ARCON Fetes Retirees First Time Since Establishment in 1969

Fadekemi Ajakaiye

The Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON) recently organised a sent-forth event in Lagos for all its staff that retired since its inception in 1969.
President of ARCON, Arc. (Sir) Dipo Ajayi said that the journey had been tortuous but thanked God for this far He has helped them.

He said, “It is clear that our staff have been so supportive and wonderful. Hence, their efforts and dutifulness have helped us to get to where we are today. And I can’t thank you enough.

“Many of you retirees will recall that when I came in as the President of ARCON, I inherited 15 court cases but with your support, we have won 12. Kudos to you all.

“We called for this ceremony to publicly sing your praises over your meritorious service with the council. With what God has enabled us to do, together, we have laid a foundation that cannot be shaken for ARCON.

“Though you have served and retired, I urge you to stand for the truth and nothing but the truth.  In as much as we are eager to identify with you, we urge you to identify with us and represent us well in all your endeavours.

“All of you have done well and we implore you to watch our back for us. All of you have done well and we implore you to watch our back for us. I’m eternally indebted to you all.”

The president also charged serving staff to exemplify good spirit and dedication to their job and surpass the landmarks the retirees have established.
Ajayi charged them to pay more sacrifice in order to raise the bar of architecture in Nigeria, which is one of the mandates of the council.

“Be thoughtful, be more active and come up with fresh innovations and ideas that will increase the council’s earnings.”

The Registrar of ARCON, Umar Murnai, who expressed gratitude to the retirees, noted that ARCON having reviewed its achievements in the last few years, concluded that the members of staff have been very diligent in executing their task.

Murnai, who said this was the first since the council was established in 1969, added: “Without their work, the council wouldn’t have been able to achieve its feat.”
On why the event was held in Lagos, the registrar said: “We decided to do it in Lagos to, in a way, commission the newly remodelled ARCON building in Lagos. “Now, we have enough space to engage in our activities.”

He urged all the retirees to be good ambassadors of ARCON, saying, “Don’t dissociate yourself from ARCON.”

Arc. Kayode Anibaba, appealed to ARCON to take good care of the retirees. “They are assets who know the history of the council more than some of us. Yes, they have retired, but they can still be useful to the council. I plead that no matter what, let’s ask after their welfare because they’ve done a lot for ARCON.”

Arc. Ladi Lewis called on the council to carry along both the retired and serving staff, and urged the retirees to be good ambassadors of ARCON.

Noting that many of them are living archives of the council, he urged the council to work towards coming up with its history, using some of the narratives from the retirees.

One of the retirees, Anthony Aghwadoma, thanked the council for its gesture and pledged to offer any assistance within his power to the council at any time.
Another retiree, Andy Ohiomah, who expressed delight over the send-forth, praised the council and management ARCON for taking the right step in redeveloping its Lagos office    

“I’m happy that we’re not being sent forth under Potter’s cabin”, adding that the delivery of the project was a dream come true for him.

ARCON for the first time since its establishment in 1969 thought it necessary to organise a send-forth ceremony for all its retired staff.  The event was held last week in Ikoyi, Lagos.

The retirees include Mrs. Titilayo Adenekan, Mr. Anthony Aghwadowa, Mr. Matthew Obodeti, Mr. Andrew Ohiomah. Mr. Celestine Ikekweren, Mr. Ojo Jones and Mr. Otegbade Sunkanmi.  Others are Mr. Saidi Yusuf, Mr. Mohammed Sani, Mr. Godson Gbufor, Mr. Salifu Ibrahim, Mrs. Salawu Tawakalitu and Mr. Abdulhamid Musa.

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