ConstructSkills Conversation 1.7, a Construction and Engineering Digest (CED) Magazine platform designed to discuss and reflect on issues, people and personality, and the achievements of professionals in the built environment, engineering, oil and gas and allied sectors hosted Engr. Olumuyiwa Alade Ajibola, FNSE, FAEng as part of his 70th birthday, to an interactive discussion/lecture focusing on his life, professional career and insight into the Nigerian economic and engineering climate under the theme “Unlocking the Potentials of Engineering for Economic Growth”
Engr. Olumuyiwa Alade Ajibola, FNSE, FAEng, PPNSE a past president of the Nigerian society of Engineers (NSE) with over 40 years dedicated to the Engineering profession, highlighted the early foundations of his education and his decision to dedicate himself to Engineering.
ConstructSkils Conversation Platform specifically designed as a made for television session has the founding editor-in-chief of CED Magazine, Onii Nwangwu-Stevenson taking on the celebrants on various issues relating to his profession and the industry among others.
Engr. Ajibola, at the event, also presented a paper reflecting on the theme – Unlocking the Potentials of Engineering for Economic Growth.
In his paper and discussion, Engr. Olumuyiwa Ajibola analyzed the present situation of the Nigerian Economy praising the proposed steps listed by the government and policy makers necessary to solve the nation’s economic problems but criticized the execution of the said solutions proffered so far as it is been executed at the detriment of Nigeria professionals who were not consulted nor included in the implementation.
Emphasizing the need to strategize the approach to policy formulation and implementation, he bemoaned the non-inclusion of Engineers at the formative level of polices siting the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) 2017 – 2020 as an example, he posited the need to tap the great potentials of Engineering to accelerate national development.
He stated “The way to do this is to bring Engineering and Engineers into the strategic economic planning, policy and implementation space of our dear nation through the active involvement of the Nigerian Engineers.”
Engr. Ajibola also highlighted the need for the development and inclusion of the local industries and local content, emphasizing the importance of convincing foreign investors to set up shop in the country in order to provide jobs for the increasing number of unemployed graduates. Speaking further, he highlighting the current trend whereby infrastructure projects are still being handled by foreign owned firms to the detriment of our home grown, experience and highly skilled professionals.
Chief Executive Officer, Century 21 Systems Communications Limited, Publisher of CED Magazine, Mr. Kenneth Odusola-Stevenson in his address thanked distinguished guests to the events, and commended the efforts of Engr. Ajibola for the over four decades of integrity driven practice and contributions the growth of the engineering sector and the practice.
Odusola-Stevenson further emphasized the importance of celebrating Nigerian professionals, especially those who have made remarkable contributions, not only the profession or practice but also to nation building.
Commenting on Engr Ajibola’s achievement and performance in the sector and in life, Engr. Tunde Zedomi, a friend and a colleague, and the former Vice President of NSE described him as a sound engineer and a person who has excelled in the engineering profession and a role model who the younger generation can emulate.
Engr. Jimi Ajibola, son of the Engr Olumuyiwa Ajibola, the celebrant, described him as a fantastic father, friend and a mentor. He stated “he is a man of good character and has always been there to attend to all the families’ needs.
The programme had in attendance; Engr. Otis Anyaeji, FNSE, FAEng, President, Nigerian Society of Engineers, who was duly represented by a member of the society, Engr. (Dr.) Charles Mbelede; Engr. Hon. Anden Ekpo Bassey, National Chairman, Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers (NICE); Engr. Funmi Akingbagbohun, Chairman, the Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers (NIMech); Engr. Jimi Ajibola and Lolu Ajibola, both from the Automated Geotechnics and sons of the celebrant; Chief (Mrs.) Oreyomi Ajibola, wife of the celebrant, amongst others.
ConstructSkills Conversation 1.7 is the second in the series in 2017 as the platform had earlier in the year hosted DR. Lanre Towry-Coker, FRIBA, FNIA, Ph.D who was recently elected into the prestigious fellowship club of the Royal Institute of British Architects.