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Ex-Gov. Akintola William pushes FG to immortalize him

In order to recognize the late Chief Akintola Williams, the dean of accounting, for his years of selfless devotion and honor to the nation, the former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, has urged the federal government to do so

Williams made history as Nigeria’s first chartered accountant, and Emmanuel expressed sorrow at his departure in a statement made public on Wednesday in Abuja

He lauded the late accounting doyen as a torchbearer, forthright, strict enforcer, wonderful mentor, and a man of outstanding intelligence who made a significant and long-lasting contribution to the accounting profession on a global scale

Chief Williams, according to Emmanuel, “played very pivotal roles in building the Nigerian financial sector as well as instilling the much-needed accounting precepts for the development of our dear nation.” Williams was described as “an exceptionally brilliant, versatile, insightful and incorruptible professional; an awe-inspiring personality, who gloriously bestrode his chosen path like a colossus”

He continued, “Over the years, as Nigeria’s first Chartered Accountant, the founding father of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), the last living founder of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Chairman of several important economic institutions, including the Nigerian Industrial Development Bank, the Audit Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Federal Income Tax Appeal Commissioners, among many others, Chief Willie has played a significant role in the development of Nigeria’s economy

“Akintola Williams & Co, now Akintola Williams, Deloitte & Touche, was founded by Chief Williams, who is regarded as the father of accounting in Nigeria. Through his firm, Chief Williams invested time, effort, and resources in both public and private practices toward nation building as well as the education and training of aspiring accountants

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“He was the picture of perseverance, integrity, and hard work. He never stopped having useful suggestions, had a fix for every tricky problem, and stayed on that course right up until the end

He “left imprints that will last for many generations to come and remain the unending source of inspiration for many,” according to his legacy

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