The Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineers (NIStructE) has elected the Deputy Rector (Academic), Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech), Engr. Dr. Kehinde Osifala as the 20th President of the Institute.
The investiture which took place recently at Yabatech attracted important dignitaries in the Engineering field from far and wide.
Speaking at the investiture, the Rector of Yabatech, Engr. Obafemi Omokungbe congratulated NIStructE and most especially the newly elected President. He noted that for Yabatech community, this is a laudable and worthy of celebration, to have one of the institution’s best brain, an erudite scholar, a renowned teacher and a seasoned administrator as head to run the affairs of the prestigious NIStructE.
Omokungbe hinted that Osifala who has served meritoriously in Yabatech for 36 years has also contributed immensely to the academic and administrative development of the College. He assured NIStructE that Osifala will bring in the desired development to the profession and will also raise the quality of service of the institution, and this is a call to service and great responsibility to the association which the new President has so much passion for.
He said that the role of NIStructE in our nation is critical to our national and economic development as well as our safety, continuing he said, there is a need to regulate the profession to ensure that only qualified and competent hands are engaged. It is important that the necessary partnership with the government and other relevant organizations must be formed by the Institute to checkmate the activities of quacks. Emphasis must be laid on professional development which the Institute is highly committed. With the right leadership, the challenges facing the institution will be reduced to the barest minimum or eradicated completely.