By Simon Sunday, PhD.
My biggest attraction in Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s cabinet is a young man in his early thirties, Olowo Rabiu Onaolapo.
At his age, Rabiu has headed the audit and compliance department of the multinational giant, GlaxoSmithKline in Nigeria & West Africa, for some time and currently serves as Chief Audit Executive at FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nig PLC, Ogba Ikeja., Nigeria’s number one milk manufacturer. He is one of the earliest professionals in Nigeria to qualify as a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) with the US-based Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
He is a regular speaker at the yearly conference of the association in the USA, and just this month, he spoke at the annual conference alongside a top official of the American FBI and other global finance experts. He is an Associate of the global management accounting giant, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK. He also holds the Chartered Global Management Accountant certificate (CGMA), a qualification of the American Institute of Certified professional accountants. In addition to his tight schedule at FrieslandCampina-WAMCO Nigeria Plc, he has been all over Nigeria and Ghana training professionals in the finance sector.
With Rabiu’s hectic schedule, I believe he was head-hunted for the cabinet list and I must give kudos to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his advisers for this deft calculation. Ordinarily, politicians run away from thorough-bred professionals like Rabiu who only leverage on their professional competence, community based leadership and inspiration to the young population. They prefer political errand men. For me, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has cast an initial master stroke. I believe he is set for an exciting voyage in the next four years, if all things remain equal.