'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.