The 5th edition of what is today the most prestigious event and honour in the construction and engineering industry in Nigeria, Nigeria’s Construction Industry Hall of Fame and Construction Technology Development Forum was held on the 27th of September 2019 at the Sheraton Hotel, Lagos.
The theme of the event centred around innovations, technology, and industry, titled ‘Accelerating Wide-Scale Technology and Innovation Adoption in the Energy Market’.
The sub-theme was ‘Implementing Digital Disruption and Capacity Building Effectively In The Built Environment’ and In attendance were dignitaries, including the minister of works and housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN represented by the federal controller of works and housing (housing) in Lagos Esv. Mrs. Alawode, S. I.; Arc. Gabriel Aduku, FNIA, former minister of state for health and past president of Nigeria Institute of Architects, Engr. Kunle Ogunbayo, FNSE, FAEng and past president of Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Engr. Ebenezer B. Osob, FNSE, past president of Federation of Construction Industry in Nigeria (FOCEN) also past president of Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), ESV Bode Adediji, FNIVS, past president of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, Blde. Kenneth Nduka, FNIOB, PPNIOB and Bldr. Kunle Awobodu, FNIOB, current president, Nigerian Institute of Building, speakers include Engr. Ifeoluwa Oyedele, FNSE, Executive Director, Engineering and Technical Services, Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), Engr. Dane Osim-Asu, FNSE, honourable commissioner for works, Cross River State, Arc. Mobolaji Adeniyi, FNIA, 3rd Vice President, Nigeria Institute of Architects. Others include Engr. Dr. Victor Oyenuga, FNSE; Engr. Funmilade Akingbagbohun, FNSE, president, NSE, Ikeja Branch, as well as toher well-wishers, and the media.
The event was chaired by His Royal Highness Engr. Otis Oliver Anyaeji, FNSE, FAEng, PPNSE and current president of West Africa Federal of Engineering Organisation (WAFEO).
The program was put together to induct into Nigeria’s Construction Industry Hall of Fame 2019, legacy-driven professionals who have merited it based on their contributions and impact in their various fields. This event is held bi-annually.
To kick-start the event, the National Coordinator of Construction Industry Hall of Fame Development Foundation-NGO and Publisher, CED Magazine the organizer of the event, Kenneth Odusola-Stevenson took the audience through the genesis of the Nigeria’s Construction Industry Hall of Fame and its importance to the Industry which includes honouring the present and connecting the future. He further stated that the platform which started in 2011 has grown to become the most prestigious platform for connecting the industry players together under one umbrella.
The chairman on the occasion, His Royal Highness Engr. Otis Oliver Anyaeji, FNSE, FAEng, PPNSE and president West Africa Federation of Engineering Organisation, himself a hall of famer, haven been inducted in 2013 spoke on the need for Nigeria to continue to recognize professionals who are making tremendous sacrifice and contributing to nation building, despite the unnecessary challenges.
He urged the past and present inductees to see their induction as a call to further contribute to the profession and the nation.
The honourable minister of works, H. E. Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, represented by ESV. Alwode urged the newly inducted members of the hall of fame to see their induction as a call to further give more to their profession and the nation.
The minster used to occasion to highlight some key strategies by the ministry to ensure professionals get their due patronage and confirmed government’s readiness to partner with the professionals to move the infrastructure sector to the next level.
Arc. Mrs Mobolaji Adeniyi who is the third vice president of the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA) eased the event into a mentally stimulating conversation on digital disruption, its accompanying benefits and how they can be incorporated into the architectural industry to produce tremendous results. She urged key players in this sector to let go of the traditional methods that have without doubt become obsolete and embrace the change that has come to stay, no matter how difficult or disruptive it might appear.
Arc. Adeniyi’s presentation concluded with her encouraging key players and industry experts to use materials that can be easily sourced locally to reduce importation while ensuring that they are responsible in the way these products are acquired. She posed the introspective and rhetorical question “are we prepared to compete on an international play-ground?”, to do so we must ensure that we move with the rest of the world.
The Commissioner for Works, Cross-River State, Hon. Engr. Dane Osim-Asu, presented a case study on the approach used by Cross-River state to champion sustainable construction projects from inception to execution to completion.
He stressed on the need for other states to incorporate the model been used by the government of Cross River State which is the ‘Modified Direct Labour Model’ that enables the government to directly carry-out projects in collaboration with service providers, instead of awarding contracts to independent bidders.
These service providers are made up of contractors, suppliers, amongst others, and this method enables the conceptualization of projects even in the face of limited resources. Other benefits include cost-effectiveness, efficiency in providing deliverables, eliminating issues of communities requesting compensations when projects need to be done in such areas by ensuring that a sense of ownership is fostered with them first.
Fiscal transparency and accountability are necessary for good governance and it should be imbibed, especially when it comes to carrying out state projects and incurring expenditures.
The final speech was given on subject matter titled ‘Accelerating Wide-Scale Technology and Innovation Adoption in the Energy Market’ by Engr. Ifeoluwa Oyedele. He emphasized on the need for grassroots interventions if we want to see such levels of solutions implemented. The need for training and realistic solutions to the existing crisis and not the other way around are the steps that need to be taken. He urged those in strategic positions in government to do the needful and not carry on with business-as-usual as they need to identify those distressing situations first in their regions before they can talk about saving Nigeria as a whole – charity begins at home.
The event was brought to a close with the decoration ceremony of the 2019 inductees and among them was the highly esteemed Otunba Builder, Fatai I. Oshikoya, FNIOB, PPNIOB the first builder in Nigerian who would also be turning 92, in a few months, Engr. Ifeoluwa Oyedele, FNSE; Engr. Emmanuel Audu-Ahwavborua, FNSE; Bldr. Kenneth Nnabife Nduka, FNIOB, PPNIOB; Engr. Mrs. Joanna Olu Maduka, FNSE, FAEng, past president Nigerian Academy of Engineering; Enrg. Mrs. Mayen Adetiba, FNSE, FAEng; Prof. Zacheus Opafunso, FNSE, FIIP, FNSME, first Professor of Mining Engineering in Nigeria; Engr. Nwadike Jone, FNSE, FNICE, FNIHTE; Engr. Alamiesigha Godknows, FNSE, FNIHTE; Engr. Aderemi Oseni, MNSE, C. Eng; ESV. Bode Adediji, FNIOB, PPNIOB; Engr. Dr. Bankole Ilesanmi, FNSE; Engr. Marth Ikhalo, FNSE; Engr. Victor Akpan, MNSE, FNIMechE; Engr. Francis Oriakhi, FNSE; FNICE, FIMC and Engr. Dane Osim-Asu, FNSE; Engr. Adeyemo Jacob Titilope, FIMC, MNSE. Not left out is Denki Wire and Cable Nigeria Limited, the only corporate inductee.
The event was rounded up with lunch for the inductees and their guests including the participant at the Construction Technology Development Forum.