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Pastor Gboyega Akerele Bags APBN Award

By Victoria Oyedele: 20th August, 2021

In recognition of his selfless service to the Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria (APBN) while serving as the state chairman decade ago, Esv Pastor Gboyega Akerele was presented with award at the 4th Annual Lecture and Investiture of Engr Michael Adebusuyi Olorunfemi as the fifth chairman of the association.

Esv Pastor Gboyega Akerele is the past State Chairman of Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria (APBN) and Board Member, Estate Surveyors and Valuers Registration Board of Nigeria.

Engr. Adebusuyi on Thursday August 19th, 2021 officially took the oath of office as the new State Chairman of Ondo State chapter, Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria ( APBN) during the 4th Annual, Lecture and Investiture ceremony held in Akure, the Ondo State chapter.

At the elaborate ceremony witnessed by chairmen of different professional bodies, top government functionaries among others, Engr. Olorunfemi assured members that his administration will embark on regular consultation with the leadership of APBN.

In his acceptance speech shortly after his inauguration, Engr. Olorunfemi said his team will go on extensive membership drive, reconcile aggrieved member bodies and engage the media for effectiveness among others towards achieving the goals of the association.

In his remarks, the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu assured the people that his administration is committed to ensuring safety of lives of properties in the state as it has been at the forefront fighting to win the war of insecurity in the southwest.

Arakunrin Akeredolu who was ably represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Princess Oladunni Odu charged the people to be security conscious and to report strange movement in their communities to appropriate authorities.

In his lecture titled “Insecurity in Nigeria: Implications for Professional Practice”, Dr Adedayo Afe said security is critical to the actualization of the aspirations of man, thus the need to address rising security challenges experienced across the country.

Dr. Afe while tracing security trends since 1999, said it was high time Nigeria has a security template that will guarantee safety of lives of the people.

Speaking with the PATH, Pastor Akerele commended the new leadership of the association for counting him worthy for the prestigious award, noting that, it will serve as motivating factor for him to give his best in any position he might find himself in the future.

” For a professional body I have served decade ago to consider me for this award, it definitely means a lot to me. Within my capability, I was able to contribute my quota to the development of the professional bodies in Ondo State”.

Pastor Akerele commended the past leaders of APBN, saying there was a tremendous improvement since he left office as State Chairman.

He charged the newly inaugurated executive to live above board and work as a team, adding that, they can’t afford to fail the people who elected them into office.

Chatting with PATH, the State President of National Council for Women Societies (NCWS), Pastor (Mrs) Jumoke Aborode said the award given to Pastor Akerele was well deserving go by his contributions not only to APBN alone but to the society at large.

” We cannot underestimate his vital roles in NCWS; Pastor Akerele has always be there for us morally, financially, logically and advise wise; I am hopeful more laurels are still on the way”.

Other awardees were, Mr Olayato Aribo, Mr Tolu Adegbie, Surv Matthew Ibitoye, Dr Samuel Adekola, Chief Ade Adeleye, Surv. Bamikole Ebenezer among others.

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