The Asoju oba of Ikorodu land, who was the regional director of Skye Bank Plc (now Polaris Bank) until June 2018, when he retired, Chief Kazeem Olorunimbe Ogbara, on Saturday November 24, 2018, graduated from the international university, Panama in the institute of Credit administration under the post graduate school of credit and financial management, Nigeria. As he was declared and confirmed certified a holder of Doctorate Degree of philosophy by the Governing council of the institution at an historic graduation ceremony which took place at Lagos Business school (LBS), Lekki, Lagos.
The institution which has affiliation with London post graduate credit management college, U.K, on this Saturday organized a befitting graduation ceremony for 20(Twenty) post graduate students of the institute of credit Administration, and ikorodu born financial expert, who bagged ‘Financial brand personality of the year Award’ from marketing Edge publications limited, a leading top of the market and brand focused magazine in Nigeria, in July 2018, Kazeem Ogbara, made the list.
It is important to know that this great man who became Asoju oba of ikorodu in 2014 is an alumni of many business schools including but not limited to Cardiff Business school and Lagos Business school.Horusa doctorate in Business administration and Banking/finance of the cosmopolitan University in USA at the city of Missouri. He is an experienced professional commercial banker since his youth service year at the international Merchant Bank Plc where he associated with top bankers in the like of Jim Ovia, Ayo Olagundoye, Akinshola Akinfenwa, BismarckRewani to mention a few.
This intelligent and well experienced graduand of the institute, which was established as non-profit organization in 1992 and got it’s legal status as a body limited by guarantee under the law of Nigeria In year 2002, was also inducted as a fellow of credit Administration (FICA) alongside 144(one hundred and Forty Four) Financial and credit Administrators.
According to Dr. Laurencena of international university of panama America who delivered a powerful graduation speech at the event through a telecast, the graduands of the day are rare individuals, whose desires and passion to continually and meaningfully impart their world prompted them to undergo research courses in the institution. He said since they had satisfied the requirements for Doctorate Degree of philosophy (PhD) it is now time for them to apply their wisdom on the Nigeria challenges, especially on her economy, so that life can be better for many Nigerians. Dr. Laurencena who described the graduands as the ambassadors of the university, also urged them to give support to ICA and ensure its progress in order for other people to gain from the institute.
Also, while pronouncing and introducing the graduands as certified PhD holders, the Registrar/CEO, ICA, Professor Chris Onalo, pointed that the institute is the third credit administration institute in the world after that of London and America, since it is only one in the whole of Africa, and luckily it is located in Nigeria. The institute, according to him is Nigeria’s only national body for credit business at all levels in Nigeria and influence structures of risks measurement, to protect the item on the balance sheet called “account receivable”. Prof Onalo later, amidst celebration and reflection on the commitment and dedication of the graduands personally presented certificates to all of them one after the other.
Earlier on, Dr. Femi Macaulay, in the course of a brief lecture, he delivered at the ceremony described the new PhD Holders as people with inter disciplinary fields, lovers of wisdom, brilliant and intelligent professionals that are very rare to find, people with insight for innovative products, and that scientific acumen of this set of people can never be over emphasized. He later gave the graduands 8 cardinal points which he said would propel them to greater success in the nearest future. Amongst these points were: managing large scale projects, ability to piece together and solve problems, skills related to searching for adopting and critically examining knowledge, contacts with researchers and other scientific players, capacity for multi sectoral/multi disciplinary collaboration, broad understanding of own field, and scientific contents or substance. This speaker who secured all distinctions in his PhD course in America Trinity University, California, commended gradunads’ Thesis’s as he said capacity for multi sectoral/multi disciplinary collaboration, reflected in each Thesis submitted by the graduands.
In a chat with Trixx media, Dr. Kazeem Olorunimbe Ogbara, revealed that he spent two and half years in the institute for the courses which qualified him as a PhD Holder in credit administration. He attributed the major challenge he had in the course of his study to lack of good materials for analysis, claiming that scholars have not done much in the area of credit administration. He pointed out that the desire and passion to solve companies and financial institution’s problems prompted him to go for Doctorate Degree, so that strategies and innovative ideas can be developed, since credit administration is the mother of all profession. This master Degree graduate of University of Wales, who worked in different capacities in financial Banking before statutory retirement, stated that violation of credit policy and wrong management of cash flow are major challenges of many companies and commercial Banks in Nigeria. He said he is ready to mentor upcoming entrepreneurs, so that they will not fail, like the already existing ones, that have experienced failure several times.
Dr. Ogbara who is an honorary senior member of chattered institute of Banking, also advised young and upcoming Entrepreneurs, to be focused about their business and always adapt to the new development in their environment through continuous learning. He did not forget to encourage ikorodu youth to follow the footsteps of great achievers in the division, In order to continue to project good name and reputation for ikorodu.
Guests of Dr. Ogbara at the event included his amiable wife chief Mrs. Ogbara , one of his sons, Feyi Ogbara, leader in his family, Evangelist Razak Ogbara, amongst other friends Associates and well wishers. Dignitaries at the event included founder, the Risk you & CEO 1723 Risk Advisory, chizubel Uk,president/CEO of COS charis Group, Dr. Cosmas Maduka, was represented by his son, Mr. jonathan Maduka, Deputy president /Deputy chairman of ICA Governing council, Mr. Andy Ojei, Mrs. Markie Idowu, member ICA , Governing council, chairman Sona, Group. Mr. Arjan K. Marchan dani, FITC representative, Dr. Tunji Ajiboye, central Bank of Nigeria representative, Mr. Sam Okogbue, amongst other notable icons of industries and financial and credit institutions present at the event.