By Kayode Matthew, News Editor
ELECTED Fourth Governor of Ogun State, Nigeria: On 29 May, 2011, Senator Amosun was sworn-in as the fourth elected Governor of Ogun State, having won the election held in April 2011.
He contested on the platform of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN). This party merged with other parties to form the All Progressives Congress (APC) in February 2013.
He was re-elected for a second term in office on 11 April 2015 and duly sworn- in on 29 May 2015.
Upon assumption of office as Governor of Ogun State, he 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 is 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.
Political Career: SIA, as he is fondly called, stepped into the political space with the singular aim of giving back to humanity what he has been endowed with by God. He was elected into the Senate, the upper chamber of Nigeria’s National Assembly, in April, 2003, representing Ogun Central Senatorial District. 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
Amosun lived up to his status as a distinguished senator by amplifying the voice of the masses. 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.
Professional Career: Senator Amosun, a chartered accountant, 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 (ICAN) and the Institute of Taxation (FITN).
His Philosophy: A social welfarist, he believes that the rich are obligated to cater for the poor and underprivileged in the society. His government policy thrust is anchored on a strong partnership between public and private sectors. While the government has the responsibility to provide the enabling environment, to achieve sustainable economic growth and social development, the private sector must play the pivotal role.
Senator Amosun’s work rate and capability for critical thinking remain his core leadership attributes, in addition to commitment to transparency and accountability. He approaches every responsibility and task with an infectious passion, commitment and perseverance. A hands-on leader who leads by example, he has the knack to identify, assemble, and nurture talents to create motivated teams with capacity to deliver optimal outcomes.
Philanthropy: SIA believes that the provision of amenities and social development cannot be left to government alone. He therefore 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) on Thursday, 7 July 2005. He has awarded scholarships to over 1,000 students of Ogun State origin, in various institutions of higher learning.
A consumate philanthropist, Senator Amosun’s generosity and quest to uplift others transcends 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.
Laurels and Awards: 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
Personal Data: Born in Abeokuta on Saturday, 25 January, 1958, he attended the following institutions of learning:-
African Church Primary School, Abeokuta (1965 – 1970)
African Church Grammar School, Abeokuta (1971 – 1977)
Ogun State Polytechnic (now Moshood Abiola Polytechnic), Abeokuta (H.N.D, 1979 – 1983)
University of Westminster, London (M.A. in International Finance, 2000)
Senator Amosun is married to Mrs. Olufunso Amosun and the blissful union has produced five lovely children.