Idah community in kogi state has applauded President Muhammadu Buhari over the approval of the appointment of Elder Samson Ameh Opaluwah as the Chairman of the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON).
The spokesperson of the ancient Idah community , Elder Ochijenu Adama disclosed this in Idah at the weekend after a brief meeting of the association , saying that the appointed of Elder Opaluwah to the exalted position is a square peg in a square hole.
The community holds that his appointment has come at a no better time than now, considering his wealth of experience in the service to humanity in the society of Nigeria and in international communities.
The appointment of Elder Opaluwah took effect following his inauguration in Abuja, as presided over by the Honorable Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola last week.
Opaluwah was until his appointment, the Chairman Board of Trustees of the Nigerian Institute of Facilities Engineering & Management, a division of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE).
Also , he is the Group Chief Executive Officer of Khariz Group, Abuja, a group of companies involved in Projects implementation Consultancy, Building/Civil Engineering Construction, Entrepreneurship Development, Property & Facilities Management and Agribusiness.
Elder Opaluwah whom the elder of the Idah community said would bring his experience into bear and turn around the CORBON into a performing one is said to have served in the various capacity in the field of human endeavour ,among others, as “the Director of Public Procurement in the Federal Ministry of Works, Federal Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Federal Ministry of Health, Federal Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Police Affairs prior to his retirement from the Federal Civil Service on 1st October, 2014”.
It’s said prior to his retirement, he was Deputy Director, Sports Facilities & Stadia Development in the National Sports Commission and the pioneer Director of Maintenance at the National Hospital, the Presidency, Abuja.
He is said to be a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, where he bagged a First Class Honors in Engineering in 1978, followed by Leeds University, UK, where he was also awarded a Master of Science Degree (MSc Engineering) in 1983.
As part of his service to humanity, he was said to have contributed immensely to the enthronement of an efficient management culture in Nigeria especially in the Federal Capital City, and has published two books on the practice of Facility Management in Nigeria for which he was awarded a Doctorate Degree by St Clements University, Turks & Caicos Island.
He is also the Charter President of the Abuja chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and currently the Chairman Board of Trustees of the Nigerian Institute of Facilities Engineering & Management.
Among others , he is said to be a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Building, fellow, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Fellow, Nigerian Institute of Management, Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers; Fellow, Nigerian Institute of Highways & Transportation Engineers;
It’s said his current professional focus is developing home-grown solutions to the Housing deficit in Nigeria, Strategic Facilities Management of Infrastructure ,Projects, Public Procurement capacity building and the Up skilling of Artisans in the Nigerian Construction Industry
With such a person in charge of affairs of this CORBON, the community said he has the necessary pedigree to fix the agency to the benefit of county .