Elected Fifth Governor of Ogun State
BUILDING OUR FUTURE TOGETHER: A TASK FOR ALL BEING THE INAUGURATION SPEECH OF PRINCE (DR) DAPO ABIODUN MFR, ON THE OCCASION OF HIS INAUGURATION AS GOVERNOR OF OGUN STATE HELD AT MKO ABIOLA STADIUM, KUTO, ABEOKUTA, ON WEDNESDAY, 29TH MAY, 2019.
“To provide qualitative and focused governance.”
Prince Adedapo Oluseun Abiodun, MFR, Governor of Ogun State, Nigeria, was born on Sunday, 29th May 1960 into the family of Dr. Emmanuel and Mrs. Victoria Abiodun of Iperu-Remo, in Ikenne Local Government of Ogun State. Both parents are teachers. He attended Christ’s School Ado Ekiti in 1972, St. Joseph’s College, Ondo in 1977, and later Ondo High School, in 1978. His education followed the movement pattern of his parents who served in different parts of the then Western Region. Dapo Abiodun proceeded to the prestigious University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile-Ife, Osun State, where he studied Civil Engineering but later transferred to the Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, Georgia, United States where he graduated with a BBA in Accounting in 1986. Dapo began his career with Glock Inc. USA as a Cost Accountant and worked between 1989-1991. Thereafter, his passion for the motherland made him return to Nigeria and he immediately embarked on an entrepreneurship voyage. He founded a number of successful businesses. Until his assumption of office as Governor of Ogun State in May 2019, he was Chairman and/or
Chief Executive of several reputable companies which included Crestar Hydrocarbons Limited, OMS-Heyden Exploration and Production Limited, Heyden Petroleum Limited, Alarmnet and Innovative Ventures Limited, and First Power Limited. As a result of his vast wealth of experience in boardroom activities, corporate governance, and finance, Prince Abiodun became a regular face at Board Meetings of several blue-chip companies. His experience transcends the private sector. He also served as a member of various Presidential Committees like the Presidential Think Tank set up by President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2001. He was appointed Chairman of, Oil and Gas Committee of Ogun State in 2009 and served as Chairman of Depot and Petroleum Product Marketers Association (DAPPMA) from 2012 till 2019. Prince Abiodun, in 2018, was appointed Chairman of Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) by President Muhammadu Buhari and led a number of reform initiatives that standardized and improved the business registration process in the country, leading to a higher ease-of-doing-business ranking for the country. In 2014, he was honored by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan with the prestigious National Award of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (MFR).
In 2018, he was awarded a Doctor of Science in Business Development and Administration (Honoris Causa) Degree by the Adeleke University, Ede, Osun State and another Doctor of Finance (Honoris Causa) Degree by the Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, in recognition of his significant positive impacts and immense contributions to the development of the nation and humanity.