His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, FCA, has expressed sadness over the demise of Bode Agusto, a foremost Accountant per excellence. In a press statement issued and personally signed by him, he said, he is “deeply saddened by the sudden event” and that Bode Agusto, was an outstanding accountant, banker, mentor, and a true icon of Lagos State. He said, his legacy as an eminent citizen of Lagos State and a distinguished Nigerian who was unrepentantly committed to Nigeria’s economic development will forever be etched in the annals of history.
Ambode further described Bode Agusto as not only a financial maestro but also a dedicated public servant, who contributed significantly to the development of Lagos State and Nigeria. Throwing more light, he said, his contributions to the fields of accounting, finance and economics were quite remarkable and played a pivotal role in shaping the nation’s economic policies. The former governor said his track record in the private sector and public service earned him the national award of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR).
Hear him: “As Lagos State Governor in January 2017, I’d determined that Lagos State had reached a point where we needed to bring independent perspectives from the private sector to work with the government to jointly plan the future economy of Lagos State and re-engineer the business environment for global competitiveness and enhanced opportunities for our people. I consequently set up the Lagos State Economic Advisory Committee, a 12-member private sector-dominated advisory body that comprised some of the best brains in our country and, in determining the chairmanship of the strategic committee, I turned to no other person than the late Bode Agusto and he graciously accepted unconditionally”
Ambode disclosed that the Committee served out their assignment meritoriously without demanding financial compensation for themselves, something, he described as very patriotic and selfless.
Ambode further added that, by his demise, Lagos State and Nigeria may have lost a true luminary and trailblazer. “As we mourn his exit, I extend my deepest condolences to the Governor of Lagos State, his family, loved ones, professional colleagues, and the entire people of Lagos State. Let us honor his memory by continuing his legacy of service, dedication, and excellence”, he declared.
He pointed out that Mr. Agusto has played his part in nation building and will forever live in our hearts stressing that his memory will continue to inspire us to work collectively for the advancement of the nation.