As the 31st President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Engr. Adekunle Mokoulu bows out from office officially on 31st December, 2019. I find it worthy to write this piece, to bid him farewell and to appreciate this erudite personality for all the contributions he rendered to this noble society, and to narrate some of my experiences with him being one of my mentors in engineering.
How can I define Engr. Adekunle Mokoulu FNSE?
Engr. Adekunle Mokoulu FNSE is a person that is passionate and committed to the course of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and the engineering profession, a hardworking man, a leader who leads with capacity, a highly religious man, and a great mentor to all those who are able to be his mentees. Our paths first crossed on April, 2017 during my formative years in service of apex engineering students body, as pioneer National President of the Nigerian Universities Engineering Students Association (NUESA), to introduce the National body and to seek for his fatherly advice, words of blessing, and support in actualizing the cardinal objectives of NUESA. He commended me for the presentation I made before him and urged that I continue with the good works, he narrated some of his experiences as Students Union Leader, he advised us to focus on our studies, and finally he pledged to support our activities, of which he did in his capacity as Deputy President and President (2018-2019).Those that joined me in the meeting were Mustapha Tanimu Gano my former Treasurer from KUST Wudil, Ayuba Akinpelu and Abdulhamid Saidu Bunu. The warm reception we received from him is still fresh in our memory.
His Support to National Engineering Conference, 2017.
Engr. Adekunle Mokoulu FNSE was among the few individuals that made their personal support/donation to fund National Students Conference, then as Deputy President of the Society. After the conference, i took the conference souvenirs which comprise of magazine and jotters to him. He inquired whether i have done same to the President of which I affirmed that I have done same to him, he thanked me and wished me well.
His Investiture as the 31st President of the Society.
To make him happy and to be part of the celebration, I made an online flyer to congratulate him on his investiture as the 31st President of the Society which held on 12th January, 2018. I also mobilized my National Executives and friends to witness his investiture, I must commend the following for honoring my personal invitation to witnesse his investiture; Muhammad Abubakar Magjee Former SUG President ATBU, Muhammad Al amin Isa, Khaleed Ahmed Kumo and Abdulhamid Saidu Bunu. I lead them to exchanged pleasantries with him and with the then outgoing President Engr. Otis Oliver Anyaeji FNSE and with the incoming President Engr. Babagana Mohammed FNSE and other NSE National Executives. The event also provided an opportunity for some of my colleagues to have a photo with former President Olesegun Obasanjo, who was there as Distinguished Guest of Honour.
His First Event after Investiture
The 1st event attended by Engr. Adekunle Mokoulu after his investiture was the Dinner and Award Night I invited him, which held at Auditorium hall of National Engineering Centre, Abuja. And for the passion he has for young engineers, he even arrived earlier than most of the guest, he was accompanied by one of his National Exco member Engr. Ibitoye Kilomodemo FNSE. He presented Awards of excellence and recognition to deserving students, and we presented a Congratulatory Card to him on his investiture and also conferred on him the rank of Grand Patron of NUESA National Body as enshrined in the constitution. He delivered his fatherly advice and wished us safe trip back to our various destinations, he even went further to donate a token to us, which was collected by my successor. We also used the opportunity to inaugurate new NUESA National Executives.
One thing , that I will never forget that night, was when he moved closer to my ear and said, “Yusuf; I want to work with you, I want you to be closer to me” he even went further to say “if you have any problem, let me know”.
My Appointment into an adhoc Committee
In less than two months of his investiture, I received a phone call from him, after exchanging pleasantries with him, he told me that there was a committee he appointed that is saddle with the responsibility of drafting a white paper of NSE position on the Amendment of COREN act in 2018, so he want me to be part of the committee as an observer so as to learn more from the discussions and deliberations that will be made, he requested me to forward my email address to the Executive Secretary, which I obliged. And in less than 24hrs I received my letter of appointment. It was a great honour to have served in the same Committee with the Past President of the Society Engr. F.A Shonube FNSE, Past Registrar of COREN and Chairman Board of Fellows of NSE Engr. Felix Atume FNSE who also double as the chairman of the Committee, and KADA2018 Conference Planning Committee Chairman Engr. Isha Emoabino FNSE. I am very happy that some of the resolutions reached at the Committee has made it to the amended act which was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.
My Trip to United Kingdom
In june 2018, I received an e-mail from the Executive Secretary of the Society, that my name has been included in Nigerian delegation to Global Engineering Conference (GEC2018) Scheduled to hold in London, United Kingdom between 22nd-27th October 2018. I immediately, put a call to the President and thanked him for including my name in the delegation. My trip to London is one of the unforgettable experiences of my life being not only the first time I travelled out of the country but also the first time I boarded a plane. Beside the knowledge gained from conference proceedings the trip also accorded me an opportunity to meet new people outside the country, made new friends, and visit to; historic monuments, Buckingham Palace, 10th Downing Street, London Bridge among others. We spent almost a week in London!
One thing that we couldn’t actualize under the watch of Engr. Adekunle Mokoulu is having a well structured Young Engineers Forum of Nigeria (YEFoN) National Body, our believe is YEFoN National Body will help in bridging the gap of communication between the Society and the young engineers, and will help in increasing the membership strength of the Society, as we are proposing to work towards increasing the membership strength of graduates and students from 23,500 to 50,000 before 2022. But leadership being a continues process, we hope it will be actualize under the watch of the incoming President Engr. Babagana Mohammed FNSE.
As the tenure of Engr. Adekunle Mokoulo FNSE officially end today on 31st December 2019, it is incumbent upon me to congratulate him on the successful completion of his tenure, it is not easy to lead a complex society like the Nigerian Society of Engineers, I congratulate him on the modest achievements recorded under his watch, I thank him for all the moral support and encouragement he showered on me even as I look forward to subjecting myself to his mentorship, I will always be loyal not only to him, but to the past presidents of the society, incoming presidents and all the stakeholders of the society. I wish him well in all his future endeavours!
Ahmed Yusuf GNSE