Hon. Abiola Hakeem Bakare-Onimokan has become a phenomenon in the political scene of Ado-Odo/Ota Federal Constituency in Ogun State.
The astute businessman, whose entrance into politics was seen as a sign of good things to come to the highly industrialised area, is a darling of top politicians in the area, who believe he has all it takes to put the area in the front burner.
The aspiration of Bakare-Onimokan, for the Federal House of Representatives seat in Ado-Odo/Ota area of Ogun State, under the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 general elections is regarded by many residents of the area as that of a man ready to serve with all his heart.
Bakare-Onimokan has a pedigree that has endeared him into the hearts of the residents of the area, who said he possesses the requisite qualities to attract development into Ado-Odo/Ota Federal Constituency, when he gets into the green chamber.
He is said to be strong-minded, very enlightened, full of energy, very respectful and he is loved by the youth and women.
One of the reasons many are rooting for Bakare-Onimokan is that he is the youngest of all the aspirants for the office in the area, and this will give a boost to the “Not Too Young To Run” Law.
Moreso, there have been calls from many quarters that young people with experience and capacity should be given opportunity this time, as they are known to possess the ability to come up with ideas that will move the country forward at this material time.
Abiola Hakeem Bakare is from the Onimokan family of Ado-Odo area of Ado-Odo/Ota LGA of Ogun State.
He is the Chief Executive Officer/Director of Monarchs Consulting Limited, a growing Nigerian company with interests in Financial and Human Resource advisory, Real Estate and Agriculture.
He is a successful Finance, Commercial and Strategy professional with extensive experiences.
Most recently, he was the Chief Finance Officer/Financial Controller for Fugro entities in Nigeria.
Fugro is a Dutch multinational public company headquartered in the Netherlands.
The company is listed on NYSE, Euronext Amsterdam, and is included in the AMX index.
He also acted as the Acting Country Manager for this organisation in Nigeria. Prior to joining Fugro, Mr. Abiola Bakare was the Finance Business Partner for West Africa (covering most Africa countries Nigeria, Ghana, Gabon, Congo, Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea) at Swire Oilfields Services, now Swire Energy Services, another multinational oil and gas service company headquartered in Aberdeen Scotland and presence all across globe.
He supported all Swire Oilfield’s markets across the West Africa region especially in commercial planning and investments/market entry evaluations.
He has extensive experience in Oil and Gas financial controlling, strategy formulation and execution across the West Africa region.
He is a professionally qualified Accountant with experiences in commercial and financial management. Abiola Bakare is rated very high in senior management team, leadership, and resources management and excellent in driving business transformation and turnaround strategies.
As a long-time senior management team member, Abiola has extensive knowledge of building, developing and growing businesses, managing risks and formulating growth and visionary strategies across board.
He is a great thinker, innovator and go-getter shaping the way businesses are managed financially and commercially. Possessing excellent communication skills and able to establish sustainable and profitable relationships with stakeholders across the spectrum.
Abiola is a second class upper graduate of the Lagos State University (LASU).
He had both Diploma and BSc in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management. He finished at top-2 from his department.
He is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Association of Chartered Certified Accounts (ACCA-UK) with Advance Diploma in Management Accounting from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA-UK), and also a member of the Chartered institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN).
He also worked with Shell in Nigeria, spent four years across different Finance roles – Business Process Specialist, Payable Accountant, Finance Business Analyst, Tax Management and Account Receivables.
He exited the company with lots of accolades from the senior management team.
Abiola is currently finishing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University and a Masters of Development Finance at the University of Lagos, Akoka.
At the Lagos State University, he was elected as General Secretary for his departmental association at one time and later contested for the association’s presidency. Earlier in his career, for many years, he prepared hundreds of ICAN students and helped them to achieve their dreams of becoming Chartered Accountants.
His areas of focus are – Strategy Formulation and Execution, Budgeting and Budget Controlling, Tax and Risks Management, Development Finance, People Management, Investment and Debt Management, Revenue and Expenditure Management, Financial Reporting and Governance Compliance and Public Policy.
Away from professional life, he is a fun-loving guy – you can find him playing with his beautiful family, discussing public governance and leadership or brainstorming ideas with his business associates.
A resident of the area, who gave her name as Bolanle Ajisebutu said “Bakare-Onimokan is the best man for the job. We believe in him and there is no doubt that Ado-Odo/Ota will wear a new look if he is allowed to move into the green chamber in 2023.”