Relationship with other bodies
Engagement with the Government and the Public
Strenuous efforts are usually made by the branch to ensure that its voice is heard by the public throughout the year. To this end, the Chairman and other members of the Executive Committee have often participated in three radio programmes on the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria and the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State. They have also often made appearances on television programmes of the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS) and the Nigerian Television Authority (TNA), Ibadan. Topical issues relating to engineering practice in general and the welfare of Nigerian engineers are usually discussed during these programmes. Efforts have also been made, over the years, to continue to publish quarterly newsletters for free distribution to members in electronic and hard copy formats every year.
For years, the monthly meetings of the branch have always been publicized on the radio and television and in the daily newspapers. Also all special programmes and public lectures organized by the branch are usually covered by the print and electronic media. To maintain cordial relationships with some of the media houses, courtesy visits are usually paid to them from time to time.
Relationship with Other Professional Bodies
The Ibadan Branch of NSE has always maintained an excellent relationship with other professional bodies in Oyo State. The Chairman Vice-Chairman and the Secretary have, over the years, remained regular at the monthly meetings of the association of Professional Bodies in Nigeria (APBN). The Branch has always participated fully and actively in all APBN activities and remained up-to-date in its financial commitments to the Association. These, among other factors, culminated in the visit of the APBN Executive Committee to the branch during the monthly general meeting in January 2009 and the subsequent election of the Immediate past Chairman of the Branch, Engr. Dr. Ismaila as the Financial Secretary of the Association that same year. The branch has also continued to maintained very cordial and mutually beneficial relationship with other professional bodies including the Nigerian Institute of Builders (NIOB), Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), and the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA), among others.
Relationship with the Government
The NSE Ibadan, over the years, continues to maintain an excellent relationship with Oyo State Government. Often times, the Chairman and other members of the Executive Committee pay courtesy visits to various top government functionaries including incumbent governors, Commissioners, the Head of Service in the State, and permanent secretaries in various ministries, particularly those that were engineers, etc. The branch has also had cause to advice the Government on various issues relating to engineers and engineering practice over the years. The government has reciprocated the kind gesture of the branch in various ways over the years. For example, a number of the members of the branch have been appointed into in to membership of different committees, and made commissioners and Directors of Government Agencies and Parastatals.
Two engineers have also occupied the office of the Governor at different times. These were Dr. Victor Omololu Olunloyo (1983) and Senator Rasidi Adewolu Ladoja, FNSE (2003-2007). A past Chairman of the Branch, Engr. C.S.O. Akande, rose to the position of Head of Service in the old Oyo State before his retirement. Many other engineers became permanent Secretaries and directors of government establishments and Parastatals were they served with distinction. Between 2010 and 2011alone, no less than six engineers who were strong members of the branch were appointed as permanent Secretaries to head various ministries in Oyo State. These include Engr. Braimoh K. Aderogba, Engr. Joe O. Olaniyan, Engr. Yunusa K. Adisa, Engr. Oluseye O. Laoye, Engr. Rauf A. Olaniyan, and Engr. A.A. Adeyemi. Apart from contributing to the growth and development of Oyo State, many of the branch members have, over the years, also rendered meritorious service to the nation through the various appointments held. For example, Engr. Prof. F.O. Aboaba, a former member of the Editorial Board of the Branch was the first Dean of the Faculty of Technology at its inception in 1975.
He later served as the Executive Secretary to the Committee of Vice-Chancellors after his retirement in 1993; Engr. Dr. Adeyeri, another former member of the Editorial Board of the Branch was the pioneer Rector of the Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo State (now known as Rufus Giwa Polytechnic); Engr. Pro. Layi Fagbenle, a past Secretary of the Branch served as the pioneer Rector of the Polytechnic Iree, Osun State in 1983 and later became the Chief Adviser on Energy to the Government of Botswana in 2005; Engr. Pro. Olusoji Ofi became the first engineer to hold the office of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) in the University of Ibadan in the year 2000 and later became the Vice-President of COREN in 2007; Engr. Pro. Olufemi Bamiro became the first Engineer to served as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan from 2005 to 2010, while Engr. Ademola Adesuyi, the current Chief Examiner of the Branch, is also the pioneer Rector of the polytechnic, Igbajo. On the international scene a past Chairman of the Branch and past President of NSE Engr. Ifedayo Akintunde was the first Nigerian and the only one to date to serve as the Vice-President of the World Federation of Engineering Organization.
More recent examples of some of the kind of gesture of Oyo State Government are the allocation of plots of land on two occasions (1995 and 2007 respectively) to the branch, waiver of part of the fees paid by the branch for two plots of land being developed for the building of the Branch Secretariat, and the hosting of a dinner by the State Government in honour of NSE President, Engr. (Chief) Olumuyiwa Ajibola, FNSE in January 2010.