By Kingsley Adegboye
President of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors, NIS Mr. Bode Adeaga, has challenged the newly inducted fellows of the institution be worthy and exemplary leaders in all ramifications such that the profession, their communities and the country at large would continue to benefit from their services.
Adeaga who gave the challenge last week in Abeokuta, Ogun State, at the investiture of the new fellows of the professional body, also enjoined them to be more careful in whatever they do.
24 practiticing surveyors who have distinguished themselves in the practice of the profession across the country were elevated into the body of fellows in an elaborate ceremony
Justifying the admission of new members into the Board of Fellows of the institution, he said the exercise was to inject fresh minds, bodies and ideas into its fold, pointing out that the 24 new fellows were made up of brilliant and accomplished lady and gentlemen who have been found worthy after going through the rigorous screening exercise instituted by the institution.
Adeaga, maintained that the institution would continue to reach out to members of the public in the drive to create positive relevance and partnership in the development of the nation. As a strategy to improve leadership, he explained that the institution had participated in a leadership development and strategic change management workshop organised by the Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria recently, adding that lessons learnt would be taken down the hierarchy of leadership through courses to be organised for current and future leaders.
NIS boss further enjoined the new fellows to increase their entrepreneurial skills in the society for the growth of the profession.
One of the highlights of the event was the Award of Honorary Fellow of the institution bestowed on Governor of Kano State, Rabi Musa Kwankwaso for the giant strides he has made in promoting surveying profession in Kano State.
Also, past presidents of the institution and fellows were honoured for their sustained contributions, while encouraging them to continue their selfless service for the growth of the profession.
Elated by the honour, one of the inductees, who is the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in Ogun State, Mrs. Aderonke Adeyokunnu, said, “ I feel humbled to be one of those inducted into the cadre of fellows of the institution. As you can see, I am the only female, so this gives me honour and I am grateful to God.”
She enjoined the upcoming professionals to be more dedicated and diligent, saying if they are committed, they will be identified in the midst of crowd.
The new fell ows of include: Mr. Akintola Olufemi, Innocent Egbuh, George Osifeso, Kehinde Isijola, Oba Adetunji Osho, Yashi Usman, Olufemi Ojo, Ranti Osoko, Adebayo Ogungbe, Joe Anosikeh, Igo Assembly Goin, Bassey Akpna and Chief Rasheed Obayanju.
Others are Mrs Aderonke Adeyokunnu, Mr. Pius Chukuemeka, Professor Francis Okeke, Badamasi Tahir, Abiodun Agbeyo, Akinyemi Olatunde, Sunday Eka, Idiku Uche, Chimezie Lawrence, Kayode Odedare and E. B. Awudu.
The Guest Speaker at the event, the Managing Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, Mr Mutiu Sunmonu, who spoke on “The Dynamics of Application of Surveying and Mapping in Hydrocabon Search and Development in the Niger-Delta,” listed the importance of surveying and mapping technologies to the oil and gas industry in Nigeria.
According to him, over 80 per cent of all assets deployed in oil and gas exploration and production were location dependent and could be represented by their coordinates. He said application of GIS has improved the quality of the company business decisions, managed contingencies better, improved response times, saved tremendous time and costs.