Amosun Mourns Passing of First Chartered Accountant, Akintola Williams

Former Governor of Ogun State Senator Ibikunle Amosun, expressed profound sorrow upon hearing of the passing of Pa Akintola Williams, a trailblazer in the field of accountancy and a distinguished figure in Nigeria's history.

 Pa Akintola Williams breathed his last on Monday, September 11, 2023, at the remarkable age of 104.

Amosun in a statement he personally signed said“I commiserate with the Akintola Williams family, particularly the children and all of us in the Accounting profession on this great loss. He was the doyen of the accountancy profession in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa, who recorded many firsts; first Chartered Accountant, a pioneer member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, and its first president.

“He established the first indigenous firm of professional accountants in Nigeria – Akintola Williams & Co, which grew organically and through a merger to become the largest firm of Chartered Accountants in Nigeria. Papa was also a founding member of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

He added “Pa Akintola Williams was a beacon in the Accountancy profession and a true source of inspiration to many, including me. He was a great achiever whose invaluable contributions and commitment to the growth of Accountancy in Nigeria and Africa are epochal and unquantifiable.

“Papa was also known and respected for his passion for Music, Arts, the Environment, and Charitable causes. He was the founder and chairman of the board of Trustees of the Musical Society of Nigeria and a council member of the Nigeria Conservation Foundation.

“The Akintola Williams Arboretum at the Nigerian Conservation Foundation headquarters in Lagos is named in his honour. He was a recipient of the national honour of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) and a Member of the British Empire (MBE).

“Other positions he held include President of the Lagos Metropolitan Club. He also received the Nigeria-Britain Association awards for his contributions to democracy and development in Africa.

“On a more personal note, I recall the invaluable support he gave to our administration between 2011 and 2019 and the good people of Ogun State by attending personally our annual budget presentation at the Ogun State House of Assembly.

“He supported greatly the establishment of the Elderly Home Hostel in Abeokuta. I will miss his fatherly disposition towards me, and his words of advice, and encouragement.

“May the Almighty God grant the doyen of the accounting profession eternal rest, and give his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and the entire Akintola Williams family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”

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