By Festus OSEJI
Engr. Ibikunle Ogunbayo, FNSE, FAEng, Chairman, KOA Consultants Ltd, who clocked 70 recently was honoured with CED LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD by Construction and Engineering Digest (CED) Magazine, the award winning publication for the construction, engineering and the built environment in his office in Lagos.
Speaking during the presentation ceremony which is in fulfillment of the promise the editorial team made years ago to all professionals in the industry to always honour leading and icons in the industry.
According to Mr. Festus Oseji, the manager of the publication who led the media team to the presentation ceremony, “we are here to keep to our resolved to celebrate built environment professionals that clock the age seventy with special publication edition to celebrate their leadership, dedication and overwhelming contributions to the construction and engineering industry and their support to the publication over the years”.
During the ceremony in his office which attracted over 30 members of staff of KOA Consultants Limited, friends of the celebrant were also present to witness the presentation of a giant cake well decorated with inscription “CED Celebrates Engineering ICON @ 70” and an award plaque “CED Lifetime Achievement Award” coupled with the special dedicated edition of the publication which featured him on the cover were presented to him in recognition of his leadership and overwhelming contributions to the engineering profession in particular and the built environment generally in Nigeria.
In a brief chart with the celebrant who was excited over the gesture, he thanked CED Magazine’s management, for their steadfastness in promoting the activities of engineers in the construction and engineering industry.
Speaking generally about the sector, Engr. Ogunbayo stated that the built environment in Nigeria has a lot of hope and there are many things to be done in the industry, but the challenge remains the fund to do all that needs to be done in the country.
He also commended Nigerian engineers for their efforts over the years and prays the government to patronize the indigenous professionals as they deserve more patronage as a lot still needs to be done in the country.