Our duty is to empower young engineers who will educate others on sustainable environment- Engr Olalekan

KEYNOTE SPEECH BY THE NATIONAL CHAIRMAN, ENGR. OLALEKAN EMEKA SULAIMAN AJANI, FNSE, FNIEE DELIVERED AT THE NIGERIAN INSTITUTION OF ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERS STUDENTS AFFLIATE (NIEESA), NATIONAL EXECUTIVES INAUGURATION ON SATURDAY, 13th FEBRUARY, 2021.

It is certainly a great honor to welcome you all to this Inauguration of the Nigerian Institution of Environmental Engineers Students Affiliate (NIEESA), National Executives, with the theme – ‘NIEE AND NIEESA: A STRATEGY FOR SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT’.

It is with great pleasure I appreciate all our invited special and distinguished guests, NIEE fellows as well as all members of this Environment Students here today. A wonderful afternoon to you all as I welcome you to this inauguration of NIEESA National Exco members where progress related to the professional development of students and Graduate Environmental Engineers would be discussed.

According to a Chinese Proverb “If you are planning for a year, sow rice; If you are planning for a decade, plant trees; If you are planning for a lifetime, educate people“ Hence, NIEE has the special honour to educate and empower student engineers, who, in turn, will empower and teach more on having a sustainable environment. This is a very sacrosanct goal that NIEE corporate members and fellows have towards its future heirs.

At today’s Inauguration, there will be opportunity for us to share thoughts on how to sustain this synergy for a sustainable environment as well as solving the myriads of Environmental challenges affecting our Nation and the entire globe. We must connect the town to the gown to achieve the objective of a sustainable environment.
Connecting NIEE and NIEESA is a win – win situation for both parties to network and build their dreams. Robert Kiyosaki said “The richest people in the world look for and build networks. Everyone else looks for work” In the process of networking jobs would come, mentor – protégé relationship would be established, ecofriendly innovation would be initiated and empowerment opportunity would be created amongst other.

With the above synergy and outcome more engineering students from all disciple would develop interest to sustain our environment using the principles of engineering, soil science, biology, and chemistry to develop solutions to our environmental problems. They would work as a team from all disciple of engineering to improve wastewater treatment, plastic waste reduction, water conservation, stormwater management, green agriculture and denitrification while ensuring the sustainable development goals are achieved for a better environment. This would obviously enhance Nigeria’s success rate of improving her public health statistic.

The Inauguration of the Mr. Nnamdi Azubuike led Exco happening today is another leap ahead for NIEE towards a sustainable environment for our unborn generation. I sincerely wish the entire team the wherewithal to continue to advance NIEESA in deploying local solution from the ivory tower to several environmental concerns and challenges.

Lastly, I wish members from amongst all Engineering disciples a very impactful year ahead in raising the relevance of NIEESA in their respective Higher Institution.

I urge you all to canvass for new members and support the new executives in order to have a sustainable environment.

NIEE… Towards a sustainable environment.

Engr. O.E.S. Ajani, FNSE, FNIEE
National Chairman NIEE

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