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The Ilesa Branch of the society, on Wednesday, 17th May, 2017, held a Public Lecture titled: “Reviving and Sustaining Nigerian Economy through Small and Medium Scale Enterprises”. The event was held at the Multipurpose Hall, Osun State College of Technology, Esa-Oke, State of Osun. The lecture was organized with a view to reviving Small and Medium Scale Enterprises.

Some of the dignitaries in attendance were the President, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Engr. Otis Oliver T. Anyaeji FNSE, FAEng, ably represented by the Chairman of the Victoria Island Branch, Engr. Moyosore B. A and the Guest Lecturer, Dr. Surajudeen Ajibola Basiru, Former Commissioner for Regional Integration & Special Duties, State of Osun. Others are the Awardee, Engr. Dr. Augustus Oluyemi Oke, Rector OSCOTECH; Immediate Past Chairman of the Branch, Engr T. R. Bamigbade; Deputy Rector, OSCOTECH; the Bursar OSCOTECH and Dean of Engineering, Engr. J. O. Eladiya, Executives & Members of the Branch, management staff of OSCOTECH, among others.

The Branch Chairman, Engr. Mojirade M. Oloruntoba, in her opening remarks, listed some problems ranging from unemployment, poverty, insecurity, low capacity utilization and poor policy management that has plagued the country and the urgent need for government to begin looking into diversification and development of other sectors of the economy, since Nigeria is blessed with abundant human and natural resources which could be harnessed for its growth and development. She said that Entrepreneurship is fast becoming a household name in Nigeria and the contribution of SMEs to economic development is such that a country can only ignore to its own peril. She appealed to the government to encourage, formulate and implement policies that promote and sustain SMEs for economic sustenance and self reliance.

The President, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Engr. Otis Oliver T. Anyaeji FNSE, FAEng, charged the Inductees to be worthy ambassadors of the noble engineering profession and exemplary members of the great and honourable NSE.

The Guest lecturer, Dr. Surajudeen Ajibola Basiru, a great scholar highlighted the contributions of SMEs to Nigeria’s economic development. He also analysed the major challenges of SMEs to include infrastructural challenges; high cost of doing business; limited access to finance; and poor management. In his conclusion, he reiterated that if the challenges of SMEs are adequately addressed, they will perform catalytic role in reviving and sustaining the Nigerian Economy. Questions were asked and contributions made by the audience.

Twelve (12) members were inducted into the corporate membership of the Society and an Award of Excellence was given to Engr. Dr. Augustus Oluyemi Oke, Rector, OSCOTECH; the founding Secretary of the Branch from 1996 to 2000 and founding Editor-in-Chief of Engineering and Technology Journal, NSE, Ilesa Branch from 1998 to 2001 for his various contributions to the field of Engineering.

Rep of President with Awarde

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Engr Adeniran Ibitoye (Kilomodemo), FNSE

National Executive Member
Chair, Media & Publicity (M&P)
Nigerian Society of Engineers


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