Portrait of an Exemplified Achieving Leader, Engr. Ukeme Okpob MNSE

As posited by an American Scholar and Organizational Consultant, Warren G. Bennis, *”Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality”* this summarizes the one year achievements of Egnr. Ukeme Okpob as the Chairman Nigerian Society of Engineers, Uyo Branch.

Sincerely, the big dream of Nigerian Society of Engineers, Uyo Branch is set to metamorphose in to a reality as the Society is set for the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the building of The National Engineering Certre Annex (the 3rd in the country)/Uyo Branch Secretariat. The building is to shelter all the Engineers in Akwa Ibom State and Nigeria at large.

The idea of this project was conceptualized by Engr. Okpob, a visionary and capacity leader who has the foresight of providing a long lasting solution to prevailing challenges. Not surprising, Engr. Okpob is known to be a servant leader with good record of achievements. He is dedicated to any duty assigned to him to ensure maximum result.

Engr Okpob is the CEO/MD of Opulence 5 Contractors Ltd, a construction/consulting firm based in Uyo. He is also the country representative of Kenzai Ceramic Industries Company of Thailand and a Sole distributor of Kenzai Ceramic tiles in Nigeria.

Academically, He holds an Ordinary National Diploma in Building Construction from Institute of Management and Technology, IMT Enugu, A Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu and an MSc in Construction Management from University of Uyo in view.

He is a member of Akwa Ibom State Public Procurement Council and was appointed by the President, Muhammadu Buhari into Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for Technology Incubation Centre (TIC) Uyo as a Board Member. He is an astute and God fearing gentleman who has excelled in whatever responsibility he is undertaken.

Architecturally, the National Engineering Center Annex, Uyo will contain 2 boardrooms, 500 capacity conference auditorium, digital library, sizeable kitchenette & restaurant, reception portal, 9 administration rooms and a open floor space all with high speed WI-FI, interactive projector screen etc.

The structure when completed will provide facilities such as
multi-purpose hall, which will serve as a meeting hall, provide appropriate accommodation for a
planned Professional Development activities, International Workshops, Conferences and Exhibitions. The building will be ICT compliance. The conducive edifice will enhance efficiency and productivity of engineering services.

With the speed of work so far and capacity demonstrated by members of NSE Uyo Branch, the project would be successfully completed at the stipulated time. We can boldly say that Engr. Ukeme Okpob is an exemplified strength of character, focus and commitment that is worthy to be emulated by other leaders for the growth and development of Nigeria.

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