Asiwaju Basorun Is One Of ‘Most Reputable Figures In Nigeria’
Another honour came the way of the first Secretary to the Lagos State Government and All Progressives Congress (APC) Chieftain in Lagos State, Asiwaju Olorunfunmi Basorun, in February this year as the number one and authoritative news magazine in Nigeria, TELL, picked the old Awoist as one of the magazine’s ‘Nigeria’s Most Reputable Personalities’.
In the foremost magazine’s February 13, 2015 edition, Asiwaju Basorun was the first to be profiled among the first eleven listed.
THE IMPACT Newspaper ,below,reproduced the profiling of the First Secretary to the Lagos State Government, Asiwaju Olorunfunmi Basorun as published in the TELL Magazine.
NIGERIA’S MOST REPUTABLE PERSONALITIES
Building A Reputation On Service And Good Character
Reuben Olorunfunmi Basorun, J.Pil
Spiritual Head, Gospel Church of Cherubim and Seraphim.
Those who will equate success with material wealth will not rank him high among his contemporaries, but those who understand that fame can be found in goodness, humility, service and character have already placed Asiwaju Reuben Olorunfunmi Basorun, Spritual Head, Gospel Church of C & S, Oke-Ayo Igbala Irapada, among men of honour in Nigeria today.
A man of many parts, Olorunfunmi Basorun is a distinguished banker, a resourceful legal practitioner, an exemplary politician, selfless community man, and a clergy man. Born 78 years ago, his gradual ascendancy to national reckoning is a testament to the belief that hard work and integrity can be rewarding if life is lived with purpose. A fellow of the Chattered Institute of Bankers, London, and an associate member of the British Institute of Management, he joined the Central Bank as one of the pioneer staff in 1959 as a clerk. Served at different levels and rose to be a Deputy Director, Domestic Operations before he retired in 1979 to join the political arena.
Appointed as the secretary to the first civilian administration of Lagos State, that is, the Jakande government, he served meritoriously in this capacity for four years after which he was appointed as the Commissioner for Education in October 1983. Patriotic and diligent, he also served as the pioneer chairman, Governing Council, Lagos State University.
Asked why he left the apex bank for the political arena, Basorun replied: “I was in my 20s when I joined the CBN where I spent over 20 years and where integrity and hard work helped me to distinguish myself. Politics came as a result of my involvement in community development while I was a banker. I was discovered by Alhaji Jakande, but before then, I had a relationship with Senator Ayo Fasanmi from whom I learnt about political discipline when he was in charge of Action Group Youth Body. I am privileged to be part of the team that worked together for the actualization of “Jakande administration’s 14 Point Programme.”
In the current political dispensation, he was the pioneer state Chairman of the PDP and a governorship aspirant in 2002. He later joined the Action Congress of Nigeria which has metarmophosed into the APC and is now a member of the Governor’s Advisory Committee in Lagos State.
A member of the Nigerian Bar Association, Basorun Practiced Law at T.O.S. Benson & Co from 1993 to 2000 after which he started his own private practice, Olorunfunmi Basorun & Co in 2001.
Expressing his view on how Nigeria got where it is today, he said: “Before the first coup, there was corruption, but it developed geometreically after the coup, and it has gotten worse over the years. I know that there are still many Nigerians with genuine and patriotic interest to serve the people, these people should be encouraged to join the political train to make governance better. Also, rule of Law should be adhered to so that corruption can be reduced.”
Expectedly, his contributions to the betterment of humanity have earned him several honours. He was Grand Patron of Christian Association of Nigeria, Igbogbo Chapter and he bagged the Ikorodu Oga Merit Award in 2015.
Courtesy: TELL MAGAZINE issue of February 13, 2017.
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