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MAN, Ambode, LCCI, others mourn Kuforiji-Olubi

By Babajide Komolafe

Lagos—Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN and the Lagos State Chambers of Commerce and Industries, LCCI, yesterday, mourned former Minister of Commerce and Industry, Dr. Bola Kuforiji-Olubi.

Olubi, who was former chairman, United Bank for Africa, UBA Plc, and  first female president, Chartered Institute of Accountant (ICAN) passed away on Saturday, two months after  her 80th birthday.

Nigeria lost a woman of substance — Ambode

Governor Ambode in his  condolence message yesterday  expressed sadness over the death of the corporate amazon

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, Ambode described Kuforiji-Olubi as a distinguished businesswoman, banker, economist and accountant, who cut her teeth in the corporate world.

“On behalf of my family and the people of Lagos state, I want to express our heartfelt condolence to the family of Dr. Olubi, on this great and irreparable loss.

“I had always admired her demeanor. She was a woman of substance and quiet nobility. We will sorely miss her”, he said.

She was a great technocrat MAN

In his reaction, President, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN, Frank Jacobs, expressed shock at the news of  Kuforiji-Olubi’s demise. He said: “Kurforiji Olubi was a great technocrat. It is a great loss. May God give the family fortitude to bear the loss.”

LCCI eulogies her impacts on corporate world

Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, LCCI, equally  expressed shock at her death. Retrospecting into her life and time,  Muda Yusuff, Director General, LCCI, said: Kuforiji Olubi was one of the few women that made impact on the  corporate world. A onetime President of ICAN, she really played a leading role in her much younger days even at a time when women were not so prominent in corporate world. She was on the board of many corporate organisations.

…Kalu too

Businessman and former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Kalu, has also expressed sadness over the demise of late Kuforiji-Olubi, noting that the late accountant created a niche for herself in the private and public spheres of life.

According to the former governor, Kuforiji-Olubi served the country diligently and selflessly in different capacities.

In a statement signed by his Special Adviser, Kunle Oyewumi, Kalu said: “I received with pain the news of the passing of Otunba Kuforiji-Olubi. She was an extraordinary person who built true friendships and relationships across the country

Dr. Olubi was born September 28, 1936. The former ICAN president graduated from the University of London in 1963. She was appointed the first female chairman of the United Bank for Africa, UBA in 1984.


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