BEING THE VALEDICTORY SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE 19TH BRANCH CHAIRMAN OF THE NIGERIAN SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS ILORIN, ENGR. JOSEPH SUNDAY ADEBAYO, FNSE, FNIEEE AT THE 2018 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE BRANCH HELD ON THURSDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER, 2018 AT THE BRANCH ENGINEERING CENTRE, TANKE, ILORIN.
The Past Chairmen of the Branch, Fellows of the Society, the Executives and Members of NSE Ilorin Branch, ladies and gentlemen.
It is with great delights and pleasure that I stand before you today to deliver my valedictory speech after a memorable two years of selfless services to the society.
I give gratitude to the Almighty God, the greatest of all, for seeing us through a very busy fulfilling and very successful tenure of office.
I am overwhelmed with the support given to me, and the executive members by the entire members of our great society.
I wish to express my sincere appreciation to our heroes; Past Chairmen of the Branch for their selfless services and continuous contributions towards moving our Society to greater heights.
This day marks the end of my stay in office as the 19th Chairman of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Ilorin Branch and it will also usher in a new beginning for our dear Branch.
In the last two years, we worked hard to ensure NSE Ilorin punches its weight on the National and State stage by executing great programmes, improving our interaction with the government and we created better opportunities for our profession in the process. Also, we facilitated local patronage of the indigenous Engineers to encourage growth and development of the state and the nation at large.
We worked tirelessly and left no stone unturned in ensuring the fulfillment of the promises we made when you gave us this mandate in 2016.
We are proud to be part of the struggle that led to the approval of new entry point for engineering graduates into the civil service. Our very first assignment in office was a lobbying visit to the then Kwara State Head of Service, Hajia Sarah Omar to win her support towards the proposed new entry point for our graduates. We give glory to Almighty God as this had been approved by the Council of Establishments and work is ongoing to fast-track its implementation.
In the last 24months, we organized a number of professional activities ranging from Technical Sessions during Monthly General Meetings, Annual Public Lectures, Workshops, Industrial/Site Visits, among others.
We fulfilled our promise of prudency and transparency by ensuring no single kobo is released from the purse of the Branch without due request and approval. Like we did during the first AGM (2017) of this dispensation last year, the financial and Auditor’s report will also be presented during the AGM today.
On the BEC Auditorium project, the BEC Development Committee led by my mentor, Engr. O.O. Oshanisi, FNSE, were able to complete the internal and external rendering of the auditorium. They have also completed the conduit work of the auditorium and already had the approval and the cash backing to complete the toilets (existing and new ones) and some other mini works.
I believe we can all testify to the fact that programmes of the Branch were adequately publicized using various mediums, ranging from social media, print media, visual and audio media, thanks to our ever-active Publicity Secretary who hardly let his camera lens miss a scene.
Having the philosophy of catching them young, we organized the Maiden Quiz and Debate Competition for Secondary School Students. The Overall Best Students at the Quiz and Debate Competitions went home with Android Tablet Phones. Other outstanding participants went home with fabulous cash prizes while other participants were also presented consolation prizes.
We also organized Annual Career Day for Secondary School Students, during which Resource Persons of high repute did justice to different sessions to introduce the Engineering Profession to the Students.
The Branch organized NSE Orientation Seminar for the Engineering Students of University of Ilorin and Kwara State University Malete and graduating Engineering Students of University of Ilorin, Kwara State University, Malete and Landmark University, Omu-Aran were inducted as Graduate Members of the Society.
We paid visits to Yikpata NYSC Orientation Camp to address the Engineering Corp Members and making the Society nearer to them, encouraging them to get registered as Graduate Members of the Society.
Because of my firm believe that there should be proper monitoring of Engineering projects going on within the state, I inaugurated Engineering Regulation and Monitoring (ERM) Committee with a past Chairman of the Branch; Engr. KamilOlalekan, FNSE, as the Chief Inspector. This committee worked tirelessly to ensure the inspection and monitoring of various public and private Engineering projects going on in the state. At this juncture, I must say a very big thank you to the Chief Inspector and his team for their selfless services and for all their personal resources they committed in getting the work done.
This workaholic EXCO resuscitated the Engineering Week of the Branch. Last year’s edition was a memorable event-packed week and this year’s own promises to be more interesting. So I want to use this medium to urge all members of the Branch to actively take part in the lined up activities of the 2018 Engineering Week of the Branch.
Our hard work during my first year in office paid off at the National stage during the Group Dynamics Competition for Branches at the 2017 Annual National Engineering Conference of the Nigerian Society of Engineers held in Abuja. NSE Ilorin Branch came 12thas against the 46th position (last among the 46 Branches that participated in the competition)we took in 2016. With the excellent programmes we have staged within the last 12months, we strongly believe Ilorin Branch will do great at the 2018 Group Dynamics Competition for Branches.
One of the highlights of the success of this dispensation was getting Omu-Aran Branch approved by the Council of Nigerian Society of Engineers and Inaugurated by the NSE President, Engr. AdekunleOlumuyiwaMokuolu, FNSE as the 70th Branch of the prestigious Nigerian Society of Engineers. We have also put all machineries in place to get Offa Branch approved at the next Council Meeting of the Society.
With our determination and promise to bring the Society closer to our senior colleagues, heads of government agencies and captains of industries, we paid visit to some Engineering Establishments and Government Agencies: BAL Engineering Construction Ltd, INDEX Engineering Consults Ltd, Sanisi& Partnership, ENCON Associates, Intermicrotel International Ltd, National Centre for Hydropower Research and Development (NACHRED), DangotePlc, Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority (LNRBDA), Federal Ministry of Power, Works, and Housing (Kwara State Field Headquarters), Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), University of Ilorin Works Department, University of Ilorin Physical Planning Unit, Kwara State University Malete, Landmark University Omu-Aran, Crown-Hills University Eiyenkorin, Federal Polytechnic Offa, Kwara State Ministry of Water Resources, KAMWIL Nig. Ltd, Terzarghi Engineering Ltd, Polar Petrochemicals Nig. Ltd, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) Ganmo, PATHS Electrical Co., amongst others.
Under my watch, the Branch maintained a very good relationship with the Government as we attended Public Hearings on “FACTORS MITIGATING EFFECTIVE WATER SUPPLY IN ILORIN METROPOLIS” and “KWARA STATE PUBLIC PROCUREMENT AGENCY BILL 2017” at the Kwara State House of Assembly.
The Branch facilitated a Courtesy Call of President Otis Anyaeji, FNSE, FAEng. to the Executive Governor of Kwara State, H.E Alh. Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed at the State Government House in Ilorin and the then Vice-Chancellor of the better by far University of Ilorin, Prof. Abdul-GaniyuAmbali.
The Branch was represented at the Technical and Financial Bid Openings at Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (U.I.T.H) and National Centre for Agricultural Mechanizations (NCAM).
We took part in the On-Spot Assessment of ongoing Federal Projects in the State by Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing on the 7th April, 2018.
The Branch was also represented at the Official Launching of Kwara State Health Insurance Scheme and we were among the special guests at the Special Dinner organized by the First Lady of Kwara State, Deaconess Omolewa Ahmed in honour of the Hon. Minister of Women Affairs & Social Development.
The growth and development of members in the Branch are reflected in their achievements and impact on the larger community as six members of the Branch were conferred the Fellowship of Professional Bodies: Engr. Prof. B.F. Sule, FAEng., Engr. K.A Adeoti, FNICE, Engr. Dr. O.A. Ogunjirin, FNIAE, Engr. Mohammed Babakobi, FNSE, Engr. TajudeenOlatokeOlanipekun, FNSE and my humble self Engr. J.S. Adebayo, FNIEEE, FNSE.
My reign as the Chairman brought many positive omens for the Branch as many members got appointed/elected as head of institutions, establishments and associations: Amb. Prof. M.G. Yisa, MNSE – Nigeria Envoy to Tokyo, Japan, Engr. Prof. J.A. Olorunmaiye, FNSE – Vice Chancellor, Crown-Hills University Eiyenkorin, Engr. Prof. AbdulkareemSulyman Age, MNSE – Vice Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Engr. Prof. B.F. Sule, FNSE, FAEng – Deputy Vice Chancellor (Management Services), University of Ilorin, Engr. Dr. A.S. Aremu, MNSE – Managing Director, Lower Niger River Basin Development Authourity, Engr. Dr. J.M. Abdul, MNSE – Deputy Rector (Academics), Federal Polytechnic Offa, Engr. Dr. Y.O. Oyebode, MNSE – Deputy Rector (Academics), Kwara State Polytechnic Ilorin, Engr. M.W. Kamila, FNSE, mni – Board Member, National Space Research and Development Centre (NASRDA), Engr.Prof. A.G.F. Alabi, FNSE – Provost, College of Engineering and Technology, Kwara State University Malete, Engr. Dr. Mrs. O.A.A. Eletta, MNSE – Ag. Director of Consultancy Services, University of Ilorin, Engr. Dr. Mrs. N.T. Surajudeen-Bakinde, MNSE – H.O.D, Electrical & Electronics Department, University of Ilorin, Engr. Dr. J.K. Odusote, MNSE – Ag. Director of Technical and Entrepreneurship Centre, University of Ilorin, Engr. Dr. Mrs. T.E. Odetoye, MNSE – H.O.D, Chemical Engineering Department, University of Ilorin, Engr. Dr. Y.L. Shuaib-Babata, MNSE- H.O.D, Metallurgical & Materials Science Engineering Department, University of Ilorin, Engr. SemiuOdenike, MNSE – Director of Works, Fountain University Osogbo, Engr. L.K. Ahmed, MNSE – Publicity Secretary, Kwara Coalition of Business and Professional Associations (KWACOBPA), amongst others.
We supported the programmes of Divisions of the Society: Nigerian Institution of Agricultural Engineers (NIAE), Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers (NICE), Nigerian Institution of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (NIEEE), Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers (NIMechE), and Association of Professional Women Engineers (APWEN), Kwara State Chapter.
We also maintained good relationship with other professional bodies and associations: Kwara Chamber of Commerce Industry Mines & Agriculture (KWACCIMA), Kwara Coalition of Business & Professional Bodies (KWACOBPA), Nigerian Union of Jounalists (NUJ), Nigerian Institute of Hydrogeologists (NIH), KWALIBS, Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyours (NIQS), amongst others.
We honoured the invitation of some of our Sister-Branches: Osogbo, Ogbomoso, andAkure Branch of NSE.
We celebrated with our members during the Wedding Ceremony of their children: daughter of Engr. Dr. Mrs. O.A.A. Eletta, MNSE, daughter of Engr. A.W. Omatsone, FNSE, son of Engr. (Dr.) Ahmed Mustapha, FNSE, daughter of Engr. M.S. Sanni, FNSE, son of Engr. M.W. Kamila, FNSE, son of Engr. (Hon.) R.K. Shittu, FNSE and son of Amb. Prof. M.G. Yisa, MNSE.
We also attended the Naming Ceremony of the children of some of our members: daughter of Engr. S.A. Yahaya, MNSE, son of Engr. Mrs. B.A. Jimoh, MNSE, and daughter of Engr. B.A. Garba, MNSE.
We were in attendance at the 60th Birthday of the Chairman/CEO of Bitto Engineering Ltd, Engr. Ahmed Kola Ibrahim, FNSE, and the official commissioning of his School, Royal Crescent Valley International Girls School.
We also attended the Induction Ceremony of Engr. Prof. B.F. Sule, FNSE, FAEng. as a Fellow of the Academy of Engineering in Nigeria.
As a good Christian, I know there are a time to be born and a time to die, a time of joy and a moment of sorrow. It saddens my heart to remember we lost some of our finest members to the cold hands of death during this dispensation: Late Engr. A.S. Magaji, MNSE, Late Engr. J.O. Akande, MNSE, the Pioneer Chairman of NSE Ilorin Branch; Late Engr. H.O. Ijaiya, FNSE, Late Engr. Mrs. BoladeEyinla, MNSE, and Engr. AbanisheIsmailaOlalekan, MNSE. Some of our members also lost some of their dearests: Mother-Inlaw of the COREN Registrar and the darling Wife of Engr. A.S. Ekunboyejo, MNSE. It is on this note I want us to stand on our feet and observe a minute silence in honour of the departed souls…… may their gentle souls continue to rest in perfect peace, Amen.
Before I end my speech, I wish to sincerely appreciates my EXCO Member in 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 for their hard work and selfless service to the Branch. My able Vice Chairman, I appreciate your dedication, support and loyalty towards my golden course. To my amiable and efficient General Secretary, I cannot but thank you enough for your unquantifiable services to the Branch. You are indeed a rare kind of your breed. To other members of 2016/2017 & 2017/2018 EXCO, I really appreciate all the wonderful roles you played in ensuring we achieve these great feats. God bless you all, Amen.
I also want to appreciate my employer, the better by far University of Ilorin, the Director and Staffs of Works Department, and most importantly, Staffs of Electrical Unit of Works Department, University of Ilorin for their wonderful supports and encouragement. I believe I have represented you well.
This speech will not be complete if I fail to appreciate my better halve, my darling Wife, that Woman who had to pass some nights alone whenever NSE assignments takes me away from home for days. And I want to use her appreciation to appreciate the spouses of my team of EXCO for their sacrifices and patience, we indeed know your worth and we remain grateful. Thank you and we want you to know that we love you now and forever we shall love you.
As my speech winds up, I want to charge members of the Branch to put sentiments apart and vote for credible candidates at the polls today. We cannot afford to take this Branch backward again.
I wish the candidates all the best at the polls and I want to emphasize that the continuous support of all the Past Chairmen, Fellows, Elders, and Members will still be very much needed if the next Executive members are to succeed in moving our Branch to the next level in the year 2018/2019.
Thanks for your time and God bless.
Engr. Joseph Sunday ADEBAYO, FNIEEE, FNSE
19th Branch Chairman, NSE Ilorin Branch.