Prof. Raphael Afonja, Ph.D., R.Engr.(COREN), CESCO, CEP, REP, M.NSE., M.ASCE who was born to the family of Dr. and Mrs Afonja of Adesiyan Compound, Isale Afon, Ogbomoso grew up in Kaduna where he attended Hope Primary School before attending Barewa College, Zaria, and Unity School Ejigbo, Osun State.

He is the Founder of ICARE a Non-profit Organization in the US and Nigeria whose mission focuses on Women Empowerment, Medical Outreach, Education, and Food Security. He is the Chairman of Gamut Engineering and Technology Services and was an Aspirant to become a Member of Federal House of Representatives on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party in this last election.

Prof. Afonja attended the City University of New York, Long Island University, University of North Dakota, and Eastern New Mexico University where he obtained degrees in Computer Science (A.Sc.), Applied and Theoretical Physics (B.Sc.), Engineering Science (B.Sc., Mechanical), Environmental Science (M.Sc.), Information Science (Ph.D., coursework), Civil Engineering (Ph.D.), and he is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration. He served as an infantryman/Water Treatment Specialist in the United States Army before becoming a Professor of Engineering at City University of New York.

He also served as an Airman with the United States Air Force, where he managed and led the Engineering planning function team. Prof. Afonja other professional job experience includes Dean of Faculty at SOWELA Technical Community College, Senior Research Engineer and Consultant with City of Grand Forks, North Dakota. He also worked as a Research Scientist with City University of New York, a Visiting Professor at the University of North Dakota, then went on to lecture as a Professor at SOWELA Technical Community College.

Prof. Raphael Afonja.

Prof. Afonja was accepted as a Fulbright Scholar at Lagos State University and he has presented and published thirteen research papers while in academia.

He is a Registered Civil Engineer with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering, Nigeria, a member of American Society of Civil Engineers, a member of Nigeria Society of Engineers, he is a Registered Environmental Professional with the National Registry of Environmental Professionals, a Certified Environmental Professional with the Academy Board of Certified Environmental Professional, and a Certified Environmental and Safety Compliance Officer.

A shinning star to watch out for in terms of timely delivery, focus on the mandate given and a high sense of duty to mention few.

One thing caught my attention since his appointment as the honourable Commissioner for Works and Transport is what I call unusual sense of duty far from what we used to have around in Oyo State.

My team and I were in the state Some days ago and from the feelers we received he did not only take it upon himself to go round the state to ascertain the true state of roads where some would rather settle for what the paper handed over to them says, but this enigma ensures that in everyday he justifies his oath of allegiance to the state on the office he oversees.

Report have it that he and his team weeks ago in the rain along Ojoo-Moniya road instead of getting into their cars for the rain to at least subside, continued inspection with more of a seemingly satisfactory smile on his face.

And as if that was not enough, days ago on Apete-Akufo road was another of such encounter with the same conduct and I came to a conclusion that he would be one of the best Commissioners in the country if that tempo doesn’t go down.

But as they say that time tells more of man than words, I am certain beyond doubt that the magic wand of Prof Raphael Afonja will soon be fully felt allover Oyo state’s poor roads to bring it back into shape.

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