To be accorded the highest honour in your profession must be a great achievement one would ever wish to be identified with. But when that honour comes after diligent and consistent selfless public services of close to two decades and still counting, one must be beating the drum. But that will not be for the humble and silently hardworking Engr Olatunji Ariyomo, FNSE who would rather want to focus on the task of delivering results for the people and being a silent ambassador for the Engineering profession in Nigeria.
However, in a nation where Engineers constantly complain of lack of representation in policy and politics and where politicians think engineers are better suited for project implementation, we at MyEngineers, deem it is an obligation, as part of our mission statement, to beat the dream and celebrate this worthy son of Africa from Ondo State as he is elevated to the rank of the Fellowship of Nigerian Society of Engineers: The highest Rank and honour Engineers attain in Nigerian Society of Engineers. This is by no mean a small feat for the youthful Engr Olatunji Ariyomo whose career rise has taken him across the two continents of Africa and Europe in the last few years. The honour which he earned through hard work, diligence and consistent performance. Congratulations, Engr Olatunji Ariyomo.
Popularly called Imole, meaning light, Engr Olatunji Ariyomo, FNSE, is registered as an Infrastructure Engineer with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigerian, COREN, and has accumulated about 20 years experience across engineering fields. He is currently the Special Adviser to the Governor of Ondo State on Public Utilities with the mandate to supervise water, power, sanitation and telecommunication activities at cabinet level.
Engr. Ariyomo holds a Bachelor degree (B.Eng) in Civil Engineering from the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA), a Master’s degree in Energy and Environmental Engineering from the University of Sheffield and a Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Certificate from Harvard University in the United States of America.
Engr. ‘Tunji Àríyòmó’s professional and organizational affiliations include; council membership of the Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers (2010-2015), corporate membership of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (United Kingdom), corporate membership of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (2005 – date), the Nigerian Computer Society (NCS) as well as serving as the UK Coordinator of the UK Chapter of the NSE’s Civil Division, the Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers (NICE). He is a board member of Engineers without Borders (EwB), President, Nigeria Wushu, KungFu and TaiChi Federation (2013-2016) and Member, Governing Board of the Nigerian Olympic Committee (2013-2016).
Ariyomo won the Lucas prize by coming first in Civil and Structural Engineering category at the September diet of the Ibadan chapter’s 2005 membership professional examination of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE). He also earned distinction as the overall best candidate (Adeleke prize) across all engineering disciplines at the same examination.
Engr. Ariyomo has served the NSE in various capacities. In 2012, he was a member of the NSE’s Expert Committee on the Petroleum Industry Bill and Products’ Pricing (PIB-PP). He was the Chairman, Local Organizing Committee for the first international conference of the Civil Division of the NSE that took place at the Octagon Building, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom (2013). He has also served the Civil Division as Chairman, Engineers’ Database Committee. A team led by Ariyomo also holds the credit for technical interventions that preserved hampered overseas developmental partners’ financing in excess of N22b for Nigeria on multilateral programs in the Federal Ministry of Environment in 2014 for which he earned open commendation from the then Minister of Environment, Mrs. Laraba Mallam (see This Day newspaper page 37 August 5 2016).
In 2016, Engr. Ariyomo had the privilege of serving as a team leader and external subject matter expert on infrastructure to the Technical Committee of the Muhammadu Buhari’s Presidential Council on North-East Initiative (PCNI) in the development of the reconstruction Master Plan for the North-East. He has also served as a member (May-July 2014), Federal Ministry of Environment’s Ministerial Committee on resuscitation of 2004/2005 stalled Drought and Desertification Amelioration (DDA), rural electrification and Pollution Control & Environmental Health (PC & EH) Departments’ Ecological Fund Assisted Projects. He has equally had the privilege of serving as lead Consultant (Divas and SALT Valley Limited) to the Zamfara State Government on Rural and Community Development through its Ministry of Rural and Community Development (2015-2016).
An ardent scholar, he has written and presented several papers and keynote addresses such as:
i. Olatunji Ariyomo (December 2016), Development will evolve steadily in the direction of our imagination.
ii. Olatunji Ariyomo (November 2015), Geo-Mapping, Advance Location Intelligence and Precision Technology as Integral to National Development.
iii. Ariyomo, O., & Abiodun, O. Attaining a Higher National Growth Trajectory via Sustainable Infrastructure: Case Nigeria. International Journal of Innovative Research and Development (Volume 3, Issue 7, July 2014).
iv. Ariyomo, O., & Abiodun, O. Model Policy for Mitigating Corruption’s Impact on Sustainable Civil Infrastructure: Case Nigeria. International Journal Of Innovative Research and Development ( Volume 3, Issue 6, June 2014).
v. Olatunji Ariyomo (2012), A review and clause by clause assessment of critical provisions of the Petroleum Industry Draft Bill.
Engr. ‘Tunji Ariyomo is a native of Akure South Local Government Area of Ondo State and is married to Dr. (Mrs.) Tolulope Ariyomo with beautiful children.
“We found them worthy not only in knowledge and character, but also in practice, experience and professionalism to deserve their admission into the board of fellows of the distinguished society of engineers,” said NSE President, Oliver Anyaeji
Doing the right thing should not be difficult where good examples abound.”- Olatunji Ariyomo, 2011
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