Society of Engineers confers fellowship on 21 members
• Plans N2b projects for rural areas
The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has conferred its prestigious Fellowship on 21 members.Speaking at the conferment ceremony in Abuja, the President of NSE, Adekunle Mokuolu, said the Fellow was conferred on the awardees because they were found worthy both in practice and character.He added: “To our distinguished awardees, you have been found worthy in practice and character and therefore considered fit to be upgraded to the prestigious Fellowship cadre of the Society.”
The NSE President pointed out that the conferment of the Fellowship on the awardees marks the commencement of a journey of bearing responsibilities on behalf of the Society. “Responsibilities of, first and foremost, carrying yourselves always with the dignity and comportment this Fellowship bestows on you, both in your personal life and in the practice of the profession. You will also have the responsibility of being a worthy role model, lending mentorship to our Young Engineers Future Leaders, and even our school children that need your inspiration to join the engineering profession. Membership of the College of Fellows comes with the special privilege of sharing on the Fellows platform of the Society’ dedicated chat group. You are expected to make very enriching contributions on that platform,” he explained.
Mokuolu eulogised the NSE founding fathers for their courage, tenacity and sacrifices to the growth of the NSE as the Society marks its 60th anniversary this year.He submitted that he is pleased with the roles Engineers have played in the development of the country since independence both as individual practitioners as well as the a body, saying, “we certainly deserve some accolades.”
He hinted two international branches have been formally established in Houston, Texas in the United States of America as well as London, United Kingdom, which bring the total number of NSE branches to 72 in the spirit of the 60th anniversary celebration and as part of the aspiration to expand the frontiers of NSE’s influence.He stated further that NSE under his watch has made a commitment to collaborate with government to deliver selfless engineering services across the country.He explained that this would be done by deploying professional manpower to rural communities with the objective of boosting basic engineering infrastructure through voluntary service in the provision of rural roads, water projects.school buildings, electrification, poultries, farm implements, building of livestock ranches and other services that are guaranteed to foster unity and progress of the country.
The NSE helmsman was quick to add that the identified projects would cost around N2billion to achieve and urged his colleagues and stakeholders to join his team in the areas of the provision of expertise and finance to make the projects a reality.
Mokuolu also commended the Federal Government for Executive Order Five, which according to him would promote the entrenchment of Nigerian Content development in all ramifications if fully adhered to.
The Special Adviser to the governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, on Land works and infrastructure, Raimi Olayiwola Aminu was one of the 21 members that were conferred with the Fellowship award and the governor was on hand to witness the occasion.
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