By Ayodele Popoola
Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria (APBN), Ondo State chapter has inaugurated its new executive to direct the association’s affairs for the next two years with Sir David Ologun as Chairman.
Other executive members inaugurated were; J. I. Olofinte as 1st Vice Chairman, Adebukola Mogaji as 2nd Vice Chairman, Rotimi Ayinla as Secretary, Morenike Afolabi as Financial Secretary, Olusegun Adeyemi Hosea as Publicity Secretary and Michael Olorunfemi as Ex-Officio.
Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu congratulated Sir Ologun on his assumption of office as the Ondo APBN chairman and pledged the government’s support for the association.
Akeredolu said his government is passionate about enhancing the capacity of its workers particularly as related to professionalization, noting that government knows how important it is for professionals to be given a vital place in the various sectors of the nation’s economy.
The Governor who was represented by the state Head of Service, Kayode Ogundele said the government recognizes the importance of professional certification and is doing all within its limited resources to encourage its officers to belong to one professional body or the other.
He reiterated his administration’s effort to reduce the brain drain in the state and also encouraged the state youth professional to become an entrepreneur to always look for an avenue where they can develop themselves.
Chairman of the occasion, Mr. Ade Adetimehin described Sir Ologun as a man of principle and dignity who would always want things to be done right at all times.
Adetimehin represented by Festus Oladapo called on the association to engage its members in several and constant seminars.
In her lecture, themed “ Role of Professional Bodies: Beyond Survival in Tough Times in Nigeria, Dr. (Mrs) P.T. Fadiran urged professionals to transit beyond survival mode and go beyond their comfort zone to take responsibility for what they are.
Fadiran added that as a professional they should not just struggle to live or exist but to live a life worthy of a professional.
Another major highlight of the ceremony was the conferment of awards on some notable indigenes of the state including; Most Reverend Jude Arogundade, Major Gen. J.A. Omosebi (RTD)., Desmond Eke, Kayode Ogundele, Toyin Ajayi and Abiodun Adejo.