By Eric Elezuo
How does one write the story of a great man who turns whatever he touches to gold. One who achieved greatness through a dint of hard work. Now he is 60 years, savouring the pleasure of focus, determination and commitment. He is the Executive Governor of Ogun State, His Excellency, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.
The man who has come to be regarded as an achiever, was born on January 25, 1958 to a Muslim family, and was elected senator for the Ogun Central district of Ogun State, in April 2003.
Never a man to give up on his dreams, he ran for governor again and won on 2011 after a previous failed attempt in 2007. He ran for office for the 2nd Term under the All Progressives Congress in 2015 and was re-elected and sworn into office May 29, 2015.
He started his early education at African Church Primary school in Abeokuta in 1965 and completed in1970 before proceeding to then African Church Grammar school, Abeokuta (1971 – 1977) for his secondary education.
He then went to Ogun State Polytechnic, graduating with a Higher National Diploma (HND) in 1983. Amosun gained an Associate membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) in 1990. He became a fellow of the Institute in 1996. He also became an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (1998).
Amosun began his career as an audit trainee with Lanre Aremu & Co. (Chartered Accountants) 1984. Later he joined XtraEdge Consulting as a managing consultant. From 1990 he was Principal partner of Ibikunle Amosun & Co. (Chartered Accountants) in Lagos. Amosun went to the University of Westminster in London, United Kingdom, where he acquired a Master of Arts in International Finance in 2000.
A man with a game plan, Amosun upon assumption of office as Governor of Ogun State, outlined the Mission to Rebuild Agenda of his administration which is anchored on a 5 point – Cardinal Programme:
- Affordable and Qualitative Education
- Efficient Health Care Delivery
- Agricultural Production and Industrialization
- Affordable Housing and Urban Renewal
- Rural and Infrastructural Development / Employment Generation
The programme was aimed at the Welfare, Prosperity and Security of the Citizenry and the State. His administration has since recorded significant achievements in various critical sectors such as Free Education, stimulation of the Investment Environment, Agriculture, Women Empowerment, Security, massive Infrastructural Development and Urban Renewal.
A Chartered Accountant, he started his accounting career in 1984 as an Audit Trainee with Messrs J.A.A. Adeniyi & Co. (Chartered Accountants). He later joined Lanre Aremu & Co. (Chartered Accountants), where he rose to become a manager in 1989. He was also with XtraEdge Consulting as a senior consultant. In 1990, through industry and passion for professional excellence, he became an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).
In the same year, he established the highly successful Accounting Firm of Ibikunle Amosun & Co. (Chartered Accountants). In 2003, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA) and the Institute of Taxation (FITN).
Senator Amosun is married to Mrs. Olufunso Amosun and the blissful union has produced five lovely children.
As has been reported, Amosun, stepped into the political space with the singular aim of giving back to humanity what he has been endowed with by God. While in the Senate between 2003 and 2007, he served in the following capacities:
- Chairman, Senate Committee on Commerce
- Member, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs
- Member, Senate Committee on Appropriation
- Member, Senate Committee on Privatization
- Member, Senate Committee on Security and Intelligence
His voice was not muffled while he lasted as a Distinguished Senator. He moved several motions and sponsored many bills on issues that touched on the day-to-day lives of not only members of his immediate constituency, but also Ogun State and the nation in general.
He was particularly instrumental to some of the landmark reforms of the era, especially in telecommunications, customs and excise and other strategic sectors of the Nigerian Economy. Some of these bills include:
- Local Content Solid Minerals Development Bill, 2005
- Fire Service Commission (Establishment) Bill, 2005; and
- Income Tax Relief Bill for Sports Development, 2005.
Being a stern believer in the provision of amenities and social development, he instituted a scholarship scheme in 1986, several years before venturing into politics, which he later institutionalized by setting up the Senator Ibikunle Amosun Scholarship Foundation (SIASF) in July 2005. He has awarded scholarships to over 1,000 students of Ogun State origin, in various institutions of higher learning. A consummate philanthropist, Senator Amosun’s generosity and quest to uplift others transcend the award of scholarships.
He has instituted various other subsisting empowerment initiatives for trade groups, artisans, communities, women and other vulnerable groups in the society. His Alma Maters – African Church Grammar School, Abeokuta and Ogun State Polytechnic (now Moshood Abiola Polytechnic), also in Abeokuta – have benefited from his generous disposition to give back to the society. He built and commissioned the Administrative Block at African Church Grammar School, among other similar gestures.
His leadership qualities and outstanding achievements have earned him recognition nationally and internationally, some of these include:
- Best Security Conscious State Governor in West Africa” by Security Watch Africa. In Accra, Ghana – October 2012
- Investment Development Icon Award for 2013 by African Leadership magazine in New York – September 2013
- Good Governance Award: Governor of the Fastest Growing State Economy by Businessday Newspaper in Lagos – November 2013
- National Honour Award: Commander of the Order of the Niger (C.O.N) by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan – September 2014
Sir, as you hit the diamond age, we at TheBoss Newspapers wish you many more years in prosperous health. Happy Birthday sir!