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Akure NSE Holds First Late Engr James Olusoga Memorial Lecture

The Nigerian Society of Engineers, Akure Branch has held the first memorial lecture of Late Engr James Raymond Olusoga, a colloquium organized by the body of engineers in rememberance of the legacy of the former chairman of the association.

The lecture was held at Theodore Francis Idibiye Hall of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA).

Engr Tunji Light Ariyomo, the guest speaker spoke on the theme, ” Leadership and Mentorship Approaches to Sustainable Service Delivery: Life and Memories of Late Engr James R Olusoga, FNSE”.

In his welcome address, the chairman of NSE, Akure Branch, Engr Ezekiel Oluwatuyi Oloruntola, MNSE said the lecture was put together to remember a great man, as well to celebrate his contributions to the development of the Engineering profession, adding that Late Engr Olusoga has mentored many Engineers that have made remarkable impacts in the Engineering field.

The Chairman stated that, he promised to initiate an annual memorial lecture to keep the legacies of Baba Olusoga alive at the inception of his administration.

” To immortalize this great man and to encourage our younger ones to pursue a course in engineering, we have put in place an annual scholarship awards for best students in selected science subjects”.

He added that, three boys from Aquinas College, the Alma Mata of Late Engr Olusoga and two girls from Ogbe High School, Oda Town were selected for the prestigious awards based on their outstanding performance in Physics, English and Chemistry.

He congratulated the awardees who were the first set of students to received the awards, believing the awards will encourage other students to work hard and win the next edition.

Speaking at the lecture, the representative of the governor of Ondo State, Engr Raimi Aminu congratulated Akure NSE for remembering the great Engineer whose contributions and legacies to engineering profession cannot be underestimated.

He charged every engineer in the state to emulate the good deed of the late icon, saying living upright and purposeful life is the only way one’s legacy could be remembered.

Engr Aminu said, Ministry of Works got the first Engineer as the Permanent Secretary through his resilience effort, adding that several bridges in the riverine areas of the state were built when he was serving as Special Adviser to the Governor on Infrastructure.

In his lecture, Engr Tunji Light disclosed that, the late Olisa of Akure Kingdom (Engr Olusoga) was a great mentor whose life has transformed a lot of promising engineers within and outside Ondo State.

He admonished the fact that, the first dual carriageway in the old Ondo State was conceived and delivered by the late Olisa, saying he lived his life in the service of the people.

Engr Tunji Light said the College of Medicine and Surgery approved for FUTA was achievable due to the resilience effort of Late Engr Olusoga and others, saying he left behind a, commendable legacy that necessitated a public lecture being organized in his honour by NSE.

He charged every engineer to endeavor to has a mentor, noting that those with mentor are five times likely to achieve professional goals quickly.

The Vice President of NSE and Special Adviser to Osun State Governor on Water Resources Prince Adeniran Ibitoye commended Akure NSE for the lecture, saying he deserves such honour considering his laudable achievements to engineering profession.

While delivering his goodwill message, Engr David Folorunsho Omoya described Late Olusoga as the greatest engineer ever, whose love for engineering profession know no bound. “Late Engr Olusoga was hardworking, truthful and result oriented engineer; young ones should emulate his legacy”.

On his part, speaking on behalf of the children, Engr Taiwo Olusoga thanked the leadership of Akure Branch of NSE for the kind honour done on the memory of his late father with the public lecture.

Other side attractions were the presentation of posthomous award to Late Engr Raymond Olusoga, Leadership Award to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, Guest Speaker Engr Tunji Light and Hon Adedayo Omolafe (Expensive) were also presented with awards.

Engr James Olusoga was born on the 11th of June, 1938 into the families of Olisa Olukimi and Apogodoola family of Akure in Akure South Local Government Area of Ondo State. Until his demise, he was the Olisa of Akure Kingdom.

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