Osogbo NSE Task Political Appointees To Be Quality Assurance Ambassadors  

By Kehinde Ayantunji

The Nigeria Society of Engineers, Osogbo Branch has urged the members of the society who are public servant or political appointees to always adhere to standard specification and ensure quality implementation of projects in wherever they are superintending.

Chairman, NSE Osogbo branch, Eng Haqib Zubar said this in Osogbo during the recent General Meeting of the society and reception organized in honuor of the members of the society appointed to the state cabinet by Governor Rauf Aregbesola.  

The society members appointed to the cabinet are: Engr Kazeem Salaam, Commissioner For Works and Transport, Engr. Oluremi Omowaiye, Commissioner for Science, Innovation and Technology, and Engr. Muideen Olateju, Special Adeviser, Science, Innovations and Technology.   

According to Eng Zubar, the loyalty of a professional engineer is not primarily to his political principal but to the safety of the society and delivery of quality facilities that will make life more abundant for the people.

He said the engineering profession is about public trust as a result of the expert knowledge to determine what is good and hazardous for the society and urged the political appointees to resist all forms of political and monetary pressure to compromise standard in the discharge of their duties.

Zubar said quality project delivery by any government is largely determined by the professional engineers who are policy makers in such government and urged them to be NSE professional ambassadors.

Speaking during the reception, The Commissioner for Works Engr. Kazeem Salami appreciated NSE for their support since the inception of the present administration in the state especially in the area of quality assurance.

He said Osun is lucky with Governor Rauf Aregbesola who married “political will with professional capacity” in providing global standard infrastructures in the state saying the governor always aspire for the best no matter the cost implication.

He said “the vision of this administration is clear on infrastructural development, Aregbesola is to provide the best road, schools, bridges, and sophisticated technology that can compete with the best in any part of the world”.

“The governor’s vision is evident with the quality of roads that can last for 30 years we are constructing, the state of art school buildings with modern facilities that are of global standard, and that is where we have the acronyms Osun Standard.” because the governor will challenge you to go to any length to get the best, the standard of Mr governor is the best”.

Also speaking, Eng Oluremi Omowaiye challenged Nigeria engineers to invest and embark on research that will provide local made technology to address cattle rustling and farmers crisis in Nigeria.

Omowaiye said the technology has provided solution to such problems in developed countries saying Nigeria engineers must provide direction in addressing the problem through technology that will be peculiar to our environment and weather.

He described the crisis as a reflection of underdevelopment in Nigeria saying “In 2018, if we could not develop technology that we allow cattle rustlers to do their business without affecting the farming and food production, there is a fundamental problem which we must all rise to address” Omowaiye said.

Earlier, Dr Ogunba Olubumi has earlier delivered a lecture on “My Food My Responsibility” where he advised members of the people to be wary of what they consume saying food consumption is responsible for the most of the life threatened diseases.

Osun Govt. Warns Okada Riders

The Government of the State of Osun has warned miscreants among Okada riders in the State who engage in unruly and provocative behaviours to desist from such acts or face the full wrath of the law.

The Commissioner for Works and Transport, Engr. Kazeem Salami gave this warning during a crucial meeting with Okada riders’representative on the recent face-off between Osun Traffic Marshals and Okada riders in the State.

According to him, the present administration led by Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola recognises the simple fact that, a lot of people derive their means of livelihood from the proceeds of Okada riding, hence would not do anything that would deprive them of this right. However,the Okada riders must behave within the stipulations of the law.

The Commissioner stressed that, O’TRAM was established by the State government in order to control traffic, enforce law and to bring sanity to our roads.

While decrying the bad attitudes of some Okada riders who are bent on tarnishing the image of the government, Engr. Salami said such behaviour would not be tolerated. He posited that, Okada riders should be law abiding and avoid driving against the free flow of traffic and that they should report any of the officials who attempts to extort money from them to the appropriate quarters.

Also speaking, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Taxation and Revenue Matters, Barrister Gbenga Akano admonished the Okada riders to work together with Osun Traffic Marshals for the progress of the State.

Osun Govt Warns Traffic Marshals Against Extortion of Motorists

State Government of Osun has issued a stern warning to Osun Traffic Marshals to stop the harassment and extortion of commuters and other road users in the state.

Commissioner for Works and Transport in the state, Engr. Kazeem Salami who gave the warning at the weekend while holding meeting with the traffic marshals, said members of the public are complaining that some of them were extorting the commuters and other road users.

Some of the marshals are in the habit of harassing and extorting the commercial motorcyclists popularly called ‘okada riders’, particularly in Osogbo, the state capital.

According to Salami, some of the marshals are misrepresenting the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola with their misconducts, explaining that they are put on the road to ensure compliance with traffic rules and regulations by the road users and not to extort the commuters.

He maintained that the government would no longer tolerate any misconduct from the marshals, saying that anyone caught in the act would be dealt with seriously.

Salami implored motorists and okada riders to be law abiding by using number plates, crash helmets and not to drive against the traffic, saying that anybody that violates the traffic rules would be fined as approved by Osun State House of Assembly.