The Inaugural Memorial Lecture organised in honour of late Engr S. O. Fadahunsi in Lagos had come and gone with the NIEE raising its voices in support of reforms in waste management system.
Various Distinguished leaders and professionals graced the event. Among who are Engr. Segun. Adedeji, FNSE, High Chief Tunde Zedomi, FNSE, Engr Adeolu Odushote, FNSE, wirh Engr Bola Olowe as the Guest Speaker at the event while the NSE President Adekunle Mokuolu was represented by Engr Akin Akintola.
The National chairman Engr. M. A. Yinusa, MNSE in his address recalled that the annual lecture series started way back in year 2003 the first was organized and headed at Abuja under the leadership of Engr. Adeolau Odushote FNSE who incidentally was the Guest of Honour at the event. He said that this edition is the first posthumous edtion and it is intended to cement the legacy of late Fadahunsi who he described as a man of integrity and professional excellence.
The choice of the theme of the edition, “ The theme of today’s lecture is “Liquid Waste Management in Nigeria; the past, present and future “is predicated on the need to provide the much needed answers with home grown solutions and directions in liquid waste management in Nigeria.
Engr Yinusa enjoined all to ‘take up the challenge and contribute to the sustainability of our environment and pick up the gauntlet from where he left it.’.
Speaking through Engr Akin Akintola, FNSE who represented him at the event, the NSE President, Engr Adekunle Mokuolu,FNSE said there was a need to engage environmental engineers to tackle the challenges of liquid waste, open defecation and indiscriminate parking of trucks causing gridlock and road degeneration in the area.
Engr Mokuolu challenged the NIEE to play its part saying “There is the need to control open defecation. The NIEE should make it part of its Corporate Social Responsibility to manage liquid waste in Nigeria as experts.
Government should partner with those running restaurants by giving them incentives to build toilets for more people to use and thus stop open defecation when they are pressed,”
The NSE president also stated that there was a need for improvement in recycling to tackle plastic pollution.