Governor Olusegun Mimiko has called on engineers and other professionals to engaged in more research analysis and develop efficient, durable and cost effective infrastructure for Implementation in view of the ongoing global recession.
Mimiko also said that his administration has raised the profile of governance and set a standard below which no government can afford to fall in Ondo State.
He declared these yesterday in his keynote address at the 2015 National Engineering Conference and Annual General Meeting held at the International Event Center, Akure with dignitaries including the representative of President Muhammad Buhari who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engr Babashir Lawal.and engineers across the World in attendance..
Mimiko said his administration is poised to take Ondo State to the next level which he said made his administration a flagship and reference point for infrastructural development, transformation and good governance in Nigeria saying Engineering is critical and crucial to sustainable socio-economic development in any society.
He charged local engineers to brace up to the reality and the current challenges if they want to remain relevant to their calling as major stakeholders and principal actors in the management of the nation’s infrastructural development..
Mimiko, who commended the engineers for the theme “National Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan (NIIMP) 2014: Strategies For Implementation” said his administration has used Engineering as a tool to enhance the material conditions of his people.
He described the International Event Center, venue of the Conference as one example of the application of scientific knowledge to improve on the human condition saying that the construction of the DOME has solved the accommodation problems encountered in the past.
He commended the spirit of professionalism exhibited by members of The Nigeria Society of Engineers who are in his cabinet and in the service of Ondo State Government who had helped him in the execution of all the laudable projects
Mimiko said his administration has surpassed the previous administrations in terms of infrastructural development.
“On a comparative analysis basis, there has not been any administration in Ondo State ‘s almost 40-year old history that has been as active in the roads and infrastructure sector as our administration. When we came on board in 2009, we felt, and rightly too that the capacity of the Oyemekun – Oba Adesida road was overstretched, having been constructed since 1976 and without any major repair.
We did a redesign of the road to improve on the pavements, road furniture, hydraulic structures etc and today, we have a brand new Oyemekun Road Oba Adesida road complete with bus shelter, street lights and which we have been running ever since ”
Mimiko said his administration has employed engineers as tools of modern governance to ameliorate the unruly behaviuor of miscreants and touts who traditionally surround area of vehicular transport, adding that his administration pioneered the building of ultra modern motor Parks for the transport sector and also constructed an Auto-mart in Akure to ease the business of motor vehicle marketers on the state amongst others.
The Guest Speaker at the event, Are Afe Babalola described the initiative of Mimiko for the construction of the state of the art international event center built in Akure as unprecedented stressing that it is line with global best practices.
While explaining that the Nigerian Society of Engineers has pivotal role to play in the nation’s economy, Babalola said this country lacks nothing other than the right leaders to drive the needed infrastructural development.
Guest Speaker, who is the founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti said the theme of the conference is apt to address the myriads of challenges confronting Nigeria’s infrastructural development charging the Nigerian Society of Engineers not to allow the master plan to be wasted.
He said Nigeria has a master plan, but the right leadership to drive it is what is required and needed to solve the challenges confronting the country.
He said Mimiko has demonstrated quality leadership style in all areas of infrastructural development
Mimiko also bagged an Honorary Fellowship Award of the Nigerian Society of Engineers at the event.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation Babashir Lawal was conferred with the distinguished Fellowship Award of the Society.
The NSE also conferred honorary fellowship of the society on Are Afe Babalola and Dr Innocent Chukwuma .
Others include Merit Award of the society for the Federal Road Safety Commiission and the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye for the outstanding auditorium project in Nigeria among others.
Earlier in his welcome speech, the NSE President, Engr. Ademola Olorunfemi said an Infrastructure Scorecard is a veritable tool for designing development framework and national policies.
He said it is also an instrument for comparative assessment of performance of such a nation in infra- structural delivery.