President Muhammadu Buhari, Yakubu Gowon; Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode; and his Ogun State counterpart, Ibikunle Amosun, have led other eminent Nigerians in celebrating an icon.
They came together to celebrate the doyen of the accounting profession in Nigeria, Chief Akintola Williams, who clocked 99 on Thursday.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, the President said he joined the Governor of Ogun State, Chief Ibikunle Amosun, family and friends, professional colleagues, mentees, and other well-wishers as they celebrated Chief William Akintola “the man who taught Nigerians how to seek and achieve transparency and accountability.”
The President said he believed that Williams’ pioneering efforts in his chosen field and continued show of interest had transformed the profession into noble heights.
He praised the host for not limiting his God-given intelligence and brilliance to his profession as he also got himself deeply involved in the promotion of arts and culture, preservation of the environment and development of good governance for which he had been honoured in different countries and climes.
The statement said, “President Buhari enjoins other professionals to emulate the dedication, steadfastness, industry, commitment and untiring sense of responsibility that Chief Akintola has continued to exhibit for many decades in order to take their professions to higher realms.
“The President Buhari prays that God Almighty will grant the revered gentleman grace to continue to serve as a source of inspiration to younger ones who look up to him as a role model.”
Governor Ambode, while speaking to reporters at the special birthday reception held in honour of Williams at his Lagos residence, described Williams as an elder statesman who deserved to be celebrated for his contribution to the growth and development of the country.
He said Williams, being a true Nigerian, had worked assiduously to lift up the country.
According to him, for somebody who has actually contributed to the development of Nigeria and is still alive at 99, Williams is worth celebrating.
He said, “Apart from the fact that Chief Akintola Williams is the Doyen of the Accountancy profession, we see him as a founding father of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. He is also the founding father of the Musical Society of Nigeria. So, he has too many parts and this is one Nigerian that we are proud of and we are willing to celebrate him every day.
“I commend him for his role in the development of Lagos; we will always continue to celebrate true Nigerians like him. That I am here today is more or less to say a big thank you to him for lifting up Lagos, for lifting up Nigeria and we also wish him well on behalf of all Lagosians.”
Williams, in response, appreciated all those who found time to be with him on his special day and wished them long life as well.
Credit: Punch Newspapers
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