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How Access Bank Boss, Herbert Wigwe Invested Heavily On Polo

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Herbert Wigwe is no pushover when it comes to financing, economics and banking-related issues. In fact, if he speaks on policymaking, finance, risk management and economics with his repertoire of knowledge backed by years of quality experience, he is qualified to be referred to as an institution. He does not need to prove to naysayers right or wrong, his intimidating records are there to speak volumes of his pedigree and achievements laced with the astronomic rise of Access bank to one of Nigeria’s financial powerhouse.

 After taking over from his closest ally and business partner, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Access Bank in 2014, many doubted his competence to succeed. Wigwe, armed with self-belief, doggedness, sincerity of purpose, resourcefulness and brilliancy, remodelled the fortune of the Access bank by repositioning it with the acquisition of now-defunct Diamond bank which is regarded as one of the biggest takeovers in the Nigerian banking industry in recent times with numerous branches littered across the country, boasting of branches in Cameroon, Zambia, Kenya and South Africa.

The Accounting graduate from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, loves to work hard and play hard. He has played a more active part in the promotion of the Polo game in Nigeria. Last month, Wigwe played a pivotal role at the official opening of the Lagos Polo Club in Ikoyi Lagos as one of the financiers. He also spoke on the need to take the game to another level which is another way to attract sports tourism and polo tournaments in Nigeria.

 

Last weekend on the 16th of July, He alongside Access bank powered and hosted the 2022 UNICEF Charity Shield Polo Tournament at the Guards Polo Club, Windsor Great Park London. The Access Bank Polo Team won the tournament in a very relaxing ambience where those invited had the very best of music, sports and food to eat. It was also an avenue for dignitaries to reconnect with old friends. Those spotted were; Eva and Ali Egwaikhide, Hajia Bola Shagaya, Reni Folawiyo, Tunde Folawiyo, Kola Karim, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Emir of Zazau Ahmed Nuhu Bamali, Tola Adegbite, Emeka and Chizoba Wigwe, Abdul Imoyo, Gbenga Oyebode, Aigboje Aig-Imoukheude, Titi Ogufere, Chioma Ude, Dan Akpowa, Fati Abacha, Ozzy Mbonu, Nevo Atori, Adamu Attah, Ebele Akwiwu, Rabiu Hassan, Mustapha Sheriff, Alex Okosi, Shola Coker, Dr. Ajoritsedere Awosika, Pastor Tobi Adegboyega, Maureen Okogwu, Yetunde Allen, Kemi Elegbede, Osayi Alile, Olisa Metuh, Patricia Ojora, Jamie Simmonds, Senator Daisy Danjuma, Kashim Bukar, Sunmbo Olatunji and a host of others.

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TANKER ACCIDENT : LASTMA RESCUE ANOTHER 4 ACCIDENT VICTIMS INSIDE TRICYCLES AT IKOTUN, LAGOS

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…Tricycle driver with one passenger died instantly.

Operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) today rescued another 4 fatal accident victims inside mini commercial buses (tricycles) around Ikotun area of Lagos.

The accident which occurred around 12:30 pm today involved a fully loaded container truck (JJJ 125) and 4 mini commercial buses (tricycles) with registration nos (LSD 83 QM), (AKD 690 QK) & (AKL 87 QF)

The driver of one of the mini commercial bus (tricycle) with one passenger died instantly.

Those four (4) rescued accident victims by Lastma personnel were 2 pregnant women and 2 children.

Lastma personnel immediately handed over those rescued victims to Police men from Ikotun Police Station who took them to General Hospital for treatment.

 

A preliminary investigation revealed that the fully loaded container truck (JJJ 125) had a brake failure and crushed 3 tricycles by a valley around synagogue when going towards Ikotun.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) immediately moved the tanker with those crushed tricycles to Ikotun Police Station

Other emergency responders including the Nigerian Police men from Ikotun Police Station were at the scene of the accident.

The General Manager of LASTMA Mr Bolaji Oreagba however warned tanker owners and drivers to always ensure that their trucks are properly checked and in good conditions before embarking on any journey.

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LIRS Boss, Ayodele Subair, Bags Vanguard’s Public Sector Icon Award

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Mr Ayodele Subair, Executive Chairman, Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) has been conferred with the 2022 Public Sector Icon of the year at the 11th edition of the Vanguard Personality of the Year Award held at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos on Friday, January 27, 2023.

The glamorous ceremony chaired by Mrs Ajoritsedere Awosika, Chairman of Access Bank, is an annual event where eminent personalities who have distinguished themselves in professional excellence and service to humanity in the private and public sectors are honoured.

According to the organizer of the event, Vanguard Newspaper Limited, the LIRS boss, Subair, was conferred with the special award in recognition of his magic wand in the Lagos state tax revolution during the last seven years of being in office.

L-R: Mrs Enonuya Angela- Assistant Director, Personal Income Tax, LIRS, Ms Coker Folashade- Director, Informal Sector and Special Duties, LIRS, Ayodele Subair, Executive Chairman, Lagos State Internal Revenue Service, LIRS and Mrs Bolaji Akintola, Director, Tax Audit, LIRS during the 11th edition of the Vanguard Personality of the Year Award held over the weekend at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Receiving the award, alongside some of the LIRS directors, Subair expressed gratitude to the Vanguard Newspapers’ management for finding him worthy to be selected for the honour.

“I must thank the chairman and management of Vanguard Newspapers. They’ve been there as the vanguard leading the way in developments and new ideas for many years. To be on top is not very easy. They are one of the best newspaper organisations in Nigeria. I say kudos to them.”

Speaking further, Subair noted; “I feel very proud about our achievements at LIRS. It’s not just about me. It is about LIRS, the management, the directors, and staff, including most importantly, His Excellency, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his immense support and encouragement. Also, the Lagos State House of Assembly, the Judiciary and all stakeholders that have contributed to our success.”

Commenting on the impact of the award, the LIRS chairman said it had thrown the agency up for more good work.

He said the agency is happy to be contributing to the development of Lagos State and humanity. According to him, “Without mobilization of funds, there can’t be any meaningful development.”

Born on May 21, 1960, Subair holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the Metropolitan University of Manchester, United Kingdom. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Lagos. A fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, ICAN, member of both the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, CITN, and the Business Recovery and Insolvency Practitioners Association of Nigeria, BRIPAN.

Prior to his appointment in 2016, the internally generated revenue, IGR, by the LIRS, hovered around N240 billion, but with his astute knowledge and experience in accounting and taxation, Subair has increased revenue generation to N427 billion, nearly doubling the initial revenue at the start of his tenure.

Subair has introduced various innovative measures to shove up the tax revolution in Lagos State, which included the introduction of e-Tax, which has resulted in a faster turn-around time for tax processes, improved transparency, and increased taxpayer self-service.

At the prestigious Award night, aside from the LIRS boss, other eminent Nigerians were conferred with different categories of awards, including the President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, who won the Personality of the Year Award.

Governors Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom, Babagana Zulum of Borno, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, AbdulRahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara and Seyi Makinde of Oyo emerged as Vanguard Newspaper 2022 governors of the year. Also honoured were, Chairman of NDLEA, General Buba Mara (rtd), Founder/CEO Techno Oil, Nkechi Obi, Ray Ekpu and Mohammed Bello Koko, CEO, Nigerian Port Authority among others.

Earlier, speaking at the award ceremony, General Manager/Ediro-in-Chief of Vanguard Newspaper, Mr Gbenga Adefaye, said that for a decade, Vanguard Newspaper has continued to recognize Nigeria’s most distinguished individuals for excellence, national pride and service to humanity.

L-R: Mrs Enonuya Angela- Assistant Director, Personal Income Tax, LIRS, Asiwaju Solomon Kayode Onafowokan, former President Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Chairman, Coleman Wire and Cables presenting the 2022 Public Sector Icon of the Year Award to Ayodele Subair, (middle) Executive Chairman, Lagos State Internal Revenue Service, LIRS, Ms Coker Folashade- Director, Informal Sector and Special Duties, LIRS and Mrs Bolaji Akintola, Director, Tax Audit, LIRS during the 11th edition of the Vanguard Personality of the Year Award held over the weekend at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos


Adefaye noted that these individuals in business, politics and other facets of human endeavours have not only achieved great success but have been responsible corporate citizens, impacting society and the environment. “They have been innovative and forward thinking and have taken bold steps to shape the future of their industries and served with integrity and dedication to improve the nation “There are numerous ways to make a positive influence, whether by volunteering our time, closing market gaps, spearheading innovation, being a model citizen or simply lending a helping hand to people in need’’ he said.

Hosted by actress and television presenter, Zainab Balogun and her male colleague, Deyemi Okanlawon, the ceremony had in attendance society’s Crème de la crème including captains of industry, members of the diplomatic corps, businessmen, and women businesswomen, media personalities as well as members of the culture and creative industry.

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LIRS Boss, Ayodele Subair, Bags Vanguard’s Public Sector Icon Award 2022

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Mr Ayodele Subair, Executive Chairman, Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) has been conferred with the 2022 Public Sector Icon of the year at the 11th edition of the Vanguard Personality of the Year Award held at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos on Friday, January 27, 2023.

The glamorous ceremony chaired by Mrs Ajoritsedere Awosika, Chairman of Access Bank, is an annual event where eminent personalities who have distinguished themselves in professional excellence and service to humanity in the private and public sectors are honoured.

According to the organizer of the event, Vanguard Newspaper Limited, the LIRS boss, Subair, was conferred with the special award in recognition of his magic wand in the Lagos state tax revolution during the last seven years of being in office.

L-R: Mrs Enonuya Angela- Assistant Director, Personal Income Tax, LIRS, Ms Coker Folashade- Director, Informal Sector and Special Duties, LIRS, Ayodele Subair, Executive Chairman, Lagos State Internal Revenue Service, LIRS and Mrs Bolaji Akintola, Director, Tax Audit, LIRS during the 11th edition of the Vanguard Personality of the Year Award held over the weekend at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Receiving the award, alongside some of the LIRS directors, Subair expressed gratitude to the Vanguard Newspapers’ management for finding him worthy to be selected for the honour.

“I must thank the chairman and management of Vanguard Newspapers. They’ve been there as the vanguard leading the way in developments and new ideas for many years. To be on top is not very easy. They are one of the best newspaper organisations in Nigeria. I say kudos to them.”

Speaking further, Subair noted; “I feel very proud about our achievements at LIRS. It’s not just about me. It is about LIRS, the management, the directors, and staff, including most importantly, His Excellency, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his immense support and encouragement. Also, the Lagos State House of Assembly, the Judiciary and all stakeholders that have contributed to our success.”

Commenting on the impact of the award, the LIRS chairman said it had thrown the agency up for more good work.

He said the agency is happy to be contributing to the development of Lagos State and humanity. According to him, “Without mobilization of funds, there can’t be any meaningful development.”

Born on May 21, 1960, Subair holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the Metropolitan University of Manchester, United Kingdom. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Lagos. A fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, ICAN, member of both the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, CITN, and the Business Recovery and Insolvency Practitioners Association of Nigeria, BRIPAN.

Prior to his appointment in 2016, the internally generated revenue, IGR, by the LIRS, hovered around N240 billion, but with his astute knowledge and experience in accounting and taxation, Subair has increased revenue generation to N427 billion, nearly doubling the initial revenue at the start of his tenure.

Subair has introduced various innovative measures to shove up the tax revolution in Lagos State, which included the introduction of e-Tax, which has resulted in a faster turn-around time for tax processes, improved transparency, and increased taxpayer self-service.

At the prestigious Award night, aside from the LIRS boss, other eminent Nigerians were conferred with different categories of awards, including the President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, who won the Personality of the Year Award.

Governors Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom, Babagana Zulum of Borno, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, AbdulRahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara and Seyi Makinde of Oyo emerged as Vanguard Newspaper 2022 governors of the year. Also honoured were, Chairman of NDLEA, General Buba Mara (rtd), Founder/CEO Techno Oil, Nkechi Obi, Ray Ekpu and Mohammed Bello Koko, CEO, Nigerian Port Authority among others.

Earlier, speaking at the award ceremony, General Manager/Ediro-in-Chief of Vanguard Newspaper, Mr Gbenga Adefaye, said that for a decade, Vanguard Newspaper has continued to recognize Nigeria’s most distinguished individuals for excellence, national pride and service to humanity.

L-R: Mrs Enonuya Angela- Assistant Director, Personal Income Tax, LIRS, Asiwaju Solomon Kayode Onafowokan, former President Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Chairman, Coleman Wire and Cables presenting the 2022 Public Sector Icon of the Year Award to Ayodele Subair, (middle) Executive Chairman, Lagos State Internal Revenue Service, LIRS, Ms Coker Folashade- Director, Informal Sector and Special Duties, LIRS and Mrs Bolaji Akintola, Director, Tax Audit, LIRS during the 11th edition of the Vanguard Personality of the Year Award held over the weekend at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos


Adefaye noted that these individuals in business, politics and other facets of human endeavours have not only achieved great success but have been responsible corporate citizens, impacting society and the environment. “They have been innovative and forward thinking and have taken bold steps to shape the future of their industries and served with integrity and dedication to improve the nation “There are numerous ways to make a positive influence, whether by volunteering our time, closing market gaps, spearheading innovation, being a model citizen or simply lending a helping hand to people in need’’ he said.

Hosted by actress and television presenter, Zainab Balogun and her male colleague, Deyemi Okanlawon, the ceremony had in attendance society’s Crème de la crème including captains of industry, members of the diplomatic corps, businessmen, and women businesswomen, media personalities as well as members of the culture and creative industry.

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