On June 17, 2022, the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Ikeja Branch organised the 13th Olu Awoyinfa Distinguished Annual Lecture at its Ralph Alabi Engineering Centre, Lagos. It was a day to remember as the event brought back many old faces across the country.
As the Ikeja Branch of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE celebrated the life and legacy of Engr Olu Awoyinfa, in Lagos, the same day was also dedicated t induction of new corporate members of the Society.
Numbering over 30, the new members have fulfilled and achieved full membership of the Nigerian Society of Engineers.
In addition to this, Mr Oluwamayokun Toluwanimi Winner of the Olu Awonyinfa Award 2022 Best Graduating Student department of Chemical Engineering at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife (2019/2020? Academic Session was unveiled and awarded his prizes.
Toluwanimi, a native of Ekiti Ikole-Ekiti in Ekiti state was the best graduating student in Chemical Engineering at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-iffe where he bagged 4.83 CGPA in the 2019/2020 academic session. prior this, he has won other numerous awards for his outstanding achievements as a scholar, among them are NNPC/Total Scholarship Award, Society of Petroleum Engineers, SPE, Students awards. Among others.
Earlier, the Chairman, Vitaform Nigeria Ltd, Engr. Dr Bamidele Makanjuola, while delivering the Keynote address at the event urged the older engineers to emulate the late Engr Olu Awonjifa for his devotion to younger professionals’ career development. Makanjuola emphasized that “no society can make progress in real value without the injection of the energy and creativity of their youths.” He described the late Awoyinfa as “a passionate leader of the youths.” who in his lifetime encouraged young people to have plans and visions for the future. “To his credit, without an ounce of discrimination, he made out time for us all. He did not fail to leverage his influence and connections in advancing the corporate climb of many of his mentees.”
Earlier, the Chairman of the branch Engr Olutosn Ogunmola while delivering his address, commended the foresight of the founders of the Branch and praised his leadership role in nurturing the Branch. Also speaking at the event was Engr Felix Atume, who represented the President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Engr Tasiu Saad Gidari Wudil at the event.
The Lecture topic for the day, “Transportation Systems and Security Challenges in Nigeria: Causes and Engineering Solutions Imperative” was delivered by Prof. Bamidele Badejo.
Dignitaries at the events include the Past President of NSE, Engr. Ademola Olorunfem, Engr Felix Atume, NSE Vice President, North Central, representing the NSE President, Engr Christy Adelowo, Honorary Secretary, Nigerian Academy of Engineering, Professor Bamidele Badejo, Guest Speaker, Engr Monsurat Alagbe, APWEN Lagos Chair, Engr Abiola Koseigbe, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Rural Development, Engr Theophilus Oguntala, Engr Idiat Amusu, Forth President APWEN. Others are Past Chairmen of the Branch Engr Francis Oguanaman, Engr Kunle Adebajo, Engr. Micheal Awe, Engr Bola Bido, Engr Ayo Fanimokun, Vice Chairman, Engr Femi Adedotun among others. Planning committee chairman Engr Segun Adeyeye and co-chairman Engr Gbenga Tanimowo thanks the attendees for making time out for the event.