Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has felicitated with foremost accountant and elder statesman, Chief Akintola Williams, who turned a centenarian on August 9.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifejika, the Governor noted Chief William’s outstanding contributions to the growth and vibrancy of accountancy in Nigeria and Africa.
He acknowledged the pioneering role of the doyen of the Accounting profession and Africa’s first Chartered Accountant and extolled the centenarian for the honour and pride he brought to Nigeria and the African continent.
The Governor commended Akintola Williams for blazing the trail in establishing legacy institutions that had continued to play significant roles in the nation’s economy.
Okowa placed on record the untiring efforts of the centenarian as one of the first professionals in Africa, which distinguished him as a thoroughbred administrator and consummate entrepreneur.
He said William’s contributions as founding member and first President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and how he championed the establishment of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) in 1960 were commendable and worthy of emulation.
The Delta Governor pointed out that Nigerians were indeed proud of William’s great accomplishments, adding that he would remain an institution and a model as he had remained a respectable voice in bridge-building across the country.
Okowa rejoiced with the legendary leader and elder statesman, a man of utmost integrity and outstanding professionalism, and thanked God for blessing him with the strength and wisdom to live a fulfilled life of service and accomplishments
He prayed God to continue to protect the centenarian and grant him good health to render more services to mankind.