Thursday, 27 October 2011

Who is Arc. Abayomi Awoniyi?

Arc. Abayomi Awoniyi
Abayomi Sunday Benjamin Awoniyi was born to the family of Chief Sunday B. Awoniyi of Mopa in Mopamuro local Government Area of Kogi State on the 4th of September, 1960.

Fondly known as Yomi, he attended various primary schools before ending up at Adeola Model School Offa, Kwara State where he obtained the First School Leaving Certificate in 1970.

In 1971 he enrolled at Government Secondary School Okene (now Abdulazeez Atta Memorial College) for his secondary education. He later transferred to the famous Barewa College, Zaria where in 1976 he obtained the West African School Certificate, passing in Division One.
From Barewa College Yomi proceeded to the School of Basic Studies at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and thereafter, was admitted to the Department of Architecture of the same University. He graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master of Science degree in Architecture in 1983. To cap this he proceeded to the prestigious University College, London and graduated with Master of Science degree in Urban Development Planning 1984.

Upon completion of the mandatory National Youth Service Corps in 1985,    Arc Abayomi Sunday Benjamin Awoniyi worked with Architects Group Practice in Lagos. In 1988 he became a member of the Nigerian Institute of Architects. That same year he became a partner at a firm of Architects - Awoniyi Associates and to date has many residential and institutional building designs and construction to his credit.

He is a director of a number of companies including Boja Industries Limited – an industrial packaging and plastic manufacturing company located in Mopa, Candid Oil Services Limited, Bold Concept Construction Company Limited and Howas Services Limited.

From the onset of this democratic dispensation in 1998/1999, Yomi Awoniyi has been actively involved in politics under the banner of the Peoples Democratic Party. He contested for the Senate seat of  Kogi West Senatorial District but lost during the PDP Primaries held on 2nd December 2006.  He displaced uncommon sportsmanship by being the first to congratulate the winner. He went on to be an active supporter of the winner and participated robustly in ensuring a second term victory for the senator.

In 2000, he was appointed by the Federal Government, to the pioneer Board of the Onne Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority and was Chairman of the Investment Committee of the Board.

In 2005, he was again, appointed  to the Management Board of the University Teaching Hospital, Ilorin and  served  on various committees of the Board.

In 2009 he was  retained in Ilorin and appointed to Management Board of the  Nigeria Stored Products Research Institute, Ilorin, Kwara State. He was Chairman of the Staff Welfare Development Committee,  until all Federal Government Boards were dissolved  in October 2011.

Yomi was appointed Member of the  Presidential Project Assessment Committee (PPAC) on the 4th March 2010  by President Goodluck Jonathan. The committee, a special one, is responsible for preparing an inventory of all on-going Federal Government Projects and looking into value for money issues. It is charged with the task of  assessing the components of  all projects with a view to fast tracking their delivery as envisioned  in  the underlining  government objective and policy.

To give bite to his philanthropic spirit, he founded the Yomi Awoniyi Organization which is involved in provision of scholarships to students in institutions of higher learning and making available  micro credit facilities.   

I appreciation of his contribution to his community, in 2006, the Elulu of Mopaland conferred on him the honourary title  - Lisa of Mopa.

He is a member of a number of professional bodies including the Nigeria Institute of Architects, the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria and the Nigeria Institute of Management.

Yomi is married and blessed with three wonderful children

Yomi’s hobbies include
Reading management books and biographies Squash Badminton

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