The Nigeria Society of Engineers, Ikeja branch marked her 29th anniversary on 31st January 2022. The anniversary was tagged “Founders’ Day Celebration” in other to commemorate the efforts of heroes and heroines of the branch since its inception of the branch.
The event was attended by guests both within and beyond. Amongst these dignitaries were the Honorable Minister of Interior in the person of Engr. Rauf Aregbesola, the NSE President in person of Engr. Tasiu Saad Gidari-Wudil FNSE, Engr. Margaret Oguntala FNSE (Deputy President), some members of the National Executives, Engr. Olorunfemi Ademola Isaac FNSE (Past NSE President), Past chairmen of the branch, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi (CEO, SIFEX Group), senior engineers within and outside the NSE IKEJA branch, young engineers, friends, and well-wishers.
The Founders day lecture was presented by “Engr. Gasper Olawumi” (Past Branch General Secretary and former Rector of Lagos State Polytechnic) on the theme “Celebrating the Legacy of our Founding Fathers: Towards Sustaining our Viable Engineering Culture.” The guest lecturer, Engr Olawumi Gasper, (mni) former rector of Lagos state polytechnic, introduced himself as the founding General Secretary of the Ikeja branch.
He made mention of some people who were instrumental and resourceful to the growth and development of the branch. Some of whom he referred to as the engine room of the society. They include people like; Engr. Olu Awoyinfa, Engr. Ralph Alabi, Engr. Chike Morah, to mention but few. He recognized Engr. Ibrahim Inuwa was the godfather of the branch back then.
He directed his speech to the Young Engineers to reposition themselves in skills and be open to opportunities to challenge the senior Engineers. He urged them to aspire to become problem solvers. In an act to maintain the legacy of her founding father, the branch launched the 10 – years strategic plans for its sustainable development.
The event featured awards presented to members due to their impact and commitment to the growth of the branch. Some companies were awarded as well. The event also featured the commissioning of the Rauf Aregbesola Engineering Resource Tower by Dr. Taiwo Olayinka Afolabi, CEO of SIFEX Group.