𝑮𝒐𝒂𝒍 𝒈𝒆𝒕𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒔 𝒅𝒐 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒒𝒖𝒊𝒕 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒊𝒓 𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒖𝒈𝒈𝒍𝒆 𝒕𝒐𝒘𝒂𝒓𝒅𝒔 𝒂𝒄𝒉𝒊𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒊𝒓 𝒈𝒐𝒂𝒍, 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒚 𝒔𝒆𝒆 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚 𝒔𝒕𝒖𝒎𝒃𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒃𝒍𝒐𝒄𝒌 𝒂𝒔 𝒂 𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒆𝒏𝒈𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒌𝒆𝒆𝒑 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒎 𝒇𝒐𝒄𝒖𝒔𝒔𝒆𝒅 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒂𝒅𝒇𝒂𝒔𝒕.
This well known fact is story of the Chairman of Nigerian Society of Engineers( NSE), Uyo branch, Engr. Ukeme Okpob.
Upon inception of office, Okpob promised the members of NSE Uyo branch three cardinal things namely: Building of a National Engineering Centre/ NSE Uyo branch Secretariat, awareness and Welfare of Engineers.
Today, Nigerian Society of Engineers( NSE), Uyo branch is now a household name as awareness about the role of Engineers in the Society has been sufficiently created.
In less than nine months after the ground breaking ceremony, Engr. Okpob has written his name in the annals of History as the first branch Chairman in Uyo branch to build a Secretariat.
Okpob being a visionary leader started the NSE Secretariat building like a mustard seed when there was little or no funds but with the faith that God will provide. He did not give up but worked hard to make sure that his vision of building a Secretariat to house Engineers in Akwa Ibom State come to reality. Today, to the glory of God, that structure which started barely nine months ago has been sheltered with a roof and the next NSE Uyo branch General meeting will no longer take place in a rented apartment but rather it will take place in a Secretariat that Uyo branch can call her own.
The man, Engr. Okpob in a bid to improve the welfare of his members also ensured that the salary of Engineers in the State Ministry, Department and Agencies are harmonized. He also facilitated the visit to the head of Civil service and the SSG to ensure that the entry level of Engineers beginning from grade level 9 be implemented by Akwa Ibom State government. This and many more achievements had made the Chairman, ‘a talk and do capacity Chairman’.
As a prophet, he saw in to the future to prophecy that one day, a member of NSE Uyo branch will be appointed as a commissioner in Akwa Ibom State.
Today, a very committed and dedicated member of NSE Uyo branch, Engr. Dr. Bassey Bassey Okon has been appointed into the State Executive council. This is the greatest welfare enjoyed by a member of the branch. You would recall that during the Ibom 2021 Engineering Conference, the branch Chairman, Engr. Okpob had appealed to the state government to appoint square pegs in square holes and by extension, appoint Professional Engineers from Uyo branch as commissioners for efficient service delivery. Those that know the capacity of the new commissioner appointee in the person of Engr. Dr. Bassey Bassey Okon will attest to the fact that this Lecturer in the department of Mechanical Engineering, Akwa Ibom State University, Ikot Akpaden is a square peg in a square hole. The Uyo branch of NSE is particularly grateful to his Excellency, Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel for this well deserved appointment.
Like the biblical Jeremiah, Engr. Okpob had been emphasizing during the branch meetings that before the end of his tenure, an indigenous and credible member of NSE Uyo Branch will be appointed a Commissioner by the State Government. With the inauguration of Commissioners taking place today, that prophecy has come to fulfillment. Can we then say that the Chairman of NSE Uyo Branch is a visionary leader or a prophet? The answer rest in his sterling achievements.