Seest thou a man who is diligent in his work, he shall stand before kings and not stutter.

When a man is steadfast in what he has been called and ordained through providence and destiny to do, then the sky will be his starting point and not even his limit. These ageless and potent words aptly describe the magnificence and essence of this youthful, mercurial and benevolent man of honor, Otunba Yemi Lawal, as he will be audaciously conferred with the prestigious Fellowship status by the Governing Council of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, CITN, next Saturday November 17, 2018 at the Institute’s 2018 Annual Dinner scheduled to hold at the Event Centre Limited (Nana Hall) Plot 1, Block 1 Hakeem Balogun Street, Central Business District, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos. Otunba Yemi, who is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, ICAN, has over 18 years of meritorious commercial banking experience in Audit, Treasury, Branch Management, Regional Management and Corporate banking, majoring in Corporate & Project Finance. Prior to floating Seagle Property Development Company Limited in 2007, he had left the banking industry in 2005 as a Regional Manager to set up Eagleways Investment Group, which is now the umbrella body of all his subsidiary companies. This new addition to his already solid and rich pedigree is an indication that Otunba Yemi Lawal is not one to rest on his oars, even when there are indications that he has broken enough grounds in his many concerns, and the CITN Fellowship is an attestation to his resilience and uncommon approach to issues that have to do with business, commerce and enterprise, and he is still not done still breaking grounds in other spheres aside his knack for philanthropy, community development and rare generosity.

 

Aiteo Group boss, Benedict Peters’ sigh of relief!

Don't cry because it's over, just smile because it happened, and just like happiness is the art of never holding in your mind the memory of any unpleasant thing that has passed, this is exactly what is revolving in the life of Aiteo Group boss, Benedict Peters, as he has recorded successful outcomes in three other cases, including one overturning the forfeiture of his properties. Benedict’s name was specifically directed to be removed on the wanted list of the anti-craft agency by Justice O.A. Musa of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory. The agency had in March 2017 declared Peters wanted on its website. However, in response to a suit, FCT/HC/CV/23/2017, the court reached the incontrovertible conclusion that Peters has never been charged with, nor tried for any criminal offence in any court of law, nor has he ever jumped bail for any offence whatsoever in Nigeria or even abroad, and cannot thus be declared wanted by administrative fiat without any prior order or leave of court. Benedict Peters, for the umpteenth time, has recorded successful outcomes in three other cases, including one overturning the forfeiture of his properties which were wrongfully included in a list of properties belonging allegedly belonging to a former minister forfeited by court orders. Perhaps that is the reason why he has been heaving a deep sigh of relief since the information of his exoneration from such damning allegations hit the public domain, and he has not hidden this new-found relief, which has further emboldened him to go about his businesses more legitimately, diligently and efficiently too, without leaving any iota of cutting corners or employing sharp practices.

 

Father of Insurance, Sunny Odogwu Passes on  

Just like what the nonagenarian Chief Akintola Williams represents in the profession of Accountancy, industry leader and businessman business man, Chief Sunny I. Odogwu, was also the doyen and father of the Insurance profession in Nigeria, which he pioneered as a chartered practitioner in the country over five decades ago. The man unfortunately passed on during the week after a long bout with an undisclosed ailment that was not unconnected with old age. He died in peacefully in his sleep in his 80s. Chief Sunny Odogwu, in his life time, was an epitome of humility, generosity and astuteness in his chosen profession of Insurance which he took to an enviable height and high standards for upcoming practitioners and industry watchers. The Asaba, Delta state-born High Chief was known for his modesty in virtually all the things he did, even though he was stupendously rich and endowed enough to afford all the mega things of this world. The last time he came into public consciousness before his health challenge took its toll on him was when he held a grandiose 51st Wedding Anniversary with his one and only wife, in far away Rome, Italy, where an array of A-list guests from across the globe converged to jubilate and felicitate with him and his wife on that milestone achievement in matrimony. As a philanthropist, Chief S.I. Odogwu’s milk of human kindness knew no bounds and was always willing to help people, even up to the time he gave up the ghost. He will be sorely missed by his family, people, the Delta state government, the Federal government and the Insurance profession particularly. He is survived by a wife, children and grandchildren, amongst whom are soft-spoken big girls Dolores Odogwu and Ngozi Ojora, and his burial will sure be of monumental dimension, because of his vast net worth of contacts, influence and versatility while alive. Since his death, torrents of tributes and commendations have been pouring in from different quarters, especially those who were privileged to drink from his rich fountain of wisdom and generosity, and he was very apolitical in all his dealings, which made him a friend of all without barriers and encumbrances.

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