*He is a workaholic, says construction giant’s MD
The management of Julius Berger Nigeria (JBN) Plc has honoured the company’s Executive Director (Administration) Alhaji Zubairu Ibrahim Bayi, for clocking the age of 60 years.
JBN’s Managing Director, Engr. Wolfgang Goetsch, who recalled Bayi’s contributions to the growth of the construction giant, said that he had worked in every section of the company’s operations.
Goetsch said that Bayi has garnered worthy and helpful experience to the benefit of the company which he now serves as Executive Director for Administration.
He spoke at Bayi’s 60th birthday celebration which was organised by the company’s management at its corporate head office in Abuja.
Bayi, who is a Fellow and the Deputy Chairman of the College of Fellows of the Nigerian Institute of Building and certified member of the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON), said that there is no room for lazy employees in the firm.
In his response to the MD’s remarks, Alhaji Bayi, eulogised Goetsch for his technical and administrative qualities and other colleagues whose work and sense of comradeship made his work and rise to his present position of high responsibilities possible.
Bayi said that it was with a deep sense of honour that he was privileged to address the distinguished gathering at his 60th birthday party, adding that he was proud to belong to the successful Julius Berger work family.
He said that over the years of working together for the advancement of Julius Berger, Goetsch and himself had developed a harmonious and trusting relationship beyond the official call of duty.
Goetsch, he said, is a man that has invested so much confidence and trust in him and at a point became one of the great Julius Berger titans who provided him with the ladder to climb to his current position in the company.
Bayi further described Goetsch as a good listener, adding meaningfully that the robust intellectual in Goetsch comes out brilliantly and beautifully when sometimes even against his earlier position, he accepts a reasonably superior argument from a subordinate. B
Bayi said his Julius Berger journey has been a great and interesting odyssey characterised by “grit and grime as well as thrills and frills”. According to him, “I have run the straight lines, the curved turns, the downhill and the uphill flights. But in all, the great news is that it has been a great sojourn; an experiential odyssey of a fulfilling career and true friendships built not only across the Nigerian nation, but indeed across the Atlantic…”
Bayi recalled how he joined the company as a youth corps member after he graduated from Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria in 1983 and was posted to Abuja, the nation’s capital just under construction.
Abuja, he noted, at the time had a total population of less than 2,000 residents and was mainly bush, without hotels or any recreational facilities but loaded with wild animals, bush meat, and plenty of snakes.