…As eminent Nigerians honour Otiti
By Charles Kumolu & Prince Okafor
lagos—MINISTER of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu has called on Nigerians to imbibe the habit of recognising those who distinguished themselves in their chosen careers to encourage the spirit of hard work and excellence.
The minister frowned at the culture of celebrating those who did little or nothing to promote humanity at the expense of those who contributed to societal growth.
Shittu, spoke yesterday in Lagos at the inauguration of Alhaji Amusa Oladimeji Gbadamosi Otiti Foundation , AMGOF, and book presentation titled: Beyond the Banking Hall, written by Patricia Otuedon-Arawore in honour of Alhaji Amusa Otiti.
According to Shittu: ‘’People easily forget those, whose nobility is not about money and people who have done well in their chosen careers. Those, who have been relevant among us should be appreciated. It is my prayer that the lessons in this book will resonate.
If we study his life, it is enough to learn sufficient lessons in fortitude, in trust in mighty Allah, in discipline and also in scholarship. If we appreciate the crucial importance of banking and financial services, we will continue to relish the consideration of Baba. We must also appreciate them for their humanism.
“I am proud to say that Baba has written numerous enlightening books essentially banking and financial services. I know that, virtually everybody who has become an icon in banking over the last 30 years must have benefitted in one way or the other from the books Baba has written on various sectors of the banking and financial services.
I know Baba. Though the generational gap is there, but I have known him since 1980 when I was a member of the Oyo State House of Assembly. The point of attraction was the fact that in Yoruba land, there were not too many educated Muslims.”
Also speaking, the book reviewer, Mr. Bayo Adenubi, said: “A quick read of the book shows that more will be learned about the life of our great banking guru. It took the author 10 years to do this. Its lucid prose will not let you put it down.
I recommend it for technocrats, students, scholars and everyone, who wants to learn about greatness. The book includes how he was able to keep friends for more than 70 years. It took the author 10 years after the idea was first mooted at Baba’s 80th birthday for Baba to finally give a nod to the work. The pictures in the book cover the various aspects of Baba’s eventful life.’’
Those at the event include President and Chairman of Council, Chartered Institute of Banking, CIBN, Prof Segun Ajibola; Otunba Subomi Balogun; Chief Akintola Williams, Chief Wale Babalakin, represented by Mr. Tola Osubi; former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Alhaja Sinatu Ojikutu; Alhaji Amusa Otiti, Patricia Otuedon-Arawore; and Alhaji Kola Karim, among others.