UNILAG turns light on Youthful Solutions.
A 5 MINUTES INVITED SPEECH AT
THE PAADC GRAND FINALE, UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS, JULY 27, 2019
Many thanks to PAADC (Prof Ayodele Awojobi Design Competition) Managers for inviting me to an Event I would have been ready to pay to attend.
I will use my five minutes to mention three things – All of them THANK YOU MESSAGES.
My First THANKYOU goes to my classmates, the 1969-72 set of our Faculty who approved a proposal from one of us to mount the burst of late Prof Ayodele Awojobi in the Faculty. That project was our collective reaction to a report I gave in one of our meetings (in 2005) that I mentioned Prof Awojobi’s name to an audience of about 80 undergraduates of our Faculty and not one of them knew anything about Prof Ayo Awojobi. Our reading then was that our mass media system might have been promoting mediocrity, corruption and avarice while leaving our heroes, attainments and achievements unreported and therefore unrecorded. The burst was eventually mounted in the Faculty Quadrangle in 2007.
The good story is that the undergraduates of today are upgrading the narrative that burst was meant to tell and are now telling Prof Awojobi’s story to the world. Ditto is happening in technology, arts, and entertainment where our youths are unarguably excelling That is not to say I am unaware of several youths who sit down there moaning and saying things are getting worse in their lifes. I even know that more say so than the millions that are turning things better. You choose what you want to sleep with, I choose mine.
My second THANKYOU goes to the electorates of Nigeria’s South West who appear to have commenced the reversal of the normally queer choice of our political leadership. Three states have voted for INFRASTRUCTURAL REVIVAL of a nation whose major problem, after corruption, is infrastructural deficiency. I do not agree with those who think that the election of an all-engineering team into political Leadership of more than half of south west is a mere accident.
In 3 public lectures in the past 3 years I have argued that Nigeria must adopt the Chinese Model of Political Leadership which prescribes that 80% of those in political leadership are engineers or those with engineering background. That is the secret of China’s success and it is not an unexplainable magic.
In our recent elections People of Lagos, Ogun and Oyo states have voted for an all-engineering leadership.
His Excellency Mr. Jide Sanwoolu graduated Surveying from the Faculty of Engineering University of Lagos while his deputy, His Excellency Engr Obafemi Hamzat read Agricultural Engineering at the University of Ibadan. In Oyo State His Excellency Engr Seyi Makinde graduated from the Unilag Faculty of Engineering while his Deputy Engr Rauf Olaniyan graduated civil engineering from University of Nigeria, Nsukka. In Ogun state His Excellency Dapo Abiodun is an accountant while his Deputy Her Excellency Engr Noimot Salako-Oyedele is an engineer from Unilag.
The challenge for these six egg heads is to prove that Nigerians are thinking right and to justify their choices.
My third THANKYOU goes to His Excellency Mr. Jide Sanwoolu who, I am told, has always given very handsome institutional and financial support to the PAADC Project.
I congratulate all participants at today’s competition. You are all winners to have reached this stage and my take is that if any competitors project does not win, it should not be a death signal to the project. Infact it should signal another beginning for its development.
Thank you ladies and gentlemen. I am here all day.
Titi Omo-Ettu FAEng, FNSE
Lagos. July 27. 2019.