The Chartered Institute of Public Resources Management and Politics, Ghana, last Wednesday inducted the Chairman of NSE Ikeja Branch Engr Funmi Akingbagbohun into its Fellowship Hall of Fame for her relentless efforts in advancing the progress of society and also also bridging bridge within Africa.
The Award was Presented by Dr. Richards Kpoka Aquate, the Executive Secretary of the institute who led delegation at the Secretariat of the Branch in Lagos.
Delivering the award on behalf of the institute President, Aquate said we are here on behalf of the president to formally honour a “trail blazer and iconic stateswoman of excellence who will be formally inducted into the 2019 Fellowship Hall of Fame of the Chartered Institute of Public Resources Management and Politics, Ghana.”
“This illustrious individual is an uncommon professional of excellence in a class of her own and a pacesetter, administrative colossus of unparalleled distinction.” He added.
Further Dr. Richards said while making the presentation: “This Institute is not also oblivious of her towering and landmark antecedents as a respectable Mechanical Engineer that has transverses the socio-economic landscape of Nigeria and the diaspora, having served and performed excellently well in various capacities which you were saddled with before you are ascension as chairman of this noble Professional Body. (NSE Ikeja).
” This Institute is indeed very proud of your tremendous national service delivery and you have also carved a niche for yourself leaving indelible footprint in Nigeria’s engineering sector…This Institute deeply appreciates your performance delivery scorecard running almost two decades in your various services in Nigeria and also on the global stage.” He stressed.
On the motive behind the award, Dr Richard said “This Institute looks out for highly resourceful and well-meaning individuals who have written their names in gold and greatly distinguished themselves in their respective areas of stewardship towards nation Building and development. It thereafter conduct an independent and private research on the individual before finally forwarding the name to the Governing Council and Advisory Board for ratification and confinement as Follow.
“Therefore we are here, on behalf of the Advisory Board and Governing Council of this Institute to confirm and honour one of Africa’s high-flying amazons, and patriotic nation builder Engr (Dr) Mrs. Funmi Akingbagbohun, with a prestigious lifetime senior Fellowship recognition Award, as a mark of recognition of her impressive and enviable track records in public service towards national development.” He said
“Please kindly be notified that this Fellowship honour is bestowed on citizens of all Nations especially those who have proven themselves as embodiment of integrity transparency and accountability in their various leadership positions. Some of our Fellows in Nigeria include Mr Stephen Onasanya, former MD First Bank, Prof. Pat Utomi etc”
According to Dr. Richards, the institute expects that she will be driven to further deploy her wealth of experiences to do more while also joining other leaders in developing ideas, policies towards moving the African continent forward.
“I want to urge you, Engr (Dr) Mrs. Funmi Akingbagbohun, FNSE, FNIMechE, to see this as a motivation to rededicate yourself and continue to the good services to your nation and humanity in general, which you have always been known for. We Salute your sagacity for really making this sector stand tall among other professional bodies. ” he concluded.
Presence at the event is Engr Fanimokun, former National Chairman of NIMechE and also a past Chairman of the Branch, the Vice Chairman of the NSE Ikeja Branch, Engr. Sunday Oguntunde, Dr. Newton Oblempong, Representative of the President of the Institute, Mr. Olanrewaju Sadiq, Head of Administration and Correspondence, Nigerian Office, Barr. Victoria.
In this own response, Engr Fanimokun, appreciated the Institute for recognizing the works doing at NIMechE and observed that from the profile read, the the Award is particularly in recognition of her works as NIMechE Lagos Chapter Chairman, which she served over 2 years ago. He said she has sustained the tempo in her current capacity as the Chairman of The Nigerian Society of Engineers NSE, Ikeja Branch.
The Chairman, Engr Akingbagbohun expressed gratitude to the Institute for finding her worthy of the honour. She remarked that: “Part of the works we did and are doing is to ensure that the next generation of Engineers is able to do better than whatever we are able to do currently. A lot of us, older Engineers, are gradually leaving the stage, and must mentor and bring up the younger ones who would build on the progress made and take our nation forward. Any nation that wants to develop needs Engineers; and engineers must be ready to sustain their contributions to the country. And that is why it is important that we groom the younger ones to be problem solvers and contribute to our national development.”
She dedicated the award to the NIMechE and NSE team she had worked with. All of whom she said are instrumental to her success as she believe in team.
The Chartered Institute of Public Resources Management and Politics, Ghana is an International Institute which is professionally structured to strategically advance entrepreneurial proficiency, cultivate management excellence and to also enhance the mechanism of Corporate Governance with a view to training and equipping potential leaders from the private, public and diverse economic sectors to become world-class policymakers who will be drivers of the vehicle of national economic development and productivity.