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Mr. Ben Ifeanyi Akabueze

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Honourable Commissioner

Local Address:  Nigeria
Lagos State Government
Lagos ,

Company Description: "We are developing the water sector and integrating ferries and rail now at different levels of work in progress. But in our Master-plan, they are fully integrated...   more

Employment History

  • Planning Commissioner
    Lagos State Government
  • Lagos State Commissioner
    Economic Planning & Budget
  • Chief Executive Officer
    BIA Consulting Ltd.
  • Executive Director
    NAL Bank Plc
  • Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
    NAL Bank Plc
  • State Commissioner for Economic Planning
    Lagos State
  • Assistant Vice President and Head
    World Corporation Group

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Honorary Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget
    Lagos State Government
  • Honorary Commissioner
    Economic Planning & Budget
  • Fellow
    Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria
  • Member
  • Founder
    BIA Consulting Ltd.
  • Board Member
    NAL Bank Plc


  • St. Joseph's College
  • Advanced Management Programme
    Lagos Business School
163 Total References
Web References
"Social services can't keep up."

..., 26 Feb 2014 [cached]
"Social services can't keep up."

Fashola's planning commissioner Ben Akabueze thinks Lagos could have 35 million people by 2025 on current growth rates.
In 1970, authorities say, there were just 1.4 million Lagosians.

"We can't stop them from coming," Akabueze told Reuters from his office in mainland Lagos's noisy, heaving Ikeja district. "There's been a net positive migration almost on a daily basis."

To try to cope better, the government is rolling out a compulsory residents' registration. "Everybody is welcome," Akabueze says.
Ben Ifeanyi Akabueze, the ..., 13 Jan 2015 [cached]
Ben Ifeanyi Akabueze, the Lagos State Commissioner for Economic Planning & Budget, hosts this summit.
'Your life (Ben) has been a ..., 21 Oct 2014 [cached]
'Your life (Ben) has been a living testimony of God's power and faithfulness' -Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Tongues wagged, emotions rose, ethnic kite flew as Ben Ifeanyi Akabueze was appointed a commissioner in the cabinet of Lagos State in January, 2007 by Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the then Governor of Lagos State. Those who could not fathom why a non indigene of Lagos and a person of Igbo extraction should be appointed a commissioner became more irked by his deployment to the vital Ministry of Economic Planning & Budget.
All these soon fizzled out and gave way to praises and commendations as Ben settled down to work bringing his wizardry in fund management to bear and introducing budgetary and planning reforms that impacted positively on resource management thereby ensuring better service delivery to the people of Lagos State.
The unprecedented growth of the State since 2007 has attracted commendation from home and abroad. That Akabueze is an integral part of the rapid development that Lagos State has witnessed in all sectors such as infrastructure renewal, socio-economic growth and security is to state the obvious.
Infrastructure renewal and development is undoubtedly critical to socio-economic transformation, improved standard of living and service delivery. Ben came to office with a career objective centred on leadership role in financial services institution that is committed to market prominence through superior service delivery and relationship management. This personal commitment fully aligned with the mission of the ministry he superintends, which is to manage resources optimally for socio-economic development of Lagos State to put him in a vantage position to key into the revolution of the government he serves.
Following his appointment, he introduced reforms to the budget preparation and development planning of the State.
Considering that, in the past, there was no plan that is all encompassing and one which could serve as a generic guide to planning in all MDAs, it will not be out of place to commend the ingenuity that Ben Akabueze has brought into the planning of the State's development.
Ben also brought inclusiveness into government business by introducing the budget consultative forum to interface with the public and get their views on what they want at the beginning of the budget preparation cycle. Budget analysis, which is also conducted to shed more light on the budget components (immediately the budget gets the assent of the Governor), complemented with the quarterly budget performance review to intimate the public with the budget performance.
The organisation of the world class Lagos Economic Summit (Ehingbeti) and the diligent execution of the resolutions and recommendations emanating there from, to the benefit of the State, are a direct result of the importance that Ben attaches to consultation and taking informed decisions.
Born in Maiduguri on September 19, 1959, Ben attended St. Joseph's College, Sasse-Buea, Cameroon he finished in 1976 and proceeded to Dennis Memorial Grammar School, Onitsha where he passed his General Certificate of Education Advanced Level in 1976. He got admission to the prestigious University of Lagos in 1979 where he graduated with First Class Honours in Accounting in 1982. An alumni of the Lagos Business School where he studied Advanced Management Programme in July, 1995; he is a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and Institute of Credit Administrators.
Ben, a polished and accomplished financial guru started his working career in 1982 when, as a Youth Corps Member, he worked as Accounting Supervisor at the Nigerian Television Authority in 1982. e joined Pricewater House in 1983 and served as Assistant Auditor till 1985.
The diligent and hard working Akabueze was an acting Chief Executive Officer, Fidelity Union Securities from 1993 to September, 1994. He was Managing Director of NAL Bank Plc, Executive Director, Corporate Banking of Sterling Bank where he retired in 2006 and established BIA Consulting Ltd. (A Business and Financial Services Advisory Firm).
An ordained Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God and a true and God fearing Nigerian, his shrewd management of the resources put in his care put a lie to the belief that it takes indigenes of a State to be honest, steadfast and committed to her growth and development. I therefore seize the opportunity of his 55th birthday to wish our dear, Pastor Ben, long life, good health and many more years in the service of God and humanity. Happy Birthday!
I don't know how I could ..., 2 Aug 2013 [cached]
I don't know how I could set out to deport Anambrarians and look Ben (Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning) in the eye; because that is his State and he is a member of this Government and there are no decisions that we take in private that are not discussed extensively and if there are very sensitive issues there, his advice has been very useful", the Governor said.
According to the Governor, "These issues have been raised in a politically coloured atmosphere and in a way that seeks to incite our Igbo brothers against their host communities in the run up to the Anambra Governorship election". He added, "The impression sought to be created is that Lagos has adopted a discriminatory policy against the Ndigbo generally and against the Anambra people in particular".
He also debunked the suggestion that there were 72 Anambra persons involved in the alleged deportation pointing out that there were only 14 persons who were taken home to Onitsha at their own request after they were rehabilitated at the State's rehabilitation Centre at Majidun.
He declared, "I think that there are facts which have been over-exaggerated and distorted and I want to address those facts.
Also present at the occasion were the Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Mr. Ben Akabueze, National Publicity Secretary of ACN, Alhaji.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (5th R) with the Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Ben Akabueze (4th L behind), Leadership of Aka Ikenga - President-General of the Association, Chief Goddy Nwazurike (3rd R), Chief Ayola Ofodile (L), Mr. Okey Onyemaobi (2nd L), Barrister Oscar Onwudiwe (4th L), Chief Arthur Ngwube (5th L), Mr. Obi Akabueze (2nd L behind), Sir (Chief) Okaro Ifeanyichukwu (R), Mrs. Chinwe Dike (2nd R) and others during a courtesy visit by the leadership of Aka Ikenga and Lagos Ndigbo members of the Action Congress of Nigeria to the Governor at the State House, Ikeja, Lagos
Governor Babatunde Fashola SAN (5th R) with Mr. Ben Akabueze (4th L behind), Chief Goddy Nwazurike (3rd R), Chief Ayola Ofodile (L), Mr. Okey Onyemaobi (2nd L), others.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (M), Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Ben Akabueze (R) and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Social Development, Dr Dolapo Badru (L) during a courtesy visit by the leadership of Aka Ikenga and Lagos Ndigbo members of the Action Congress of Nigeria to the Governor at the State House, Ikeja, Lagos
Governor Babatunde Fashola SAN (M), Mr. Ben Akabueze (R) and Dr Dolapo Badru (L) during a courtesy visit by the leadership of Aka Ikenga and Lagos Ndigbo members of the ACN.
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Pastor Ben Akabueze
A distinguished banker, accountant, economist and administrator, he holds a first class B.Sc degree in Accounting from the University of Lagos and an Advanced Management Programme Certificate from the Lagos Business School. A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA) and a Fellow of the Institute of Credit Administrators (FICA), he had over 23 years experience in Accounting, Consulting and Banking, rising to the position of Managing Director/Chief Executive of NAL Bank Plc (2000-2005), and Executive Director - Sterling Bank Plc from January to August 2006 before going into the public sector. He served as Lagos State Commissioner for Economic Planning & Budget from January 2007 till May 2015, having first been appointed by Governor Tinubu and then re-appointed for two terms now by Governor Fashola. Ben is currently the Chief Executive Officer of BIA Consulting Ltd, a Financial and Strategic Management Consulting firm, with a strong focus on public financial management (PFM).
Ben Akabueze is very passionate about societal transformation and actively participates in programmes designed to bring the desired change in his country. In this respect, he serves on the Boards of the Apostles in the Marketplace, Society for National Transformation, Africa Missions Global, etc. Ben has also served on the Boards of several private sector companies. Additionally, he is the Pastor-in-charge of Lagos Province 39 of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, with headquarters at The King's Court parish in Victoria Island , Lagos whose congregation consists mainly of professionals and business people. Ben is the recipient of several academic, professional and community service awards. He is a member of Metropolitan Club and Ikoyi Club, among others, and loves to play squash and to swim. Ben is married to Ngozi and blessed with children.
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