The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has inaugurated Engr. Ademola Isaac Olorunfemi, FNSE as the 29th President of the Society. Engr. Olorunfemi was elected two years ago as the Deputy Vice President and he automatically takes at the end of tenure of the incumbent, according to the tradition of NSE. The election that brought and his team of executives was conducted electronically with devices developed by Nigerian engineers. It was adjudged free and fair by those that monitored the exercise.
The investiture was anchored by one of the three Vice Presidents of NSE, Engr. Mrs. Margaret Oguntala as one of the MCs of the occasion. She read the citation of the president before the investiture proper. From her speech it was clear that the news president, who was born on Nov. 23 1960, is an intelligent person. He made grade one in his final exams in secondary school. Engr. Olorunfemi, according to the record has 1st degree from University of Ife and a Master’s degree from University of Ibadan.
The citation further revealed that the new President joined Lagos State Polytechnic as an assistant lecturer after graduation. He rose through the rake to become project manager, science and technology innovation in 2011 before bowing out to serve as Commissioner for Agriculture in Ondo State.
Engr. Olorunfemi is a man of many firsts; he is the first minority engineer to become the president of NSE. This is because he is a graduate of Agric Engineering. The major engineering courses are; mechanical, electrical… He is also the first President to come from Ikeja branch of NSE.
In his welcome address before the inauguration, the outgoing president Engr. Mustafa Balarabe Shehu, FNSE, summarized the achievement of his administration. They include media and strategic relation, professional development amongst others. He wished his successor a successful tenure.
An elated Engr. Olorunfemi was appreciative of those who made it possible for everything to be possible. One of his major action plan is to establish a strategic partnership with the government. He mounted the podium with his beautiful wife and four children.
The President was represented at the occasion by the Minister of State for Environment. The Governor of Ondo state was represented the State Deputy Governor. Many past presidents of the society graced the occasion.
A House of Representative Member from Anambra State, Hon. Engr. Forth Dike told newsmen that he was at the event because the new president is a worthy representative of NSE. He was of the opinion that the president will perform credibly. He also said that Nigerian engineers can hold their own anywhere in the world, asked Nigerians to stop underrating our engineers.
The past president of APWEN (the women) wing of NSE told newsmen to be gender sensitive in reporting engineering news. She said that women are representing the profession as good as their male counterpart.
The event will come to an end on Sunday, 12th Jan. with a Service at Redeemed Church, Wuse by 10.00am.