Ondo NBA Honours late Gov. Akeredolu As Aiyedatiwa, Adeboro Adamson SAN, Others Bag Excellent Leadership Awards

By Our Correspondent, 6th March, 2024

The Ondo State chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) on Wednesday, 6th March, 2024 awarded late Governor Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN a post humous outstanding leadership award at a grand public lecture in his honour.

Speaking on the essence of the program, NBA state chairman, Olabanjo Aiyenakin Esq said late Governor Akeredolu was particularly chosen because of his sterling leadership stressing that it was unfortunate that the award is coming at a time he was already dead.

Describing late Arakunrin as a quintessential and phenomenal leader who is worth celebrating, Barr. Aiyenakin said the bane of Nigeria’s development is poor leadership and governance and that the theme of the program: “Transformational Leadership and Governance in Nigeria”, was carefully picked to address the issue.

While noting that all awardees were carefully selected for their excellent leadership, he charged other professional bodies to also take the leader stressing that a mutlisectoral approach to the problem will birth the desired change.

In his address, the Governor of Ondo State, Hon. Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa ably represented by D’Govenor, Dr. Olayide Adelami, mni, thanked NBA for honouring the late Governor affirming that he indeed left an indelible mark on the sands of time.

Dr. Adelami who said it is on record that late Gov. Akeredolu won the admiration of all the people because of his boldness in fighting insecurity further noted that the theme of the lecture is very apt.

Speaking shortly after receiving the award on behalf of the late Governor Akeredolu, Hon Justice Alero thanked NBA for the honour just as she restated that Aketi as he is fondly called had intended to retire to bar before his unfortunate death.

Earlier in his lecture, former Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi spoke extensively on transformational leadership describing it as one that inspires change, challenges existing law, ignites passion towards achieving shared goals for a community.

“Our own dear Arakunrin just like our sage Chief Awolowo was a transformational leader with high moral values. He left behind a legacy of dedication and good governace. He worked tirelessly to birth change”, he added.

He also used the opportunity to identify transparency and participation as key principles of good governance.

The event also featured a panel discussion by Hon. Eni Akinsola and Hon Rotimi Olorunfemi on the theme of the program.

Two of the awardees who spoke with newsmen shortly after receiving their awards thanked NBA for the honour.

Dr. Funmilola Williams-Daudu while particularly dedicating the award to all men most especially husband’s who are not intimidated by their wife’s success, appreciated her husband for being a pillar of encouragement and support for her.

Also responding to the gesture, Adeboro Lateef Adamson, SAN applauded the state chapter of NBA for the honour just as he restated the importance transformational leadership noting that it is the key to Nigeria’s development.

Other awardees are the event include Dr. Kayode Ajulo, SAN, Sen. Niyi Adegbonmire, SAN, Akogun Adetunji Adeleye, among others.

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