The National President of this great Association, Tpl. Niyi. Odetoye, FNITP,
The Executive Committee and Council Members,
Distinguished Town Planning Consultants,
Ladies and Gentlemen.
On behalf of Exco and Council of the Association for Consulting Engineering in Nigeria-ACEN, I wish to say, I feel greatly honoured and delighted to share with you in this epoch event of your Association.
I am happy to be with you for three reasons:
First, since inception in 1971, one of the key pillars of ACEN, handed over to us by our founding fathers, is the fostering of national and international relations. As a pull of independent-minded engineers and entrepreneurs, we identify with, and share with sister associations, in ideals that strengthen the development of engineering practices in Nigeria.
Second, we believe strongly that engineering is development, and that it is multifaceted and interdependent. To enable us to build a nation where cities and towns are well planned and laid-out, we must work with, and share ideas with professional town planners whose knowledge and insights would help us build infrastructures that are resilient and sustainable.
Thirdly, I am happy to be with you today because I gravitate
towards the gathering of great thinkers. Looking at the handwriting on
the wall, there is no better time than now for us to evaluate our performances
and bring together fresh crops of consultants to explore innovative ways of promoting
consultancy quality in a post-pandemic era.
Ladies and gentlemen,
There is no denying that the past five months have been rocky for all Professional Consultants of diverse disciplines all over the world. The upsurge of the novel Coronavirus pandemic disrupted virtually all business and consultancy activities in the world. And Nigeria was not an exception.
It halted businesses, canceled global conferences and corporate gatherings, and it wreaked havoc on our professional practices as the award of contracts were in its minimal ratio.
As we are emerging out of the pandemic, things would no longer be the same. To survive in the post-COVID-19 economy calls for swift adoption of tools and technology, diversification of products and or services, and fast delivery channels. Only consultants, individuals, and businesses who have the tools, technology, and know-how to meet the needs of clients swiftly would have the edge.
The theme of this AGM is well-structured and well-fitting given the situation that we are in. “Exploring New Age Technology for Sustainability of Urban Planning Consultancy in a Post Pandemic Era”.
The time is right for Urban Planning Consultants to explore, adapt, and harness new-age technology in their delivery of professional services for sustainability and scalability of businesses.
I am confident and convinced that a lot of learning, unlearning, relearning and re-skilling would take place here today as the resource persons who have been invited to share their ideas with us are consultants par excellence and professionals of impeccable quality.
I would like to point out here that the keys to sustainable urban planning are Leadership (Boldness), Innovation (Creativity), Talent (Skills), and a leap of faith.
As your sister association, we would work with you, share with you, and together we would improve the quality of lives of the Nigerian people while providing services in an environmentally friendly manner which will enhance our nation’s technology, productivity and also stimulate economic activities.
I wish you well, and may you have a fruitful Annual General Meeting.
God bless you!
Engr. George C. Okoroma, FNSE, JP