In a recent keynote address, Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, highlighted the significance of technology in a nation’s advancement.
He emphasized that those ready to embrace and adapt to technology are poised to shape the future.
Dr. Hamzat delivered this message at the Induction Ceremony of the University of Ibadan Engineering Graduands for the 2021/2022 session.
The event, held at the Faculty of Technology Lecture Theatre in Ibadan, Oyo State, marked the graduation of engineering students into the Nigerian Society of Engineers.
Technology’s Versatility and Societal Impact
Dr. Hamzat emphasized the adaptability of technology, stating that it can address a variety of issues and circumstances.
He praised its transformational role in governance and socio-economic growth, brought about by innovative strategies and initiatives.
Additionally, he stressed the pivotal role engineers play in socio-economic development, particularly in areas like intermodal transport, road construction, housing, and food security through mechanized farming and grain storage.
Engineers as Solution Providers and Shaping Perceptions
The Deputy Governor urged the inductees to see the induction as a stepping stone towards realizing their engineering dreams.
He encouraged them to approach their profession with a mindset of constant learning, unlearning, and relearning due to the ever-evolving nature of technology.
Dr. Hamzat underlined the importance of engineers in addressing contemporary challenges like climate change, agricultural production, and infrastructural development.
He acknowledged the public’s negative perception stemming from incidents like building collapses and called for reshaping this perspective.
Unveiling Opportunities and Encouraging Innovation
Highlighting the vast opportunities within the engineering field, Dr. Hamzat urged young engineers to explore these prospects.
He particularly emphasized their potential to enhance the public sector through innovative ideas.
He advised them to draw inspiration from mentors and to continuously seek knowledge.
The Deputy Governor’s key advice to aspiring engineers included the importance of continuous learning, perseverance, and the realization that dreams can indeed become achievable realities.
Vice Chancellor’s Encouragement and National Contribution
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof. Kayode Adebowale, also addressed the graduating engineering students.
He stressed the importance of character and being positive representatives of the institution.
Prof. Adebowale highlighted the nation’s need for their expertise to drive socio-economic and political development.
This echoed the theme of engineers as essential contributors to national progress.
The ceremony marked a significant moment for young engineers as they embark on their professional journey, armed with insights and encouragement from leaders in their field.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn