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Akure NSE Holds Asun Night To Unwind

By Collins Dupson, 21 January, 2022

In line with the proverbial saying, All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy; the Akure branch of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) Members on 15th of January, 2022 leave the rigorous of engineering profession to unwind with their families.

It has now become a tradition for members of the society to designate a day once in a year to find time off from work to relax and enjoy themselves from the demanding and stressful works specification.

Engineering lifestyle can often be characterised by heighten stress and burdensome work hours, which make the leadership of NSE in Akure to organise a get together tagged “Asun Night” to unwind.

In his welcome address, the Branch Chairman, Engr Ezekiel Oloruntola said the get together became necessary as members hardly have time to relax or enjoy themselves due to the tedious nature of their jobs.

He said to boost members health and wellness, they need to value relaxation more and carve out time to unwind amidst busy schedules. ” Relaxation keeps heart healthier, cut stress, reduce muscles tension, improves brain function and memory, help avoid depression and anxiety”.

The gathering was deliberately held at the uncompleted Mega Hall of the society at NSE Secretarial, Alagbaka Akure in appreciation of the commitment of the initiator of the project and also serve as clarion call from well to do members and political class to contribute to the building project.

The Chairman said in spite of the demands of their jobs, Engineers should endeavor to find time to attend social engagement.

” We are lagging behind in politics and social gathering; Engineers should strive to be part of the state decision making body; this can only be achieved if we join mainstream politics of the state”.

He tasked members of the association holding political position to contribute to the building of its Mega Hall, an initiative of past leader of the association, noting that other sister associations in the state have befitting halls to their credit.

Why asking pertinent question from the elders of the association who were well represented at the gathering, Engineer Oloruntola asked if the low social lifestyle of Engineers over the years have been there during their time as students and professional Engineers.

Reacting to the question, Engr Paul Oguntimehin noted that the social life of Engineers in yester years were not as bad as of today but attributed the economy reality of the country as a contributing factor to a low level social life of engineers.

Engr T O S Adare said despite the tedious nature of the profession, young engineers should endeavor to unwind and have time for themselves and families.

On his part, Engr Adebayo Jeje, a nanogenarian charged members of the society to be politically active in the state, saying that is the only way the interest of Engineering profession can be protected when it comes to decision making at the government levels.

Addressing the gathering, Engr Razaq Obe, the state commissioner for Power and Mineral Resources, commended the leadership of NSE for organizing a get together that brings members of the association together in one building to relax and interact.

The Commissioner promised to provide strong support and patronage to the body and every member, with assurance of ensuring that any Engineering firm that get contract from the state pass through and liase with the professional body.

He commended Governor Akeredolu for creating Ministry of Energy in the state saying the ministry ought to have been established since the creation of the state in 1976 for effective power delivery in Ondo State.

He tasked professional body like NSE to rise up and challenge the Electricity Distribution Company (DisCos) acquisition of power infrastructures in the state, noting that government will be forced to act when professional bodies challenge the company in court.

Engr Obe reiterated his commitment to the association, adding that the doors of his office is widely open to every member.” Let’s work together as a team for the upliftment of Engineering Profession in Ondo State”.


Meanwhile, in recognition of the outstanding performance of two members of the association for their consistency and availability in every programme of NSE, gift items were presented to them in appreciation of their commitment.

The Asun Night was fun filled as members were treated to assorted drinks, Asun, palm wine, small shop with standby musician dishing out melodious tune to the enjoyment of everybody.

In attendance were, Engr Razaq Obe, Commissioner Ministry of Energy, Engr Alex Oladimeji, Chairman, Ifedore Local Government, Engr Adebayo Jeje (FNSE) Engr Paul Oguntimehin (FNSE) and Engr T O S Adare (FNSE).

Other past Chairman, Engr Oloruntoba Williams Abe, FNSE, Chairman, Ondo state chapter of the Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria, Engr Micheal Olorunfemi,
The Director, Fire Services Department, Ondo state, Engr Ashamo, Coordinator, Ondo state Electricity Regulatory Bureau Engr Stephen Bolawole, Managing Director, EMDI, Represented by Engr Ogunkoya, Chairman, Nigerian institution of Mechanical engineers, Akure Chapter Engr Oyegunwa among other members and their families.

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