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A member of Nigerian Society of Engineers; Nigerian Institute of Structural Engineers; Nigerian Institute of Civil Engineers, and also member of Council of Registered Engineers of Nigeria, Olujimi Nunayon Hotonu was born in London on April 4, 1961. For the First School Leaving Certificate, he was educated at Ireti Primary School Ikoyi, Lagos from 1966-1971. He, then proceeded to the Methodist Boys High School Lagos in 1972, and later the Federal School of Art& Science from 1977- 1979 where he obtained the West African Certificate (WASC) and the Higher School Certificate respectively.

Thereafter, he left for University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos, where bagged a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc. Hons) degree in Civil Engineering in 1983. For his postgraduate studies, he remained at the same institution and came out successful with a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Civil Engineering (Structures) in 1985.

Mr. Hotonu started his working career in 1983 as Pupil Engineer with Adejumo Ogunsola & Partners after which he joined the Lagos State Civil Service in 1986 as Executive Engineer, and deployed to the Structural Section of the Ministry of Works. He rose to the Post of Senior Executive Engineer in 1989, promoted Principal Engineer in April 1992, and was redeployed to Engineering Service Department, New Towns Development Authority where he worked until August 1995.

He also served as Assistant Chief Engineer Ministry of Works from September 1996 to July 1999, ad was later posted in the same capacity to the Ministry of Transportation (August 1999 March 2000). In April, he was back in the Ministry of Works as a Chief Engineer, Special Projects Department, was promoted Assistant Director/ Head, Special Projects Department in August 2004, and by June 2007, he became Deputy Director/ Head, Special Project Department, Ministry of Works & Infrastructure. He was elevated Director in August 2010, and posted to Engineering Service Department Ministry of Housing in September 2011,  the position he occupied till he was appointed Permanent Secretary, Office of Infrastructure.

In the course of his career, he has attended several Courses, Seminars and Workshops which include Supervision and Management of Civil/ Buildings Engineering Projects, Effective Project Management, Workshop on proposed Urban Youth Employment and Empowerment Project Managing and Leading Strategic Change, and Sustainability of Existing Infrastructure in Lagos State among others.

In 2015, Mr. Hotonu who has as his hobbies in Snooker, Table Tennis, and Reading, was redeployed as Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resource and was redeployed to Ministry of Works and Infrastructure as Permanent Secretary in August 2017


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