All protocols duly observed.
I welcome all attendees to the 4th Alumni Lecture of the University of Lagos Alumni Association which is being held in honour of a distinguished Alumnus and the outgoing Dean of the Faculty, Engr. Funso Falade. The lecture will be delivered by another distinguished Alumus and an engineer of repute in person of Engr. Adebayo Adeola, the Chairman of Comprehensive Project Management Services (CPMS) Limited.
Professor Falade’s tenure from August 1, 2016 will come to an end on July 31, 2020. The tenure has witnessed a number of giant strides amongst which is the setting up of the Alumni Association and the Industry Advisory Board. On behalf of all members of the Association, I thank Professor Falade for a most eventful and fruitful tour of duty and I wish him success in his future endeavours. I also wish to assure you him that his dreams for the association will come to fruition and it will soon be counted among reputable Alumni Associations globally. These, I declare, in the name of God.
The topic for today’s lecture was chosen carefully with a view to adding to the body of knowledge within our industry in the light of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Lecturer is an Engineer, a Teacher, a Strategist, a Project Manager, Director of a Bank and a distinguished Nigerian all wrapped in one. I assure you that the time spent listening to him will be time well spent.
Let me seize this opportunity to speak briefly to what the Alumni Association represents and sound the Clarion Call to all members of the association, public-spirited Nigerians and corporate organisations here present.
The University of Lagos Faculty of Engineering Alumni Association is a sub-set of the UNILAG Alumni Association. It serves thousands of Alumni worldwide through our various engagements. It also offers professional, networking, and mentoring services to members and to the Alma Mater.
The Association took off on 14th March, 2017 and its first executive led by Engr. Titi Omo-Ettu was inaugurated on 24th March, 2018. The Executive ran the Association creditably till February 27, 2020 when the present executive led by my humble self took over. The foundation for a virile Association was laid by its founding executive. It is our hope that this 2020/2022 Executive will build on that foundation notwithstanding the current pandemic.
In its few years of existence, the Association has been able to impact positively on our alma mater through various programmes and activities. Some of the modest achievements of the Association between 14th March, 2017 and date are listed below:
1. 1st Alumni Lecture
• Date – 16th March, 2017
• Lecturer – Engr. Charles Adekunle Aladewolu, FNSE
• Topic – Alumni as Drivers of Institutional Development
2. 2nd Alumni Lecture
• Date – 24th March, 2018
• Lecturer – Engr. Dideolu Falobi, FNSE
• Topic – Alumni Association: A Veritable Tool for Networking and Promotion of Professionalism
3. 3rd Alumni Lecture
• Date – 12th December, 2019
• Lecturer – Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu
• Topic – Professionals in Politics: Panacea for Sustainable National Development
4. Newsletter – 3 Editions were produced, each towards each Alumni Lecture.
a. The 1st Edition promoted the profiles of accomplished Alumni, in particular, BOT and ULEC 69/72 members aside highlighting faculty news and needs
b. The 2nd Edition promoted the profile of Alumni occupying political offices, the Industry Advisory Board and the 1st Hooding ceremony
c. The 3rd Edition highlighted the accomplishments of the outgoing Dean, Prof. Falade and Alumni intervention reports in the Faculty. It also celebrated 2019 first-class graduates.
5. Webinar Centre by 1999 set – A state of the art webinar centre completely furnished was donated to the faculty by 1999 set.
6. Babajide Sanwo-Olu Geotechnical Laboratory was donated to the Department of Surveying and Geo-Informatics. It consists of 84 computers networked and fully fitted with relevant software.
7. His Excellency, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu endowed a =N=50 Million Naira Professorial Chair in the Department of Surveying and Geo-Informatics during the 3rd Alumni Lecture.
8. His Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde also endowed a Professorial Chair in the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering during the 3rd Alumni Lecture.
9. Support for ULES Programmes. The association has provided consistent support in cash and mentorship for the programmes and activities of the University of Lagos Engineering Society (ULES).
10. Support for Various Faculty Programs
The Association has continued to support various programmes of the Faculty through attendance, financial support and facilitation as guest speaker where so required. Such programmes include HOODING, Graduation programmes and so on.
Projects in View
Let me also highlight some of the projects in view. Please note that this will be expatiated upon later. Suffice to call for support of all for the realization of these projects which are part of the Faculty’s vision for growth.
i. Study Centre:
Objective – To provide a conducive all round learning experience for students
Budget – =N=150 Million Naira for 2 suspended floors.
ii. Vertical Extension of the Dean’s office as well as the Mechanical and Civil Engineering Buildings.
Objective – To provide additional 8Nos. offices for lecturers and 416-capacity classrooms for students. The Dean’s office extension will accommodate the Alumni office.
Budget – Vertical Extensions of Building =N= 20 Million Naira each (3Nos.)
Vertical Extensions of Classrooms =N= 52 Million Naira each (4 Classrooms).
iii. Donation of Machine for Mechanical Workshop by 1985 set (In view)
I hereby call on all members of the Alumni to kindly register with the association and join us actively in elevating our alma mater to the esteemed position it deserves in the comity of faculties of engineering globally. Our location, as well as the quality and depth of our Alumni, are good reasons for our faculty to excel. The needs are many and the role of Alumni in meeting those needs cannot be overemphasized.
Let us leverage on our network and position to attract CSR projects to our faculty. Let us use our resources and time to improve the quality of education delivered by our alma mater. The time to act is now.
Various networking programmes have been put in place by the Alumni Association to ensure a symbiotic relationship among alumni; and between alumni and the faculty. Registration on our website will give you access to all the opportunities and programmes. Our website address is www.unilagfeaa.org.ng
Once again, I congratulate Professor Funso Falade for a successful tenure as the Dean and I welcome all of you to what I assure you, will be a most rewarding time.
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