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Lagos ICSAN inaugurates Francis Olawale as ninth chairman


The Lagos State chapter of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN) has inaugurated Mr. Francis Olawale as its ninth chairman and other executive members to run the affairs of the organisation in the next two years.

During the event at the weekend at Alausa, Ikeja, Olawale pledged to take the association to the next level of development.He applauded his predecessor in office, Mrs. Abiola Laseinde, for steering the ship of the organisation on the path of growth in the past two years.

Sworn in alongside Olawale are vice chairman, Nkechi Anyimah; Ololade Olude (Honorary Secretary); Adeyemi Ajoke (Social Secretary); Efosa Osarumen Ewere (Assistant Honorary Secretary) and Folasade Akinmusire (Mobilisation Secretary).

Others include Assistant Mobilisation Secretary,Yetunde Emmanuel; Olekamma Ekeleme (Publicity Secretary); Sir Chuma Osuebi (Honorary Treasurer); Alaba Ekundayo (Financial Secretary); Oladayo Akinlemibola (Assistant Financial Secretary) and Irene Iyokpesomi (Assistant Publicity Secretary).In his acceptance speech, Olawale noted: “After the electioneering which usually comes with campaign promises, it suddenly dawned on me that the time to walk the talk is here.”

For me, leadership at any level is simply a rare opportunity to be a front liner for a collective course amidst one’s peers and equals, it is never a journey to embarked upon alone. I believe we are all in this together while not shying away from the responsibility you have chosen me to carry out.

“I have come to realize that there is never a convenient time to carry out any assignment, but for every effort and achievement in life, it is simply a matter of priority and commitment. It is also said that anything you are committed to and passionate about, you create time for. This has been my ICSAN story, which by extension, has been my Lagos chapter story.”

He continued: “Success and progress no matter how little never happen by chance but by execution of carefully crafted, purposeful and deliberate plans. As we execute our plans for the chapter, I will constantly remind myself that we are just ordinary beings being inspired and supported by the superman upstairs.”

Olawale identified with the Federal Government’s attempt for a wholesome revamp of the economy, especially its Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).He pledged to uphold the institute’s four pillars – growth, awareness, integration and relevance – through advocacy and workable partnerships.

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