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COREN tasks  professionals on integrity, as SMEDAN Director, Ozigi retires

From right: Dr. Ahmed Mabudi Bashar representative of the Minister of State FMITI, Mr David Abu Ozigi and Mrs. F. O. Ozigi at the occasion
By Perpetua Onuegbu
The Registrar of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Prof. Adisa Bello, has described integrity in professional practice as a strong tool for development the nation and its economy.
Bello said this at a retirement party organised in Abuja, for Mr David Ozigi, an engineer and a former director at the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN).
The COREN registrar, who spoke on a topic “Character and Integrity in Professional Practice’’ said that strong adherence to it is both beneficiary to individuals and the nation a a whole
Bello 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 further outlined the importance of integrity in the work place to be beneficial to both the individual and the organisation.
The registrar stated that the individual gains respect, trust and confidence of his peers and bosses, thus integrity in the workplace ultimately guarantees overall success.
According to him, some of the characteristics of a man of character and integrity include valuing other people’s time, giving credit to where credit is due.
“They are always honest and never take advantage of others. They give most people the benefit of doubt; they believe in others and trust others.
Bello, therefore, described the retiring SMEDAN director as an epitome of character and integrity.
He went down memory to 1985 when he had his first contact as an engineering student with Ozigi who was his lecturer at ATBU Bauchi, where he taught the course with the title Strength of Materials.
He described Ozigi as a gentle man a lot of youths still look up to and need to emulate his character and integrity.
Ozigi, according to him, has impacted positively on many people’s lives and he maintains his composure in virtually everywhere he is.
In his remarks, the President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Mr Tasiu Sa’ad-Wudil, said that the celebrator was a lecturer at ATBU Bauchi in the 80’s, and noted for hard work and strictness.
Wudil also 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 celebrator is a member of the chapter.
Wudil prayed that God Almighty reward him abundantly for the positive virtues he had impacted on the lives of some of his former students.
Pastor Joseph Seyi-Malomo, Chaplain of the Aso Chapel in his sermon titled “God does not believe in retirement but in completion of life call” drew his texts from Exodus 7:7; Deuteronomy 34:7 and 2 Timothy 1:9.
 “We gather to celebrate Mr Ozigi who has had a successful 35 years career as a civil servant. We should however, note that God does not believe in retirement.
The Scripture says in 2 Timothy 1:9 that God saved us and called us to a Holy Calling. The Holy Calling is the totality of God’s Assignments in the life of a person.
“Since Life is in phases and men are in sizes, this holy calling may take you through different vocations and service in your life.
“The completion of one service may be called your retirement by the law and policy governing the career, but it is not retirement from the “holy calling” in the eyes of God”.
He said that Moses at 120 years still served God diligently in spite of his old age.
“Even at 120 years, the Bible says he wanted to do more particularly because his natural strength was not weak neither were his eyes dim.
“So, God’s promise to Engr Ozigi and everyone here at this retirement in service is that once He has more assignment for you, your retirement from the current service is not the conclusion,” Malomo added.
The occasion was chaired by retired Gen.  Chris  Garuba. Other dignitaries at the event included the Mother of the day, Dr Dere Awosika; Chairman Access Bank Plc represented by Mrs Ibukun Odusote, retired Federal Permanent Secretary.
Others were the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, represented by Mr Gulani Musa, Director, General Services and the Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment Amb. Mariam Katagum represented by Dr Ahmed Bashar.
Also at occasion were a representative of the Kogi State Government, Mr Moses Okezie – Okafor, Director-General Energy Commission of Nigeria Prof. Eli Bala represented by  Mr Nathaniel Omale and others.(NAN)(www.nannews .ng)
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Edited by Isaac Aregbesola