Architect Sonny Echono, Fnia has vowed to fight those who portray the profession- Architecture- in bad light. Echono has made his mark in the profession at different levels. He is one of those aspiring to lead the body of architects when the tenure of the present executives ends on Saturday 23rd November, 2013. He is contesting for the position of 3rd Vice President of the institution.
Nigerian Institute of Architecture is right how holding her 53rd General Assembly/conference – BGM 2013, Abuja. The theme of this year event is: Architecture And The National Urban Development Strategy. The President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was represented at the event by the Minister of Works, Arc. Mike Onolememen. In his remarks, as presented by Onolememen, he advised members of the profession to maintain the high standard they have set for themselves over the years.
The 3day event will come to an end on Saturday with the election of new executives. There are many contestants for the positions being contested for, but many of them did not want to talk to the media in order not to expose their strong points. Arc. Ibrahim Sani Khalil, Fnia, Ph.D. is one of the candidates vying for the position of General Secretary. He told newsmen that his contributions so far, towards promoting the progress of the profession stand him on a good stead to win at the polls. He has BSc and MSc in Architecture. He has MBA, Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies, and Diploma in Eco. Planning. He has Ph.D. in Architecture. He said he was optimistic of being elected as he had served the organization at various positions at chapter and national levels.
Another contestant for the post of 3rd Vice President is Arc. Mobolaji Adenyi,Fnia. She has held several positions at chapter and national levels. She told newsmen she is the most qualified of all those vying for the position. She promised to carry everybody along by the time the election is over as she believed she would carry the day.
Rear Admiral Itunu Hotonu (a qualified architect) was at the venue of the occasion to participate like others. She told newsmen that she believed in the capability of members of the profession and posited that all is capable of holding any of the positions they were contesting for. She therefore advised the organizing committee to be fair and equitable during the election.