President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has celebrated the doyen of accounting in Nigeria and Africa, Chief Akintola Williams, on the joyous occasion of his 104th birthday.
Tinubu, in a statement on Thursday by Aguri Ngelale, shared in this special moment with all friends and professional associates of the elder statesman, whose vision and resilience have altered the history of Nigeria for the better by establishing the first indigenous accounting firm in Africa, Akintola Williams & Co., in 1952, which has extended services to many countries.
The President affirms the historical role of Oloye Williams in
establishing several private and public institutions in the country, such as the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAN), as well as his contributions to democracy and good governance.
The President notes that Oloye Williams began his impactful journey early on as a founding member of Egbé Ọmọ Odùduwà, along with the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo and others. Egbé Ọmọ Odùduwà was at the forefront of the struggle for Nigeria’s Independence, which eventually transited into one of the first political parties, the Action Group.
As the chartered accountant turns 104, President Tinubu believes his presence and wisdom will continue to inspire the younger generation toward imbibing the timeless values of integrity, hard work, and long-term vision, especially concerning national development.
The President prays for the continued excellent health of Oloye Williams and his beloved family.