The Registrar of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Engr. Prof. Adisa A. Bello, has praised the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN) for its contribution to the development of engineering practice in Nigeria.
He made the remark at the retirement thanksgiving celebration dinner organised in honour of Engr. David Abu Ozigi, a former director of SMEDAN.
Bello, who spoke on the topic; ‘’Character and Integrity in Professional Practice’’ described professional integrity as the practice of maintaining ethical behaviour, strong adherence to moral and ethical principles and values such as honesty, honour, dependability and trustworthiness.
He said integrity in the workplace is beneficial to both the individual and the organization, noting that the individual gains the respect, trust and confidence of his peers and bosses.
“Integrity in the workplace ultimately guarantees overall success,” he said.
Prof Bello described the celebrant as an epitome of character and integrity. He went down memory to 1985 when he had his first contact with Engr. Ozigi as his lecturer at ATBU Bauchi where he taught Strength of Materials.
He described all the former students of ATBU Bauchi that were taught by Engr Ozigi as very fortunate. “Ozigi took his time even outside his scheduled lecture hours to ensure that everyone understood the courses he taught. He impacted positively on many people’s lives and he maintains his composure virtually everywhere he is,” he said.
Earlier, the president of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Engr. Tasiu Gidari Sa’ad-Wudil, said the celebrant was noted for hard work and strictness.
He informed the gathering that he was not surprised that his children are doing excellently well in their academics.
He further stated that as the chief examiner for the recruitment of new members into NSE Maitama chapter, he was very delighted to find out that the celebrant is a member of the chapter.
Also speaking, chaplain of the Aso Chapel, Pastor Joseph Seyi Malomo, said God does not believe in retirement.