (Past President NSE) and Engr Olorunfemi Ademola, (Past President NSE),  Engr Dr. Oluji, Engr Ayo Fanimokun, High Chief Engr Akintunde Zedomi, Engr Dr. Wilson Ali, Engr Titi Omo-Ettu, Chairman, Digital Bridge Institute, Prof. R. I. Salawu, Past President of Academy of Engineering, Engr Margaret Oguntala, Dr. Oye Eribake, Prof. Frank Okafor, and hosts of others.
FAS Foundation is a registered Not for Profit Organisation in Nigeria which envisioned as a way of ensuring that the goals for wish Engr Somolu worked so relentlessly throughout his life will be achieved and surpassed . Among its objectives are: To support the education, teaching and research in the Nigerian electrical and power engineering (generation, transmission, and distributions) sectors, to promote and celebrate excellence in power engineering professional services, to promote the adoption and advancement of technology in Nigeria and to support the upcoming generations of engineering students and aspiring power engineers to distinguish themselves in theory and practice.
The FAS Foundation Board of trustees are Dr. (Mrs.) Olatokunbo Somolu, FNSE, FAEng, (Chair), Engr Reuben Okeke FNSE, Engr Emmanuel Akinwole, FNSE ( Honorary Secretary), Engr Otis Anyaeji FNSE, FAEng, Prof. Segun Aderibigbe, FNSE, FAEng, Mr. Kola Adeshina, Mrs Oreoluwa Lesi, and Mr Seke Somolu.
For donations to support the realisation of the foundation objectives ,kindly pay to, “Foluseke Abidemi Somolu Foundation, UBA Account Number :1021598507. Kindly forward evidence and receipt copy to emma.akweng@gmail.com for proper acknowledgment.

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Monday, January 7, 2019


On Thursday,December 13, the capacity hall of Afe Babalola Auditorium at University of Lagos was filled to the brim with some of the finest professionals and veteran engineers in Nigeria, as they gathered to honour one of Nigeria’s finest power Engineers.
Chaired by former Group Managing Director, NNPC, Engr Funsho Kupolokun, FNSE, FAEng, the event officially unveiled the Foluseke Abidemi Somolu Foundation to the general public as a way of immortalizing the late Engr Foluseke Abidemi Somolu, who died three years ago. He spent his entire career in services of Nigeria Power Sector, and left legacies behind for generations to come.
The event, anchored by Engr Mrs Christy Adelowo, FNSE supported by Engr Akintayo Akintola, FNSE started with the introduction of dignitaries and Board of Trustees before the Chairman of the occasion, Engr Funsho Kupolokun address the audience.
Engr Funsho Kupolokun, former GMD, NNPC, in his address  used the opportunity to recall the traits and extra-ordinary acts of the late icon, Seke (as he was fondly called) during his life time. He paid tribute to late engineer, with whom he had more than just professional relationship but also personal relationship spanning almost 50 years.
According to him, “Engr Somolu was a man of outstanding integrity and incorruptibility. A man of courage and conviction who was ready to speak truth to power irrespective of the circumstances or personal risks. “
Engr Somolu was unfriendly with trivialities; always taking his assignments serious, and will refuse to cut corner no matter the circumstances. He was an unusually patriotic Nigerian who sacrificed his comfort for upliftment of people in need, while promoting excellence in others regardless of tribal or political inclination.
“Engr Somolu is easily remembered by all whom he  mentored as a brilliant, hardworking  and meticulous professional electrical engineer. He was resourceful and well researched in his eloquent presentations, outstanding writings and numerous publications.” He said.
Various personalities and industry veterans and family members took turn to recall the impact and influence of late Engr Somolu in a moving narratives that further justify why a foundation is created to embody his best qualities.
Engr Somolu was an unusually patriotic Nigerian who sacrificed his comfort for upliftment of people in need, while promoting excellence in others regardless of tribal or political inclination
The GMD, Sahara Power group, Mr. Kola Adesina, was on hand to launch the Foundation which is named Foluseke Abidemi Somolu Foundation. He praised the character of late Somolu who also served as senior Special Assistant on Power to two Presidents of Federal Republic of Nigeria and frowned at  the politicization of power sector in Nigeria. He expressed dissatisfaction with the situation where Nigeria struggle to produce power around 4000MW despite the capabilities of Nigerian engineers. He Urged the Engineers to participate in political process and take their place in the power sector policy in the interest of Nigeria’s economic growth.
Prof.  James Momoh , Executive Chairman/CEO, The Nigerian Electricity  Regulatory Commission supporting the Foundation and later presenting Paper on “ The Nigerian Power Supply Question: Challenges and Solutions.” Where he dug into journey so far by the Nigerian Power Sector, through the eyes of the Commission as well as recommended ways forward.
Earlier, the wife of late Somolu, an accomplished engineer of repute, a Fellow of NSE and NAE, who is also the Chair of the Foundation Board of Trustee, had shared her last moment with the late Somolu. Noting that Nigeria lost someone who had the will and know-how to rectify the perennial power challenges. Engr Somolu’s grasp of knowledge and every detail of Nigeria’s power sector is astounding.
Engineers should participate in political process and take their place in the power sector policy in the interest of Nigeria’s economic growth.
The event attracted host of engineering veterans, industry practitioners, academic community, different generations of engineers in attendance including the up and coming. It was a great opportunity for reminiscence as various speakers recall the professional interaction and impact made by late Somolu. The daughter of late engineer, Mrs Oreoluwa Lesi, Executive Director, W-Tech rounded off the event by presenting Vote of Thanks on behalf of the family.
Some of the Personalities that graced the event include past and present Presidents of NSE Engr. Adekunle Mokuolu, (Current President NSE)  Engr Dr Segun Ajayi (Past President NSE) and Engr Olorunfemi Ademola, (Past President NSE),  Engr Dr. Oluji, Engr Ayo Fanimokun, High Chief Engr Akintunde Zedomi, Engr Dr. Wilson Ali, Engr Titi Omo-Ettu, Chairman, Digital Bridge Institute, Prof. R. I. Salawu, Past President of Academy of Engineering, Engr Margaret Oguntala, Dr. Oye Eribake, Prof. Frank Okafor, and hosts of others.
FAS Foundation is a registered Not for Profit Organisation in Nigeria which envisioned as a way of ensuring that the goals for wish Engr Somolu worked so relentlessly throughout his life will be achieved and surpassed . Among its objectives are: To support the education, teaching and research in the Nigerian electrical and power engineering (generation, transmission, and distributions) sectors, to promote and celebrate excellence in power engineering professional services, to promote the adoption and advancement of technology in Nigeria and to support the upcoming generations of engineering students and aspiring power engineers to distinguish themselves in theory and practice.
The FAS Foundation Board of trustees are Dr. (Mrs.) Olatokunbo Somolu, FNSE, FAEng, (Chair), Engr Reuben Okeke FNSE, Engr Emmanuel Akinwole, FNSE ( Honorary Secretary), Engr Otis Anyaeji FNSE, FAEng, Prof. Segun Aderibigbe, FNSE, FAEng, Mr. Kola Adeshina, Mrs Oreoluwa Lesi, and Mr Seke Somolu.
For donations to support the realisation of the foundation objectives ,kindly pay to, “Foluseke Abidemi Somolu Foundation, UBA Account Number :1021598507. Kindly forward evidence and receipt copy to emma.akweng@gmail.com for proper acknowledgment.

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Saturday, January 5, 2019


The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, CON, FCA has sworn in a new Head of Service in the State Civil Service, Engr. Isiaka Olanrewaju Bisiriyu, FNSE as the 17th Head of Service in Ogun State. This makes him the first Engineer to be appointed as HoS in Ogun State.
Governor Amosun while swearing in the new Head of Service at the Exco Chamber of Governor’s Office today 3rd January, 2019 in Abeokuta made it known that the elevation calls for more work as much will be expected of him to become open and familiarise himself with the workings of the Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
The number one citizen in the state, who posited that any government desirous of its success must ensure that the Civil Service is well positioned, noted that his administration’s success is largely dependent on the Civil Servants.
He revealed that the administration is coming up with innovations where Private sector will be involved in the process of governance, promising that they will benefit from it as they embrace the innovation. The Governor appreciated the people that have in one or the other complemented the efforts of his administration.
Dignitaries at the event included the President of Nigerian Society of Engineers, Engr. Adekunle Mokuolu, FNSE who was ably represented at the swearing in ceremony by Engr. M.O. Odesanya, FNSE, Ogun State Government Excos, Retired Ogun State Heads of Service, Ogun State Permanent Secretaries, the Abeokuta branch Chairman of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Engr. Dr. O.A.Apampa, FNSE, General Manager Ogun State Water Corporation, Engr. Mrs. M. Agboola, FNSE, Vice Chairman Engr. Dr.K.A.Olonade, NIMechE Abeokuta Chapter Chairman Engr.Dr. A.I.Musa, General Secretary, Engr. Olumayowa Idowu, Immediate Past Chairman Engr. M
I. Abbass, FNSE, Engr. Kunle Adeotan, PS Ministry of Housing, Engr. Abiodun, PS Min of Commerce Engr. O.J
Onajobi among others.
PROFILE OF ENGR. ISIAKA OLANREWAJU BISIRIYU, FNSE, FNIMechE
Engr. I. O. Bisiriyu, a committed and practicing professional is a Fellow of Nigeria Society of Engineers, Registered Engineer with COREN and a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Management as well as past Chairman of the South West Zone and Council member of the Institute. He has attended several technical and management Conferences, Workshops, Trainings and Seminars at home and abroad.
Engr. Bisiriyu has gained vast experience as a result of exposure to different work environments in Ogun State Civil Service, he served as Director of Rural Development and Ministry of Special Duties respectively from August 1999 to July 2007.
When the Ministry of Water Resources and Rural Development was created in 2007, he pioneered the Power Generation and Distribution Department as the Director in charge of power generation and rural electrification activities of the Ogun State Government.
He was the Secretary of the first State Energy Council in Ogun State which had the State Governor as its Chairman between August 2008 and May 2011.
As a Senior Mechanical Engineer at the Ogun State Water Corporation, he was involved in the design, procurement and installation of treatment plants for major and minor water supply schemes. He also supervised the installation of mechanical and treatment plants at Yemoji Water Supply Schemes in Ijebu-Ode, Papalanto/Ifo Akinside and Ota New Water Supply Schemes. He later became the Area Engineer/Manager for Abeokuta Area Office, managing the activities of over 20 Water Supply Schemes and rose to the post of Head of Engineering (Mechanical/Electrical) with Ogun State Water Corporation.
He reached the pinnacle of his career when he was appointed as a Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Special Duties on the 6th January, 2012 by His Excellency, the Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, CON FCA. He later served in the same capacity at the Agriculture Ministry between 2013 and 2015 and in the Ministry of Forestry between 2015 and 2016 and then appointed as the Clerk of the Ogun State House of Assembly on 15th October, 2016.

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Future generations will judge us for not taking the necessary precautions to offset the effects of climate change on our world. The blame will inevitably involve our reticence to cut down on fossil fuels. In reality, however, the task is massive and will rely on science, technology, engineering and government all committing to solving the problem.

Mark Lynas, a British journalist and environmentalist, has been issuing warnings since 2007. He explains what will happen to the world if the earth continues to warm, Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet.

In one chapter he writes about the Palmer Drought Severity Index — a computerized forecast run by the Hadley Centre at Britain's Meteorological Office. This computer model calculates the likelihood of drought in the century to come. In 2007 he wrote the following:

"The results were deeply troubling. The incidence of moderate drought doubled by 2100 — but worst of all, the figure for extreme drought (currently 3 percent of the planet's land surface) rose to 30 percent. In essence, a third of the land surface of the globe would be largely devoid of fresh water and therefore no longer habitable to humans."


This prediction is based on global warming of higher than one degree. And according to a recent study published in the Nature Journal, the Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) believes that by 2100 the temperature will rise by 2 to 4.9 degrees Celsius.

Adrian Raftery, the author of the study, said:

"The likely range of global temperature increase is 2.0-4.9 (degrees Celsius) and our median forecast is 3.2 Celsius. Our model is based on data which already show the effect of existing emission mitigation policies. Achieving the goal of less than 1.5 C warming will require carbon intensity to decline much faster than in the recent past."

Importance of education and teamwork

Experts believe that if engineering disciplines come together to figure out a path forward, the looming water and energy crises can be solved. However, with universities still catering to individual subjects, a shake-up in education needs to occur.

This, according to a study entitled, Adapting to Engineering Education Vision 2020, published by the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute.

The authors say that in many countries universities have pursued curricula that teach students ‘soft skills' instead of the ‘professional skills' required for engineers. And yet the world needs competent engineers if they are to solve existing and growing crises.

Technological advancement is making it easier for humans to solve the world's most pressing issues. With the right education people will be well placed to manipulate these new technologies to create positive outcomes.

The authors of the report write:

“It is not possible without putting the emerging bio, nano, and info technologies together in power and energy research laboratories under interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary approaches. Electrical engineers badly need the supportive hand of energy scientists and technologies to overcome global power, energy, food, and water crises. Engineers and scientists often find it difficult to tolerate each other and usually end up with duplicate resources without presentable output which requires motivation to develop teamwork spirit to succeed.”

The authors believe students who have an affinity for energy in chemistry subjects will eventually work in new fuel cells or solar cells. This would provide a great opportunity for engineers and scientists to work together. They say that scientists and engineers are stuck in ‘discipline defense politics' and are squandering this chance to collaborate.

Interdisciplinary curricula within degree programs are helping to equip students to tackle current world problems. The authors of the study point out that an updated engineering curriculum might see the following modules present in the coursework: renewable energy, molecular electronics, polymer solar cells, solar paints, and photochemistry.

The authors conclude:

“Future energy supply to society is a big challenge that individual disciplines cannot harness alone without developing a spirit of interdisciplinary research and development. Keeping in view world energy sources and global power needs, we must readjust our energy wasting attitudes and prepare our generation to cope with future power and energy crisis.”


Works Cited

Raftery, Adrian E., et al. “Less than 2 °C Warming by 2100 Unlikely.” Nature News, Nature Publishing Group, 31 July 2017, www.nature.com/articles/nclimate3352.

“Six Degrees by Mark Lynas.” Goodreads, Goodreads, www.goodreads.com/book/show/227477.Six_Degrees.

Yasmin, Musarat, et al. “Adapting to Engineering Education Vision 2020.” Proceedings, vol. 2, no. 21, 2018, p. 1365., doi:10.3390/proceedings2211365.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers, NICE, Lagos Chapter, under the leadership of Engr (Mrs) Lola Adetona in conjunction with the Lagos State Safety Commission have concluded on plans to embark on *a walk for fitness exercise tagged “Walk for Stability” as part of the efforts to create public awareness on the importance of Structural Stability in Buildings.
General Public, Engineers and allied professionals are therefore invited to participate and join in this laudable outing. It is also intended to promote healthy living, potential networking and synergy.
The event is scheduled to hold on saturday* 8, December 2018 starting by 7.30 am.
The meeting point will be the Alausa Fire Service at Alausa and the walk would cover the distance up to the IKEJA bus stop and back.
The objective is to create awareness around incidences of collapsed Buildings/structures and sensitize the public and relative professionals on the need to pay attention to structural stability as well as observe safety protocols during every stage of construction.
Participants are expected to wear their reflective jackets for the walk. An ambulance and bus from the commission will be made available to support the walk.
For more information contact 08033013973, 08023371755 for participation and sponsorship support.
Join this innovative efforts and be part of history.
You are all invited!!!
Source: MYEngineers

Community Awareness: Civil Engineers to Walk in Support of Structural Stability and Safety

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Few days ago, precisely, on the November 9 2018, the Hall of Sheraton Hotels and Towers Ikeja hosted a diverse group of professionals and dignitaries from engineering to management, from public sector to private sector, from humanity to Business to witness the official change of baton from Akin Akintola to Engr Funmilade Akingbagbohun.
It was a huge day for engineering and the NSE as the Branch celebrated yet, another smooth leadership transition for which the engineers are renowned. The event attracted two past NSE Presidents in person of Engr Dr Ajayi, Engr Ademola Olorunfemi, Immediate past President o Nigerian Academy of Engineering, Engr Mrs Olu Maduka and the current NSE President, Engr Adekunle Mokuolu who chaired the event. Others are Deputy President Engr Babagana Muhammed, Engr Adeniran Ibitoye, Dr AbdulRasheed Babalola, Engr Halima Adeniran all of National Executive members. The Lagos State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr Ade Olayinka Akinsanye was ably represented by the Permanent Sceretary at the Ministry Engr Hotonu. Also on the roaste Hon Olugbenga Edema, Ondo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission Chairman, Engr Oluwafemi Akarakiri, SSA to Ondo State Governor on Energy and Mineral, Prof Toyin Ashiru, Grp Cpt John Obakpolor etc while HRH Oba Adebisi Rosiji Okubanjo, the Obiri of Idobiri Aiyepe Ijebu Ogun state, was the Royal Father of the day and many more…
While we celebrated the emergence of the new Chairman, it is pertinent to also appreciate the outgoing chairman whose services to the Branch are worth commending. He is Engr Akin Akintola. Serving the Branch (and engineering) for a period lasting 15 years (and still counting) must be wholesome achievement worth celebrating. Incidentally, this writer’s journey at the Branch started just about 14 years ago when he was the technical Secretary of the Branch and I was co-opted as Graduate/Students Coordinator to midwife a programme for Young Engineers under Engr Michael Abiodun Awe who I will described as a forward thinking and natural leader with knack for spotting and nurturing talents among younger people. It is a fitting legacy therefore to celebrate this man under whom my mentoring and adventure in NSE began.
The first thing I noticed about Engr Akintola was his tendency to relate well with all including paying attention to the young engineers. He would call; he would offer himself to assist. His phone is always ringing from one engineer to another who is seeking one form of professional guide and assistant or showing appreciation. In the midst of these all, he would gladly, as a true servant of engineering, offered his time and even go as far as following up. Such a bundle of energy! Such selfless leader! Hats off to the indefatigable engineer!
In the beginning…
25 years ago, 11 eminent personalities led by Engr Olu Awoyinfa mooted the idea of establishing the Ikeja Branch of the NSE. What started as a an idea soon become a full blown concept as they put machinery in motion to give the engineers in Ikeja industrial area their own house under the NSE. The Branch is unique in the sense that from inception, the founders of the Branch and the early generation built on the premise that it will produce independent minded leaders and also reinvent itself in the course of time.
15 out of 25 …
Ikeja Branch of NSE was founded 25 years ago. Engr Akintola’s journey with the Branch however started exactly 15 years ago when he was elected as an Executive Committee Member (Ex-Officio) under the Chairmanship of Engr Adekunle Adebajo. He returned to service when he was elected as the Technical Secretary in August 2005 under the leadership of Engr Michael Abiodun Awe. Since then, he had served under Engr Dr T. M Olatunji, Engr Mrs Margaret. Aina Oguntala, Engr Bola Bido, Engr Adeolu Ogundare. He has also served at National level under various committees as well as a National Executive Member.
And he trusted with leadership…
On August 2016, Engr Akintola was elected the 12th Chairman of the Branch in 2016. In the next few months, he put his best foot on ground to build on the legacies of the Branch’s founding fathers.
Stewardship of a selfless leader…
During the two years his team made conscious efforts at resetting the momentum for the next journey for the Branch as they build on the foundation that has been laid. Some of the modest accomplishments outside of the major projects and programmes aside the regular too numerous to mention are
  1. Completion of The Ralph Alabi Engineering Phase 1 Building to a habitable state
  2. Secure a donation of a 3 nos, 5 tonne Air-Conditioner Units by Engr Adeniyi Ogunsanya and installation at the Engr Olu Awoyinfa Hall.
  3. Secure a donation of a 100kva Transformer by Engr Olu Ogunduyile FNSE, FNIEEE and installation for the use of the Branch.
  4. Award of Engr Kayode Adekoya Bursary Award to 2 Indigent Students during the year
  5. Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the existence of NSE Ikeja Branch which brought together great luminaries from the Branch as well as their associates.
  6. Launch of History book- Still the Branch to Beat- of the Branch to commemorate its 25 year journey and celebrate its heroes. Scores of elders and supporters of the Branch in the past 25 years were honour with Medal by the Branch.
  7. During his tenure, the Branch also clinched the Second position at the prestigious Annual Group Dynamics Competition losing out to the eventual winner by 0.5 points.
  8. The Branch also organised the first Career fair which attracted thousands of enthusiastic young minds in conjunction with the “getJob’’
  9. other programmes conducted during the period as usual Olu Awoyinfa lecture in honour of the Branch founder, Ralph Alabi Memorial Lecture, in honour of the first chairman of the Branch; Engr Kayode Adekoya Scholarship in honour of Engr Kayode Adekoya, one of the founding members of the Branch. This not excluding various events for young engineers, training for practicing engineers, Project Skills for secondary schools, Business luncheon to connect Engineers and Business community, Annual Awards to honour distinguished engineers
In his farewell speech, he attributed his success to his predecessors while also saying that his ” success is not complete until my Successor achieve all set goals and aspirations,” Further, he philosophized: “we are not in contest but we are in a relay, mindful of the track and the audience, there are many who are non-focused; only to cheer and share the good moments only, but when trouble comes the focused only will be there to share the bad and hard times with you, please identify them and run your race with them.”
Akintola, ever willing, left some words for the new Chair as he charged her to ‘’ leave for those coming after you for the future, do the little you can from the numerous things to do,’
written by Isqil Najim

Engr Akin Akintola: A legacy of Service to Engineering and Ikeja Branch of NSE

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

PRELIMINARY REPORT ON THE COLLAPSE OF A BUILDING SITUATED AT GRA PHASE II PORT HARCOURT, RIVERS STATE.
Stanley Idem
On the 23rd of November 2018 a 7-storey building designed to be used as a Hotel collapsed at about 4.30pm. We are told that several workers are trapped underneath the wreckage. Rescue operations are still on going.
On hearing of the incident, we moved to the site immediately. However, the extensive wreckage of the collapsed building posed a safety and stability concern so we could not get too close to the building.
At a glance, a number of factors that may have likely contributed to the collapse of the building were immediately noted.
An investigation team is being set up as efforts are being made to have access to the site to be able to have a closer observation, collect samples and take necessary measurements for analysis and so on.
Subsequent to this, site records, contract documents, CCTV footage if any, preliminary desktop study and computer checks on critical elements would be required.
When the test results are received coupled with the on site observations/measurements a structural analysis and computer modeling of the entire system would be conducted to establish possible causes of the collapse.
Until then we consider it inappropriate to comment on the actual cause of the collapse.
On behalf of Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineer PH Chapter, we express our heart felt sympathy to the families of those who lost their loved ones in this collapse incident.
Engr Stanley Idem
NICE PH Chairman

PRELIMINARY REPORT ON THE COLLAPSE OF A BUILDING SITUATED AT GRA PHASE II PORT HARCOURT, RIVERS STATE.

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The frequent stories and associated pains and grief of building collapse seem not on the decline. Infact, it has become too frequent that the phenomenon is no longer attracting the level of emotions that should.

The unfortunate thing, however, is that developers and state are yet to give it the right attention. Chances are that developers contract their building out without engaging the services of an Engineers. When problems arise, Engineers are the first set of professionals to receive tongue-lashing. In essence, Engineers receive the responsibility for such failures.

The usual thing is to contact an Architect who makes an architectural design and gives it to Engineers to append their seals in their various disciplines. Other competences are also called to play their various roles by the Architect, who assumes leadership of the team. In their ignorance, some of these Architects treat Engineers as mere rubber-stamps and over-rate Masons as well as Bricklayers instead. By the time there is failure and collapse, the Engineer receives the blame. It is like a subordinate receiving responsibility for the failure of his boss.
Engineers that specialize in holism, either by occupation or profession, are responsible to properly coordinate the building team to its full realization and manage the life cycle of the building until disposal
In recent times, the rate of these collapses are becoming rather embarrassing. The frequency of such occurrences goes to show that something is fundamentally wrong.

Much as there are so many professionals, competences, trades, as well as crafts in the built industry; a most critical constituent is missing. There is an aspect of buildings that are not given the right consideration, the whole. Holism is an aspect of buildings that is never considered.

Different people did one or two things to erect a building, but the whole of it requires special engineering attention like the varous parts. This is so important to the extent that all these collapses owe their occurrences to it.

Engineers that specialize in holism, either by occupation or profession, are responsible to properly coordinate the building team to its full realization and manage the life cycle of the building until disposal. Systems or Holistics Engineers, as they are called, are so subtle in any technical venture but can no longer continue to remain for granted. What is actually happening is called emergence and due to wrongful coordination of the building team and/or management of the building's life cycle. One of such wrongful coordination is an Architect treating team-Engineers as mere rubber stamps and delegating their responsibilities to craftsmen and labourers. A consequence of life cycle mismanagement is the Synagogue incident.

BUILDING COLLAPSE AND HOLISM BY ENGR EKE AUGUSTINE

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Friday, November 16, 2018

A Nigerian foremost Consulting Engineering Firm, O.T. Otis Engineering Limited has won the Consulting Engineering Company of the year award for 2018. This was at the 2018 Construction & Engineering Digest Forum/Award (CEDFA) in Lagos. The event also marked the 25 year anniversary of the company which has rewarded and honoured distinguished engineers and companies over the years.
At the event to receive the Award was the MD/CEO of the company, Engr Otis T. Anyaeji FNSE, FAEng, who is also the President of West African Federation of Engineering Organisations and Immediate past President of Nigerian Society of Engineers.
O.T OTIS Engineering Limited, specialized Project Management and Technical Services in the heavy industrial and infrastructure sectors, like Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution; machine tools, iron & steel, oil & gas, petrochemicals, automotive manufacture, fertilizer, pulp & paper, housing and infrastructure, lime & cement, refractories, coal and coal chemicals, materials handling etc.
The company has successfully completed projects in virtually all the basic industries sectors in Nigeria from Machine Tools/Metal Working through Iron and Steel to Automotive Manufacture, Petroleum Refining and Petrochemicals, Electric Power to Pulp and Paper etc.
OTIS is recognised as an independent firm of consultants by the Federal Ministry of Power & Steel, NEPA, Federal Ministry of Industry, NNPC, Warri Refining and Petrochemicals Company (WRPC), PHRC, Delta Steel Company (DSC), Ajaokuta Steel Company (ASC), National Automotive Council (NAC), NICON, Bureau for Public Enterprise (BPE), etc.
The company efforts in power sector is top notched as it was a joint Design and Management Consultant on one of the biggest ever conceived infrastructural development project in the power sector in the entire world.
Various dignitaries spoke at the event as part of the activities lined up to mark the event.
Construction & Engineering Digest Forum/Award (CEDFA) brings business and policy makers in the built-environment industry together to honour the most outstanding individuals and corporate bodies as far as performance rating recognises within every business year.
Compiled by Isqil Najim

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Monday, November 12, 2018

At an atmosphere of professionalism and candour, the famed tradition of smooth leadership transition among Engineers is on display as the Ikeja Branch of the Nigerian Society of Engineers swore-in Engr (Mrs) Funmilade Akingbagbohun as its 13th Chair. She takes over from Engr Akin Akintola, under whose tenure the Branch returned to the Top three among the over 60 Branches of the NSE in the country.
Distinguished and respected industry leaders, professionals across board, policy makers, friends, family of engineering filled the capacity hall of Sheraton Hotel and Towers Ikeja to the brim as the guests equally occupied the adjoining hall: Under HRH Adebisi Rosiji Okubanjo, the Obiri of Idobiri Aiyepe Ijebu, as the Royal father.
Chaired by the NSE President Engr Adekunle Mokuolu, the event also had in attendance two former Presidents of the NSE, Engr Dr Ajayi, , Engr Olrunfemi Isaac Ademola. Others are Grp Cpt. John Obakpolor, Founding President of Aviation Roundtable, Engr Olu Maduka, immediate past President of Nigerian Academy of Engineering and its first female President, Engr Joseph Akinteye, Vice President NSE, Engr Babagana Muhammad, NSE Deputy President, Adeniran Ibitoye, NSE, Engr Halimat Adeniran, Engr Abdul Rasheed Babalola, all National Executive members of NSE. Engr Margaret Oguntala three time NSE Vice President and first female Chair Ikeja Branch, Engr Kunle Adebajo former National Chairman NIStructE , Engr Ayo Fanimokun former National Chairman NIMechE, High Chief Engr Tunde Zedomi former Chairman Apapa NSE and National Chairman NIMechE, Prof Doyin Ashiru, MD/CEO Tricontinetal Oil and Gas Limited, RT Revd. Babatunde Ogunbanwo, Bishop of Ijebu South West Diocess Anglican Communion, Engr Mrs Laolu Adedapo Aisida, Chair APWEN Lagos, Engr Saliu Lawal, ASCE Nigerian chapter president, and former National Chairman NICE, Hon Gbenga Edema, Chairman Ondo State Oil producing Areas Development Commission and host of others
The investiture lecture was delivered by Hon Commissioner for Works and Infrastructures, Engr Ade Olayinka Akinsanya who was represented by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Works Engr Hotonu ; he presented paper on Enhancement and Empowerment of Engineering Professionalism. He offered a series of directions toward enhancement of engineering practices through the eyes of regulatory agency as COREN, professional bodies as NSE and also not leaving out the engineers as professionals.
Earlier, the outgoing Chairman Engr Akin Akintola has delivered a farewell address title “Time to thank You’’ in which he chronicled the Branch’s journey and achievements in the past two years up to the elevation back to top three among the Branch Nationwide. Also the president of NSE
The Investiture ceremony witnessed the handing over from Engr Akintota in a rousing atmosphere as she took to podium to unveil her agenda for the Branch.
In her address, the new Chair, now the second woman to head the Branch, thanked the engineers for confidence reposed in her and showered encomium on the founding fathers and her predecessors who she said are responsible for the solid structure she is meeting on ground. She noted the Branch, has over the year developed the ‘habit of ‘regularly reinventing itself through generation after generation of leaders’ from the pioneering exploits of late Engr Ralph Alabi and founder, Late Olu Awoyinfa to the immediate past Engr Akintola. She pledged to uphold the tradition and leave the Branch better that she meets it.
Setting her agenda, Akingbagbohun, who is a senior engineer with Lagos State Government, emphasised that she will focus more on enhancement and empowerment of engineers while also sustaining the existing laudable programmes of the Branch.
‘It behoves on us to respond quickly to the changing dynamism of the engineering organisation within the state and country at large, “she enthuse, calling on members to join her, “ to reflect on our past, critically assess the present and look forward to the future with greater hope and enthusiasm.”
“Our focus,” she continued, “must be how to tap into the opportunities in the land (Nigeria), from local content law to the executive order 5 for the benefits of the engineering practitioners. “
She sought the supports of the members and general public in achieving all the goals and rounded up with rallying words of mother Theresa saying “None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love and together we can do something wonderful”.
She thereafter swear-in other members of her Executive committee members. They are: Engr Sunday Amos (Vice chairman), Engr Oluwaniyi Femi-Bola (Gen Secretary), Engr Faosat Adesola Aina, (Treasurer), Engr Majonagbe Adebayo, (Financial Secretary), Engr Remi Eko (Technical Secretary), Engr Lekan Obabode ( Publicity Secretary), Engr Catherine Onojaife (Asst Gen Secretary), Engr Bamidele Lawal (Asst. Technical Secretary), Engr Abdulganiyu Tiamiyu (Co-opted), Engr Tosin Ogunmola (Ex-Officio), while Engr Akin Akintola is Immediate past Chairman.
The event also witnessed the launching of Inaugural Engr Kayode Adekoya Scholarship Scheme won by Mr. Bakis Sadiq. Distinguished Personalities were honoured with meritorious awards. Among them are High Chief Engr Akintunde Zedomi, Prof. Doyin Ashiru, MD/CEO Tricontinental Oil and Gas, Ms Omolara Lawanson, CEO MOVIC Wellness Centre, Ibadan, Engr AbdulWahab Ogunbiyi, Engr Ganiyu Sadiq, Chairman merit Petroleum, Engr Oluwafemi Akarakiri, Senior Special Adviser to Ondo State Governor on Energy and Mineral Resources.
In addition corporate engineering firms were honoured as Offshore Dimensions Won the Award for Innovation in Engineering while Tranos Engineering was also recognised.
Report Compiled by Isqil Najim

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Thursday, August 16, 2018


“In the plan of God for you as a child of destiny, both those who loves you and those who hates you have a part to play in bringing about the fulfilment of your destiny”
– Pastor E. A. Adeboye,G.O. RCCG Open Heaven, Dec 23rd 2015


By rule of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, you can only become President after serving as a Chairman of a Branch. And you must have served as Vice President of NSE for certain number of times. But what will you do if you run for election as Vice President and having never served as a Chairman of a Branch and you came distant 4th thus missing out in top three required to occupy the posts of the Vice President of NSE as the Society only need three? Many would have given up and probably went back to start all over but providence had another plan.

One of the top three Vice Presidents went for further study aboard and the then “best loser” was upgraded to become the Vice President. Years down the lane, he was not only to become the president but also achieved many Firsts, leaving behind legacies in the Nigerian Engineering cycle that is etched in memories. I welcome you to the world Engr Ademola Isaac Olorunfemi, the first “Minority” President of NSE! Minority, because up till that moment, the big Three in engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Civil) have dominated the leadership of NSE. He is an Agricultural Engineer. He is also the first Active academician to serve as the president of the NSE.

As the Akure Branch of NSE is all but set to Honour Engr Ademola Isaac Olorunfemi, at an event which is billed to attract two State Governors, with the renown, lawyer and Educationist and Elder statesman, Aare Afe Babalola as the Distinguished Speaker, MyEngineers deems it fit to honour this illustrious son of the Ondo who has contributed immensely into engineering over the years by showcasing the real man, Engr Ademola Isaac Olorunfemi, FNSE, FNIM- who fits into our concept of TOTAL ENGINEER.

When I first met this easygoing Engineer, I was a young graduate serving the NSE Ikeja Branch as its first Graduates/Students Coordinator. In those days, I had so many ideas and I called so many to look up to as a guide. He was one of those who lend his listening ears and even provided occasional guide. Never tiring of seeing you around and always ready to listen; I learned my first lesson in corporate world that you are never busy, you only prioritise. And when someone gives you his time, it is not because they don’t have other things to do, it is because they believe in you and trust you with that moment of their time. Make them appreciate spending it and make them proud.

Over the years, the Nigerian Engineering community have been richly endowed with exceptional leaders who led the Association and left indelible impacts in the sand of time. Perhaps due to the huge challenges facing the engineering in the country, or the over-politicisation of the governance by politicians, or due low publicity of their efforts beyond the engineering circles, the general public and indeed, many engineers have not been paying attention to the many silent, yet amazing works and sacrifices these professionals have been doing or accomplished.
We therefore deemed it fit once a while to celebrate these individuals and leaders in Engineering. Today, we bring to you, Engr Ademola Isaac Olorunfemi, a towering figure walking steadily in service of engineering and humanity.
To many, why would we celebrate? The answer would probably lies in unraveling the man himself.

Who is Engr Ademola Isaac Olorunfemi?
Engr. Ademola Isaac Olorunfemi is a man who has seen it all in the Nigeria Engineering profession, yet continues to give his all with renewed energy. In Nigeria, from the lecture room, to entrepreneurship to the policy formulation and execution as well as the institutional framework of the Nigerian Society of Engineers of which he is a former President, he has shown that a man who is ready for leadership will never miss the target when his time comes. His story to the top is an inspiration to anyone who aspire to be at the top regardless of where he starts.

An “underdog,” who continue rise, his only faith is in hard-work and belief in those who believe in him. He heeded the advice to go for NSE leadership when odds was high against him and eventually found himself entrusted by fellow Engineers. His rise to NSE top seat all began as a Student where he gave his all in services of engineering student associations at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife (formerly Univeristy of Ife). He was the President of the Agricultural Engineering Students Society and also served as the Publicity Secretary of the Nigerian University Engineering Students Association (NUESA).

 ENGINEER ADEMOLA ISAAC OLORUNFEMI
From the Academia to Public service as well as the Professional Calling, Ademola Isaac Olorunfemi has traversed the Nigerian nation and beyond.

Engr.  Olorunfemi was bornon the 23rd November 1960, to the prominent and highly respected Olajugba Royal family of Supare-Akoko, Akoko-South Local Government of Ondo State, South-West Nigeria. He had his primary  education at the Ibadan City Council Primary School, Agodi, Ibadan, Oyo State and secondary education at the famous St. Joseph’s College Ondo and came out in  Division 1 in the West AfricanSecondary Certificate Examination Council in 1978.

Engr. Olorunfemi thereafter proceded to the prestigious University of Ife now Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Great Ife in 1979 to study Agricultural Engineering and graduated in 1984. He was employed immediatly after his National Youth Service as an Assistant Lecturer at the Lagos State Polytechnic in 1985.

Between 1985 and 1996, Engr. Olorunfemi had through hard work evident in his research publications and papers, teaching and  supervision of  students’ projects rose from the post of Asssistant Lecturer to LecturerIII 1988, Lecturer II1990, Lecturer I  1993, Senior Lecturer 1996, Principal Lecturer 2002 and Chief Lecturer2006. He bagged aMasters Degree in Agricultural Engineering in 1991 at the premier University of Ibadan.

As a lecturer, Engr. Olorunfemi, a man of tested adminstrative acumen occupied different positions which included, Head,Agricultural Engineering Department; Director, School of Engineering; Director, LASPOTECH Konsult Limited, the business arm of the Polytechnic. He was the Chairman, External Affairs Relations Committee from its inception in 1998 all through 2011, when he was called for service in his home State, Ondo. As Chairman, External Relations Committee, Engr. Olorunfemi led the Committee to facilitate several collaborations, partnerships and linkages with both public and private sectors home and abroad. He attracted several grants to the Polytechnic, also from within and without.

Having proved his mettle in the Academia, and distinguishing himself as a Manager of men and resources through his successfull and examplary management of LASPOTECH Konsult Ltd., as well as his proffesional exploits as an Agricutural Engineer, the Government of his home State Ondo, decided that his expertise, knowledge and managerial ability were needed back home to boost the Agricultural fortune of the Stateand thus called him home to serve as the State Commissioner for Agriculture between 2011-2013.

As the Honourable Commissioner of Agriculture Ondo State, Engr. Ademola Isaac Olorunfemi intiated and executed rural based agricultural policies aimed at introducing high yeild crops, increased Mechanized farming, and extensive Agricultural Extension Programs all focused on poverty alleviation, youth and women empowerment as well as improving the fortunes of the State through the export of agricultural products. He was the driver in the Ondo State of the Agricultural Value Chain development of the then Hon. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, giant strides in Agricultural Development.

Acommitted and widely acclaimed exceptional Engineer and natural leader of men, Engr. Olorunfemi was elected President of the Nigerian Society Of Engineers and served meritoriously between 2014 to 2015. It is also worth mentioning  that in recongnition of his immense contributions to the development of the Agricultural Sector of Ondo State as Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko Administration retained him as  Special Adviser on Agriculture, even as President of Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE).

Engr. Olorunfemi among other giant strides as President, facilitated the hosting of the 2015 National Conference/AGM, of the Nigerian Society of Engineers with over 5000 participants, as the Maiden event at this prestigious International Conference Centre, to the great admiration of the Government and good people of Ondo State.

Engr. Olorunfemi was not done, as he again, now as Immediate Past President of NSE, and a Council Member of COREN, in less than 10months, brought the Engineering Family to this same magnificent Conference Centre, for the 2016 and 25th COREN Assembly, also with another delegation of about 5000 participants. He was at this time, the Chairman, Main Organising Committee of the 25th Assembly, which served as a turning point in the history of this unique Annual gathering of the Engineering Family.

Engr. Olorunfemi a former Member of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN),is a member of various professional bodies both home and abraod. These include; Fellow, Nigerian Institution of Agricultural Engineers; Fellow, Nigerian Society of Engineers; Member, American Sociery of Agricultural and Biological Engineers; Member, European Society of Engineers; Member, Institution of Agricultural Engineers, United Kingdom, and Fellow, Institute of Personnel Management, Chartered. Engr. Olorunfemi was also a Member of the Advisory BoardInfrastructure Incoporated, USA and Council Member, National Agency for Engineering Infrastructure, NASENI.

Engr. Olorunfemi is a very active Member of his Alma Mater St. Joseph’s College Ondo, of which he is the Vice President of the Old Boys Association, and at the home front in Supare- Akoko, he is a Member of the Frontline Ajafa Social Klobb with very prominent Sons of Supare Kingdom.

A widely travelled and Sociable Engineer, fondly refer to as “Network Engineer” Engr. Olorunfemi is a devoted Christian and married to Lovely Omotolani with 4 beautiful children, Adeteniola, Adegboyega, Aderinsola and Adewonuola.



Some of his achievements as NSE President

  1. 1. National Secretariat initiated regular visits to ascertain welfare of members in their official places of employment
  2. 2. NSE members doing well in politics are highly encouraged and supported
  3. 3. Secured approval and took possession of 10.43 Hectares of land for the construction of Engineer’ Mass Housing Projects in the FCT Abuja;
  4. 4. Successfully hosted World Engineering Conference on Sustainable Infrastructures (WECSI) in conjunction with WFEO, the first of its kind in Nigeria with over 4000 in attendance.
  5. 5. Online payment and registration by new members as well as upgrade of online membership portal.
  6. 6. He digitised the activities of the NSE and NSE becoming more prominent on Social media and more accessible with wider information flow to the engineers and the public
  7. 7. Staff Welfare improved
  8. 8. More collaboration with International Bodies
  9. 9. Re-Submission of the Engineers Salary Enhancement Report to the FG
  10. 10. More works on National Engineering Centre
  11. 11. Strong collaboration was established with international professional bodies like engineering forum of Nigeria UK and others to broaden platform for knowledge exchange across international boundary
  12. 12. Championed the production of the maiden Edition of Nigerian Infrastructure Scorecard
  13. 13. Excalated agitation for the replication of Nigerian Content Development Act in all of engineering Sector
  14. 14. More collaboration with COREN with involvement of COREN in NSE professional Exam
  15. 15. Completion of the Presidential wing of the National Engineering Centre, phase 2
  16. 16. Greeter emphasis on Codes and Standards by Divisions of NSE
  17. 17. Building on YEFON as a platform to carry along young Engineers in NSE activities
  18. 18. And more.. and more...

Engr Ademola Olorunfemi in his Own Words (Memorable Quotes)


“The basic of our offer of renewed and active partnership with the Nigerian government and the people of Nigeria is that Nigeria must first seek engineering conquest, in order to gain technological emancipation, upon which economic prosperity shall be made manifest..”
---January 2014 inaugural lecture

“.. Our manufacturing industry has all it takes to produce quality products and add more values to foreign products if government policy provides them enabling environment. To encourage local production and to boost the country’s economy, there is need for appropriate fiscal policy review with the aim of creating market for local manufactures. There is also need for massive national value reorientation that will encourage citizens to patronize made in Nigeria goods to further advance the cause of local content.”
- NSE, Nigeria and Vision 2020 January 2014

Note: (Earlier 2018, the president of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari finally signed executive order on local content in engineering procurement, in 2017. Council for the Regulation of Engineering under President Engr. Ali Kashim launched a Made in Nigeria Engineering project Campaign which was attended by Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu in Abuja. This is a highlight of long years of collective actions of the NSE leadership and other professionals)


“I make bold to reiterate that the statement credited to the Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises to the effect that there is no company in Nigeria that produces electricity transformers is misleading and a disservice to the efforts of the companies in the manufacturing sector which are contributing to the Nigerian content development. Such statement becomes worrisome, coming from an institution of the federal Government which should take keen interest in the undertaking in the commerce and industry sector of the economy and which major function include minimizing economic inequalities by promoting healthy competition amongst corporate entities. “
-May 2014

“As a professional body and stakeholder in Nigerian’s economic growth, and development project, we owe our fatherland a duty to continually drive debates and discourses on issues of national developments, especially as the concern engineering and infrastructural development..
May 2014
Ademola the Humanitarian, politician (on Chibok Girls)

“We join our citizens and the international community to condemn the recent kidnap of our young girls from the Government girls Secondary School Chibok, Borno State… we urge government to use every means possible to free these students”
Engr Ademola Olorunfemi, 2014


“We demand that, moving forward, INEC should embrace E-voting in future elections. NSE has in the last 3 years partnered NIgConSat and deployed E-Voting in conducting elections into its Executive Committees. The use of e-voting will bring about transparency and considerably reduce the post election petitions and conflicts. The time for is to discard the old fashioned voting system characterised by multiple voting encouraged by desperate politicians is now.”
- Ademola Olorunfemi, 2015 On E-Voting for Nigerian Election

Note: (National Assembly has in 2018 passed amendment to INEC Act to officially allow e-voting)

“The NSE has a huge role to play in terms of design of security infrastructure in this country. The NSE needs to let the government know that professional scientific and engineering advice is required, in addition to intelligence advice, in curbing the security challenges our country is currently faced with.
-Ademola Olorunfemi, on Nigerian Security and NSE (World Press Conference on WESCI, 2014)

'There is no way you can hold NSE responsible for what government is doing if we do not have an input that is documented. We will continue to engage government. I think it is pertinent for the president to have direct communication with presidents of professional bodies, all hurdles should be removed. We can share ideas at every possible time.''
Ademola Olorunfemi, July 2014

"The Engineering profession, just like any other profession has come a long way. It started with the evolution of man because God as the supreme engineer started it with the creation of the world through engineering processes before we humans took over."
Ademola Olorunfemi, June 2014 ( God was the fist Engineer)

"Destiny is a fact. Only God will make it real but for God to make it real, you must fulfill your own part and how do you do that, you must work hard, obey and trust in God."
Ademola Olorunfemi, 2014 On Lesson life taught Him http://www.myengineers.com.ng/2014/07/25/god-was-the-first-engineer-nse-president-ademola-olorunfemi-by-tayo-mustapha/

"In the area of electric power supply, we need to change focus to have a sustainable national energy plan, with a balanced and sustainable energy mix and the required support infrastructure to fuel it. We have abundant solar, wind, biomass and mini/small/major hydropower resources and sites in Nigeria. What are we doing with them?"
Ademola Olorunfemi, April 2014 http://www.myengineers.com.ng/2015/04/06/quality-infrastructure-key-to-economic-development-engineers/

On Young Engineers participation in engineering activities

“I will like to remind you that in over four decades of active participation in international activities, we have always assured the full participation of our young engineers to the youth events. This, we believed, would go a long way to give them early exposure and help them in building their career. Therefore challenge you to project your programmes for schools girls in a manner that will spur them to work harder and look forward to taking part in international programmes. ..
- Ademola Olorunfemi, February 2014

“..One aspect of our transport system that we must urgently give the required attention in the interest of the economy is the Railway. The Optimal performance of our railway will no doubt lessen traffic on our roads thereby extending the life span of the roads in addition to the gross reduction of cases of road mishaps.
“We must move in a determined manner as a nation to reclaim our position as a top railway operator ion African continent/… we recommend speedy amendment of the railway Act through the proposed Railway Bill, being presented to the National Assembly. "
Ademola Olorunfemi, 2014 Press briefing and advise to Nigerian Government.

Note: The current administration has since been massively investing in Railway Sector with light rail commissioned and others being expanded.


"Government should ensure that Bi-lateral agreements, Technical partners Agreements ion Oil and Gas, World bank/Regional development institutions load agreements, should be scrutinised by the National planning Commission, implementing Ministries and COREN, to ensure that clauses inimical to the development of indigenous capacity, or indigenous personnel and local content are excluded. Consequently, the National Planning Commission should be reorganised and properly equipped with professionals in Built Environment, Engineers and the like"
--- Ademola Olorunfemi Isaac 2015

”No country in the world has industrialised through trading or commerce (buying and selling goods produced elsewhere): importation of Steel products or worse still selling of crude oil and gas which are indeed refined materials for major industries elsewhere, without the Manufacturing Will."
-Ademola Olorunfemi on Industrialisation of Nigeria

“Over the years, we noticed with dismay and advocated against the manner in which people without appropriate qualifications or suitability were appointed to run the affairs of Boards of engineering-based ministries, departments and Agencies. It is our fervent desire and hope that this government will consider appointing qualified engineers as heads of relevant MDAs in the following sectors: Energy, Transport, Aviation, Iron and Steel, Works and Housings Water Resources Environment and Oil and Gas.
Ademola Olorunfemi, 2015 in a message to the then SSG to the President.


Mr. Secretary, going back in time, engineering graduates had enhanced entry point of GL 08/5 and progressed to GL 09 after one year, while Medical and Veterinary Doctors came in on GL09 and progress to GL10. It is ironical that while other professionals have moved far up, Engineers have painfully retrogressed, coming into service on GL08/2... We hereby make passionate appeal to you to n kindly use your good office to mounting urge right pressure to cause an end to this injustice.
2015.. While Presenting the NSE Report on Engineers Salary to SSG.

Note: The National Council of Establishment has since approved the demand in 2018 !

"Do not as what Nigeria Infrastructure can do for you but what ou can do to improve Nigeria’s infrastructure stock. This is the clarion call to action and public services by the Nigerian Society of Engineers."
Engr Ademola while presenting the First Infrastructure Scorecard b the NSE.

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7
Congratulations!

Compiled by Isqil Najim (follow me on twitter @isqilnajim)












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