KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT THE INDUCTION OF GRADUATE CORPORATE MEMBERS, AWARDS AND PUBLIC LECTURE ORGANISED BY THE NSE OSOGBO BRANCH IN COLLABORATION WITH THE FACULTY OF ENGINEERING, UNIOSUN
SERVICE TO THE ENGINEERS &; THE SOCIETY IS THE BEST WORK OF LIFE!!!!
We are delighted to have all of you here today! Thank you very much for being part of today’s epoch making event. As we are gathered in this auditorium today, many of our colleagues and friends around the globe are watching this event live, through online streaming on YouTube. My joy knows no bound today with this remarkable crowd. We welcome you all!
PURPOSE OF GATHERING
We have gathered here today to induct our determined Graduate and Corporate Members who by all standards have distinguished themselves in skill and learning in the field of Engineering. We have gathered here to also recognize the efforts of some distinguished Personalities who have excelled and carved a niche for themselves in their various field of specialization by honouring them with Awards. Finally, to listen to a Septuagenarian who will be delivering a thought provoking lecture titled; Global Energy Sector Responses to Climate Change. Prof. Olayiwola Fagbenle, a fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, was the pioneer Chairman of the Osogbo Branch of NSE (1982-1986) and presently the Chairman Governing Council of Osun State College of Technology Esa Oke.
We will also be formally presenting 6 students of the Faculty of Engineering for the prestigious NSE Osogbo Branch Award. These gallant Students have met and excelled in all the necessary academic requirements as prescribed by this University. They have also been found worthy in character as far as we know. It is hoped that this arrangement will bring additional benefits, particularly to Students, the Faculty and Nigerian Society of Engineers, at large.
GOALS IN PURSUIT OF OUR VISION AND MISSION
Distinguished Guests, our vision of becoming a more responsive, recognized and viable branch of NSE within the shortest possible time, remains constant and focused. To this end, we have continued to double our efforts in three main areas of this regime.
The construction and completion of our purpose-built, Permanent Branch Secretariat, located at the back of Zarah Guest House, Ajagbemonkeferi, Onward Area, Osogbo;
Increase in membership drive by engaging in more impactful professional activities.
Building of academic partnerships and linkages among our Tertiary Institutions, Government Establishments and Media Organizations, to enhance our capacity.
-Establishment of Osogbo Examination Centre which today can be rated as one of the best in the Country
-Osogbo Branch won 2nd Best Branch at the 2015 Group Dynamics Competition among other 63 Branches, +
-NSE Osogbo youtube channel which caters for the Live streaming of all NSE programs and events.
-Partnership with the Osun State University on professional trainings of intending and corporate members.
-NSE Osogbo Permanent Secretariat
Construction of the Permanent Secretariat, foundation of which was laid on 8th June, 2006 during the regime of Engr Nurudeen Adeagbo FNSE as the Chairman has its adjoining hall completed and currently in use. The adjoining hall is one the seven main halls designed for the Secretariat for meetings and other professional activities. The partitioning of the offices of Chairman and the Secretary were done last year and have been put to use while construction of the Multi-purpose Hall is the main focus for now. We are convinced that, by the grace of God, the Multi-purpose Hall, among other works will be completed soon, before the end of my tenure this year.
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, we are participating in today’s event precisely because most of us here, if not all, believe that in today’s world, education is key to progress and prosperity of individuals, communities, and nations. As J. F. Kennedy, former president of the United States of America once said our progress as a nation, can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource. This is the reason why when it comes to matters affecting education in our country, we need to handle them objectively, devoid of partisan political considerations. As a nation, we should be prepared, and indeed willing to sacrifice our last naira to educate the last soul, because education is our future and our future is education.
Malcom X once said; Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. We must therefore make sure that people who have the grades, the desire and the will, but not the money, can still get the best education possible.
You have a world to win! You can make a difference and you dare not fail! You have in your hands, the power to create the kind of life you want to live, and also help create the kind of world, and a kind of nation you want to see. YOU MUST BE DIFFERENT! Go as an ambassador with a mission and a mandate. Go and change your world. May the good Lord give you the grace to do that.
Your regular attendance at your desired Branch General Meetings and all engineering programs will go a long way in assisting you to access essential services. You are also expected to pay regularly all your fees at the branch. I urge you to do away with anything that could form a clog in the wheel of progress of the society but rather to support the present administration under the leadership of Engr Otis Oliver Anyaeji FNSE, in moving the Society forward.
My list is endless but I must appreciate the Governor of the State, Ogbeni Engr Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, FNSE who despite all odds give his time to identify with NSE Osogbo and accord due recognition to Engineers in the State. To all our Awardees of today, you are all Men of honour and integrity, gentlemen as quiet as doves. All your models are thus held up for admiration, imitation and emulation.
I want to appreciate all my Predecessors for their support and the inspirations in steering the ship of our Branch. To all Members of the Branch, I say thank you for your commitments. You have always been my backbone. To the Management and Staff of Osun State University, I need to commend the leadership for the transformation you are selflessly, silently but effectively bringing about in the great university. This collaboration is quite ingenious and is the way to go in the quest for greater professionalism in all branches of engineering. We appreciate all our Awardees for the acceptance.
To all my Executives and Members, I pledge to continue to create a conducive environment, provide the resources, and focused leadership for you at all time. In our team are vibrant young people with lots of energy and enthusiasm. I hope that the energy you have shall be used to your best for the benefit of yourselves and others. This couldn’t have been possible if not for your encouragement. I want to assure you that your participation will ensure our continuous dominance in all areas of endeavour.
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, Barack Obama, once said, Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones they are waiting for. We are the change that we seek and I will say the time for change is now. All of us are called to be leaders, no matter our status, old or young, man or woman, rich or poor. All of us have an inbuilt, God given capacity, to be responsible, to rule, to be productive and to take charge. We have the capacity to take the people that we have been given the opportunity to lead, from where they are to where they ought to be! Go, and Change your world.
Members are particularly encouraged to be innovative and come up with viable ideas which can attract and project the image of the NSE. If you have talent you will have the opportunity to use it and who knows you can make a living out of it, as many other people have done!
Finally, I wish you all the best, an exciting, rewarding, challenging and stimulating time, which will be the start of what I hope will be a lifelong experience as members of this honourable profession.
Once again, Welcome and God Bless!
UP NSE OSOGBO BRANCH,
UP STATE OF OSUN,
LONG LIVE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA.
Engr Adeniran Felix Ibitoye Kilomodemo KLM, MNSE, MNIMechE, MASME, MNSBE
Chairman, NSE Osogbo Branch.