Another speaker at the symposium was a former Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Peter Okebukola, who spoke on the topic ‘Education as Corner Stone of Sustainability in an Built Environment and Nation Building’. “Education is key for the development of skills and knowledge for growing the economy and spawning new industries,” he said. “It is necessary for promoting health, because knowledge about diseases, nutrition and hygiene is best preventive medicine – and knowledge is the prerequisite for inventing new cures; and education is also important for applying new technologies and the advancement of new knowledge because it provides the training essential for scientists and other professionals including architects and engineers like Baba Arole Iyi Omisore.”
The third speaker at the symposium was the Deputy Chief Coordinator of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Mr. Ayo Patrick Aderinwale, who pointed out that all the country’s built infrastructures has been bastardised by inept, corrupt and mindless leaders that took over from the founding fathers of modern Nigeria.
“There is urbanisation of poverty as it relates to the development of slums in city centres and the erosion of our city master plans, and public utilities like railways have been reversed against man and nature.”
Speaking in the same vein, The son of the nonagenarian engineer, Tokunbo Omisore, said “with the synopsis of the three distinguished lecturers I have no doubt in my mind that the country should be bothered on restructuring our educational system before considering any other thing.”