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Akure NSE Celebrates Members Appointed into Akeredolu’s Govt

The Akure Branch of Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE), recently celebrated four members of the association appointed by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN into his government to serve in different capacities.

The honour was done on the four members during the Monthly General Meeting held at the Akure NSE Secretariat. The distinguished members were Engr Raimi Aminu (Commissioner of Works and Infrastructure), Engr I O Allen (Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Infrastructure), Engr Oloruntoba Abe (Acting MD, Ondo State Power Company) and Engr Stephen Bolawole (Coordinator, Ondo State Electricity Regulatory Bureau).

In the chairman speech, Engr Ezekiel Oloruntola, he said it became pertinent to celebrate some of their members appointed into Arakunrin Akeredolu led administration, adding that good rapport between NSE and government pave way for the elevation of its members to various sensitive positions they are occupying today.

” The interaction of the Governor with Engineers in Ondo State is unprecedented. We are excited with the appointment and elevation of Engr Raimi Aminu from Special Adviser to a full fledged Commissioner in charge of the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure.

He commended the governor for the appointment and for believing in the ability of local engineers to either supervise or execute most of the projects in the state. ” Mr Governor has respect for engineers in the state and we appreciate his kind gesture and patronage”.

Engr Oloruntola also appreciated the governor who recently signed the state Electric Power Sector in the state law which established Ondo State Electricity Council.

He disclosed that, the State Power Company, the State Electricity Regulatory Bureau has strengthened the State Electricity Board. ” The law has created greater opportunities for Engineers in the state which gave birth to the appointment of two of our members to serve as the Managing Director of Power Company and Coordinator of the State Electricity Regulatory Bureau respectively’.

He charged the appointees to be good ambassadors of the association, urging them to discharge the assignment before them diligently, professionally and ensure they live above board while serving the state.

According to the Chairman, ” The appointment of our members into sensitive positions by the governor is a challenge to the engineers in the state; the governor should be rest assured that the local engineers in the state will do well and perform better while discharging their responsibilities”.

Speaking on behalf of the appointees, Engr Allen, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Works thanked the leadership and members of the association for honouring them, promising to live up to expectations in their new offices.

Engr Oloruntoba Abe, Acting Managing Director of Ondo State Power Company solicited for the support of members, saying he can’t afford to fail the Engineers in the state and the governor who considered him worthy for the appointment.

While thanking the governor, he promised to deliver the mandate demands of his new office to the best of his ability. ” Mr Governor was decorated as the best Infrastructure Governor based on the many infrastructural developments that cut across every nook and cranny of the state, with the appointment of experts, the state would be better”.

On his part, Engr Steven Olugbenga Bolawole, the State Coordinator, Ondo State Electricity Regulatory Bureau requested for moral and professional support, saying their support will go a long way in helping him to excel in his new position.

He promised to use his office to right the wrongs on issues of metering, wrong connection of electricity and usage of electricity; noting there is need to partner the regulatory body at the federal in order to put things right in the state.

Engr David Folorunso Omoya, the former chairman of NSE Akure Branch said engineers play a pivotal roles in the development of any nation of which Nigeria is not exempted.

He commended the governor for the choice of engineers in key profession, saying it will affect the performance of the government positively in infrastructural development in the state.

He said Akeredolu was able to achieved a lot in the last four years because he appointed seasoned professional in core areas that require expertise particularly the choice of engineers in key engineering positions.

The Vice Chairmen of Nigerian Women Engineers, Engr Adebimpe Amigun said the governor needs to be commended for appointing many engineers in his government, optimistic that Governor Akeredolu will also consider women engineers in future appointment.

The peak of the program was the presentation of gifts to all the four appointees and prayer session that was led by Engr Oguntimehin, putting God first in their endeavors.

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