By Festus OSEJI
Recently in Lagos the most influential built environment publication in Nigeria Construction and Engineering Digest (CED), hosted it’s annual CED Forum Award being the 25th edition of the award ceremony.
According to the chief executive officer and the publisher of the publication Mr. Kenneth Odusola-Stevenson, who took time to explain how the journey started 25 years ago to the audience who came to celebrate with some of the awardees and the publication for their resilient and steadfastness in promoting the activities in the construction and engineering industry in Nigeria. The audience were amazed to know that the publication consitently hosted such an awesome event for the past 25 years in Nigeria irrespective of the harsh economy.
He further added that “the first edition held in 1993 was actually instituted by the former Minister of Works and Housing, Major General Momman Kontagora RTD (Late), as an avenue to discuss burning issues related to the engineering, building, construction and the nation’s economy, as well as celebrate professional and corporate excellence in the industry”.
“The CED Forum/Award, over the years, has been marked with great hype; having at all editions continually met the demands and expectations of the built environment professionals, organizations, government agencies and also the Local, State and Federal government in Nigeria”.
the keynote speaker at the award ceremony Engr. Mrs. Aramide Adeyoye, FNSE, FNICE, FNIOB, Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Works and Infrastructure, delivering her goodwill message to the awardees virtually said “It is with great pleasure that I congratulate the organizers of this forum for yet another edition and the 25th edition and, for keeping faith with the tradition in spite of the prevailing Covid-19 situation all over the world.
“It is worthy to note that the theme for this year’s forum; Architecture Engineering and construction in the digital age is quite relevant especially to we in the State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure where I superintend as the Special Adviser Works and Infrastructure”.
“We pride ourselves as having the greatest number of architects and engineers under one umbrella and probably. Undertaking the highest number of construction projects in the country.
” Therefore the need to be kept abreast with current trends in the engineering, construction and architecture fields cannot be overemphasized”.
“This quest no doubt is very necessary for our professionals in the built environment to be continually relevant and not left behind especially with the array of softwares for design and journals on good construction practices available at the click of a button on the computer”, Engr. Aramide emphasised.
She encouraged the awardees to steadfast in their area of specializations and do their best always.
“On behalf of the State Government and in particular the ministry of Works and Infrastructure I congratulate you all for keeping the flag flying. I also wish to extend my hearty congratulations to all the awardees”.
Some of the dignitaries and awardees at this year edition include the honourable minister of water resources Engr. Suleiman Adamu, FNSE, FAEng, who doubled as the special guest of honour and was ably represented by Otunba Olufemi Odumosu, Managing Director/CEO, Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority, was honoured with the CED Magazine’s Minister and Professional Man of the Year 2020, to commemorate his ministry’s outstanding achievement in the past six years as honourable minister of the federal republic of Nigeria.
Other notable awardees both individuals and corporate organizations in the engineering and built environment are as follows; Engr. Dr. Jang C. Tanko, FNSE, FNICE, 2021 CED Magazine Professional Service Award of Excellence in Leadership in the Construction and Engineering Category; News Engineering Nigeria Limited whose managing director Lady Josephine Nweze received the CED Corporate Service Award of Excellence in Construction And Engineering industry (Ppwer) Category; Mr. Edmund Oshioke, Managing Director, KAMEN Aggregates and Construction Limited 2021 CED Magazine Corporate Service Award of Excellence (Construction And Engineering Company Category; Black Diamond Engineering Limited 2021 CED Magazine Corporate Service Award of Excellence (Civil Engineering Company Category; El-Fad Concept Limited-2021 CED Magazine Corporate Service Award Of Excellence in Civil Engineering/Sewage Company Category; Pwan Plus Business Concerns Ltd 2021 CED Magazine Corporate Service Award of Excellence in Luxury Real Estate Development and Marketing Company Category.
In response on behalf of all the awardees, Lady Josephine Nweze, Managing Director, News Engineering Nigeria Limited, took time to appreciate the organizers for their efforts in the past 25 years of providing the needed information and encourading standard in the industry practice in Nigeria. She added that an award is an encouragement to awardees to always be focus and believe in whatever one is doing, that someone somewhere is watching with keen interest and that the award should serve as a motivational factor for them to do more in the construction and engineering industry irrespective of the challenges in Nigeria country.