OBJ, S’West Governors congratulate Bimbo Ashiru as he bags CIBN Fellowship award

Uba Group

BANYO TEMITAYO

FORMER President Olusegun Obasanjo has congratulated a former Commissioner of Commerce and Industry in Ogun State, Bimbo Ashiru, on his election as an honorary fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria.

The former President, in a letter dated October 19, 2020, said the richly deserved recognition was a further testimony of what he called Ashiru’s commitment to excellence and uncommon sense of duty.

Ashiru, who is a member of the Board of Directors of Odua Investment Company Limited, was honoured during the 2020 CIBN Fellowship Investiture in Lagos.

Four South-West Governors, including Governors Seyi Makinde of Oyo State; Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State; Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State; and Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, also congratulated Ashiru on what they described as a well deserved honour.

In separate letters, which the Governors personally signed, sighted by The Point, they attributed the latest honour conferred on the ex-banker as an attestation of his record as “a distinguished financial expert.”

“This is even so as it is coming on the heels of your recent appointment into the Board of Oodua Investment Company Limited,” Fayemi said in his letter, dated November 11, 2020.

“It is a recognition of quintessential service rendered both in the public and private sectors, for which we are very proud,” Akeredolu added in his own letter.

While Governor Makinde made reference to Ashiru’s fellowship awards by other professional associations as a pointer to his qualification for the recent award, the Governor of his home state, Abiodun, said, “As the Governor of your home state, I am most proud of this new attainment and confident that you will remain a source of pride, inspiration, and benefit to our state and the nation as a whole.”

Responding, Ashiru told The Point that he was humbled by the words of encouragement from former President Obasanjo whom he described as his father.

He said he was also short of words to describe how honoured he was to receive goodwill messages from the South West Governors on his investiture.