SAN FRANCISCO, April 29, (THEWILL) – Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has showered encomium on the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode for his programmes and policies at improving the lives of the people of the State.
Speaking at the 2017 Annual Dinner and Awards of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) in Lagos, Obasanjo said he had taken notice of the developmental strides of Ambode saying that are geared towards making life more comfortable for the people.
“I can see the little things you are doing here and there to make life worth living for the people of Lagos. Keep it up,” Obasanjo said to the Governor.
Ambode, who received an award from the Institute, described the award as a crowning moment for his career, adding that reaching the pinnacle of his career 30 years after becoming a chartered accountant as he took time to recall his early days and his quest to become an Accountant.
“If there is any award that has meaning to me, today’s award is a crowning moment for me, my story and my career,” he said.
“When I was about 12 years old, I had an encounter with one of my Dad’s friends who was an Accountant. He asked me what I wanted to become. I told him I wanted to be an Accountant and he said ‘You? You can’t be an Accountant.’
“That night, as I went to bed, I told myself that I will be the best of all Accountants. I determined to work hard to achieve this. At the age of 21, I graduated with a B.sc in Accounting from UNILAG.
“Exactly, 30 years ago, at the age of 24, I became a Chartered Accountant and completed my Masters Programme in Accounting. I have practiced Accounting as a Chartered Accountant for 30 years. 30 years after my qualification, this great Institute has recognised me with the highest merit award, the highest achievement of my career.
“I want to use this platform to encourage others to be resilient. Never give up on your ambition. Stay on your conviction. You will never go wrong. We can all learn from the motto of the Institute – Accuracy and Integrity.”
Source: The Will