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Don to examine construction challenges at OAU inaugural lecture

The 318th inaugural lecture of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, will focus on the challenges facing the construction industry, the organisers have said.

The lecture titled, ‘Unsettling uncertainties of construction in an uncertain world: The cost, the challenges and the conquests’, scheduled for Tuesday, will be delivered by the Head of the Department of Quantity Surveying of the institution, Prof. Henry Odeyinka.

The school said in a statement that Odeyinka graduated from the university with a degree in quantity surveying in 1984, bagged a Master’s of Science degree in construction management from the University of Lagos in 1987, and a postgraduate diploma in project management from the Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies in Rotterdam, Netherlands in 1993.

According to the statement, Odeyinka also obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the OAU in 1995 and a PhD in Construction Management and Economics from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2003.

It added, “He has been an active member of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors since his election in 1989. He has served as an examiner to the institute and also as a resource person at the institute’s conferences and seminars. He was invited as a keynote speaker at the NIQS research conferences held in September 2015.

“In addition, he is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and also a member of the Association for Project Management. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy based in the United Kingdom, and also a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors. He is a member of the UK-based Association of Researchers in Construction Management.

“Odeyinka has contributed to the training of well over 1,000 quantity surveyors in Nigeria and the United Kingdom.

While in the United Kingdom, he also pioneered the development of a new Master’s programme in commercial management in construction meant to help contractors’ quantity surveyors to up their skills. He was also the course director of the programme before his return to Nigeria in 2013.”

Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi

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