The six Shareholders States of Odu’a Investment Company Limited have approved the appointment of the Director representing Ogun State on the Board of the Company, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, an Investment and Strategic Management expert as the new Chairman of the Company. He succeeds Dr. Segun Aina, OFR, whose tenure as Chairman has expired. Dr. Aina was Odu’a Chairman until June 22nd, 2022.
Otunba Ashiru a fellow of the Institute of Strategic Management of Nigeria; National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria and Chartered Institute of Commerce Nigeria was born in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State to the illustrious Ashiru family.
He graduated with a degree in Marketing, Purchasing & Supply, and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Management. With this background, he entered the services of the then Chartered Bank in 1989. In a successful career that has spanned two decades and taken him to various institutions, he has served in various capacities of Management (Head, Private Banking Unit; Branch Manager; Head, Institution & Professional Banking; Regional Coordinator; Country Director, Personal and Business Banking; Director, Corporate Affairs and Corporate Social Investments; until his last position of Group Head, Public Sector with Stanbic IBTC Bank. He was the pioneer head of the department.
Otunba Ashiru was a two-term Honourable Commissioner for Commerce and Industry in Ogun State from 2011 to 2018
Under his stewardship, the state’s business environment developed beyond imagination with over 1,279.84% increase in internally generated Revenue of the State. Over 300 factories/ companies established their presence in Ogun State with a cumulative investment profile of about N691.77 Billion in 2014, compared to N377 Billion in 2013. This placed Ogun State in the first position in Nigeria, according to the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria. During his time, approximately 75% of Manufacturing Foreign Direct Investment into the country between 2011 – 2016 came into Ogun State.
Also, during his tenure, the World Bank Group, in its Doing Business in Nigeria 2014 Report, ranked Ogun State as one of the best five states in terms of ease of doing business against the 36th position in its 2010 report. He also facilitated the creation of a One-Stop-Shop Investment Center (OSSIC) which sits within the Ministry of Commerce & Industry to assist potential investors with procedures for investment and documentation processing.
Otunba Bimbola Ashiru is a man with a desire to develop the people around him, and this translated into his appointment as the representative of the Awujale of Ijebuland on the Ijebu Development Initiative on Poverty Reduction (IDIPR). He has distinguished himself in this field and represented his people favourably to the best of his ability. He was also on the Technical and Communications Committees of the 17th Nigerian Economic Summit (2011).
In recognition of his selfless service to society and having distinguished himself as a true son of Ijebu land and an astute banker of repute, Otunba Bimbola Ashiru was presented with the royal title of Otunba Adeona Fusigboye of Ijebu land in December 2006 by His Royal Majesty, The Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebu Land, Oba (Dr.) Sikiru Kayode Adetona CFR.
He is a recipient of numerous awards which include the following:
Best Commissioner of the Year – Nigerian NewsDirect Award 2015;
Most outstanding Commissioner – Efizzie Magazine;
Most Proactive Commissioner – FIBAN Excellence Award 2013;
Award of Honor for Outstanding Leadership – Manufacturers Association of Nigeria;
Appreciation Award – Manufacturers Association of Nigeria;
Ijebu Man of the Year 2013 – Ijebu Flavours;
Capacity Man of the Year – Diocese of Lagos West, Anglican Communion;
Pillar of Support Award – Timothy Adeola Odutola Foundation;
Recognition Award for Excellence – Manufacturers Association of Nigeria;
Recognition Award for Excellence – Armed Forces Command & Staff College, Jaji;
Service Excellence – FITC;
Award for Excellence in Banking 2017 – Ijebu Professionals Excellence Foundation;
Award for Excellence, Outstanding contribution to Commerce & State Industrialization in Ogun State – Fed. Technology Incubation Center, Ogun State;
Integrity Stewardship Award – Centre for Save & Serve Humanity Organization;
Recognition Award of Excellence – Nigeria Union of Journalists – Ogun State;
Excellent Performance Award – Ota-Agbara Chamber of Commerce, Industry Mines & Agric;
Achiever Award – Catholic Women Organization, Ijebu Ode Diocese; Legend Award – Life-Changing Group;
Icon of Innovation Award – National Association of Nigerian Students Southwest;
Merit Award for support for Small Business – Nigeria Association of Small Scale Industrialists;
Merit Award for support towards Educational Development & Growth – Ogun State Teaching Service Commission Odogbolu Zone;
Ijebu Remo Man of the Year 2017 – Amebohotnews;
Media Friendly Award – Nigeria Union of Journalists – Ogun State Chapter.
Otunba Bimbola Ashiru is happily married to Olukemi Ashiru, a lawyer, and they are blessed with two lovely children.