Since joining Ikeja Engineers family, I have observed that the Branch carefully cultivated tradition of nurturing leaders and had, over the years sustained this spirit. This is not surprising as the Branch from inception had the good fortune of being led by change makers, innovators and trailblazers in their various engineering disciplines.
Ikeja Branch has produced Impressive list of Engineering leaders all of who have left positive footprint in the sand of time. They are:
Engr Olu Awoyinfa, (Founder) (Former Secretary WFEO)
- Late Engr. (Dr) Ralph Adeola Alabi, FNSE (First Nigerian M.D. and Chairman of Guinness Nigeria Limited)
- Engr. Chike Morah, FNSE,
- Late Engr. Oludaiye, FNSE,
- Engr. Felix Oguamanam, MNSE,
- Engr. Ayo Fanimokun, FNSE
- Engr. Kunle Adebajo, FNSE
- Engr. M. Abiodun Awe, FNSE
- Engr. T.M. Olatunji, FNSE
- Engr. Mrs. Margaret Oguntala, FNSE
- Engr. Bola Akinribido, FNSE
- Engr Adeolu Ogundare, FNSE
Ikeja Branch is an unashamedly Engineering Leadership Factory. It nurtured internal culture that encourage active engineers develop to become effective leaders. It has produced various leaders who have distinguished themselves in their every strata of the society. Too numerous to mention in Academic, professional and public policy. The Branch pride itself as the Branch to beat due to its vibrancy and willingness to take up challenges. It was one of the first Branches to establish Young Engineers Forum long before the official establishment by the National Secretariat. It won the NSE Group Dynamic Competition on three occasions. The Branch had received the Presidential Award every year since 1997.
…. It has also produced President of Nigerian Society of Engineers in person of Engr Isaac Olorunfemi, FNSE as well as host of others like Engr Dr Olatunji, Engr (Mrs) Margaret Oguntala, Engr Idiat Amosu, and many more who has served the National Engineering Council.. Ikeja Engineers also have leaders of NSE Divisions at National level such has Engr Amos Omopeloye (NICE), Engr Saliu Lawal (Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers), Engr Robbie Owivry James (Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers) Engr Ayo Fanimokun (Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers, NIMechE), Engr Kunle Adebajo (Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineers, NIStructE), Engr Bola Bido, (Nigerian Institution of Aeronautic Engineers, NIAE). This is not to mention numerous Ikeja Family members who have going into Politics and making the Branch proud.
Today, I present to you the next in line of these illustrious leaders: Engr Akintayo Akintola FNSE, FNIMechE the 12th Chairman of NSE Ikeja Branch.
Who is Engr Akintola ?
Akintola Akintayo Charles was born in Ibadan into the famous Akintola family of Ogbomoso, Oyo State. He had his early education at Omolewa Nursery and Primary Institution, Ibadan, African Church Grammar School and Loyola College both in Ibadan, Oyo State.. He worked briefly with the Oyo State Civil Service before proceeding to the Polytechnic Ibadan for his Advance Level programme. He gained admission to the University of Ibadan where he had his first degree in Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and thereafter doubled it with a Master’s in Engineering.
Over the course of the years, he has attended many professional courses both within and outside Nigeria to develop himself and also impart the same knowledge on others. He is a member of many professional bodies. He has handled many Engineering Project for various Clients within and Outside Nigeria. He is proudly an Engineer who is proudly an OGBOMOSO, a NIGERIAN and AFRICAN who will never take it to address anyone or himself or address him as a BLACK Man.
His career has spanned various organistaions such as Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, Nigeria ( as Lecturer), OLUVIL Ventures, Ibadan, Oyo State (as Field Engineer), Nigerian Bottling Company Plc, Lagos and Maiduguri (as Maintenance Engineer), Unilever Nigeria Plc, Lagos and Aba (as Project Engineer/ TPM Manager), Daid Nigeria Limited, Lagos (as Assistant General Manager), Christlieb Plc, Lagos (as Production Manager). While he is currently Managing Director, CharlieDebby Consult, Lagos, and Managing Partner, at Dynamicinitiative Limited, Lagos,
Ever a man who offer himself for services for the development of the engineering and the community, he has, through the years serve the Nigerian Society of Engineers in various capacities among which are: Electoral Committee Member, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Maiduguri Branch (1999), General Secretary, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Aba Branch (2000), Ex Officio Members, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Ikeja Branch (2003 – 2004), Technical Secretary, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Ikeja Branch, (2005 – 2007), Membership Secretary, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Ikeja Branch, (2007 – 2008), General Secretary, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Ikeja Branch (2008 – 2010, 2011-2012), Ex-Officio, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Ikeja Branch (2010 – 2011), Vice Chairman, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Ikeja Branch (2013), General Secretary, Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Lagos Chapter (2009 – 2011), Member, Membership Board, Nigerian Society of Engineers (2005 – 2008), National Executive Committee Member, Nigerian Society of Engineers (2007, 2011, 2012, 2013), Chairman, Award & Endowment Committee, Nigerian Society of Engineers (2007), Member, Human Resources Dev & Research Committee(Professional Development) 2008 – 2009, Member, Admission Committee (Membership),2007 – 2010, Member, Facilities Committee, Nigerian Society of Engineers, (2010), Alt Vice Chairman, Professional Development Board, Nigerian Society of Engineers (2007, 2011), Vice Chairman, Professional Development Board, Nigerian Society of Engineers, (2012), Chairman, Continuing Education & Training Committee, Nigerian Society of Engineers (2011, 2012), Vice Chairman, Code & Standard Committee, (2011), Vice Chairman, Editorial Board Nigerian Engineers, (2011, 2013), Vice Chairman. Editorial Board Technical Transaction Journal, (2012), Vice Chairman, Corporate Resources and Media Board, Nigerian Society of Engineers, (2013), Chairman, Publicity and Media, Nigerian Society of Engineers , (2013), Vice Chairman, Conference Planning Committee, (2013), Member. Committee on Policy for NSE Representation in Statutory Boards, (2013), Vice Chairman, Finance and General Purpose, Nigerian Society of Engineers, (2014), Chairman, Properties and Investment, Nigerian Society of Engineers, (2014), Vice Chairman, Budget Monitoring Committee, , Nigerian Society of Engineers, (2014), Member. Statutory Audit Committee, Exco Nominee,Nigerian Society of Engineers (2014), Member. Committee on NSE Representation in Statutory Boards, (2014), Vice Chairman, Conference Planning Committee, (2015), National General Secretary, Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Member. Committee on NSE Group Dynamics (Division), 2016, Vice Chairman; NSE Ikeja Branch, (2013-2016).
And now….Chairman, Nigerian Society of Engineers (2016 – Date)
A highly devoted family man, he is married to the favour of God – Oyebisi ‘Ladun Akintola and Blessed with Inioluwa Mogbonjubola Omobonike. He is also an Ordained Minister of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
A mentor to many young engineers and those in mid career, he has served as the bridge between youths and established engineers over the years and provided pathway and guide for many to build their life mission. Ever a man willing to serve, it is no surprise that his hobby encapsulate the words of Mahatma Gandhi The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” His is Service and more Services. He is ever ready: Whether it is engineering or community development. And he does his works with humility.
We at the My Engineers congratulate him as he becomes the new NSE Ikeja Branch Chairman. We wish him more wisdom in leading the Ikeja Engineering Family and building on the vision of our founding Fathers.
Join us on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Ralph Alabi Engineering Centre at 11am as we witness investiture of another great Engineer from Ikeja family. Join to usher in another engineering year for one of the most Innovative and forward looking Branches of Nigerian Society of Engineers
Ikeja Branch holds meeting every first Thursday of the Month at its Permanent Secretariat Complex located at Oba-Ogunji Road, beside Forte Oil Filling Station, Via Pen-Cinema, Ogba-Agege, Lagos.