President 1975 - 1988

Engr C.S.O. Akande CON
(1924 - 2005)

Engr. C.S.O Akande was born on the 28th December 1924 as Christopher Sunday Olutunde to Gabriel Aojulu Akande and Rebecca Ajike Akande.

Following his primary education, he attended the prestigious Government College, Ibadan in 1941 on a Government Scholarship. On completion of his secondary education in 1946, he proceeded to Yaba Higher College in 1947. He was then admitted to University College, Ibadan (UCI) in 1948. During his time at UCI, he worked with Architect Jane Drew in designing the permanent buildings in UCI. Between the years of 1950 and 1953, he was sent to London to continue his studies at Battersea College of Technology, London where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Engineering) Honours degree in 1953.

Between 1953 and 1959, CSO went out into the world transforming his theoretical knowledge into reality and in 1959 he proceeded on another scholarship to an in-service training course at the Royal College of Science and Technology, Glasgow from where he earned a post-graduate Diploma in Environmental Control Engineering and Resource Utilitization in 1960. Following this, he attended a training program at Stanford University, U.S.A where he obtained a certificate in Transportation Management.

C.S.O Akande worked with Ove Arup & Partners, London from 1953 to 1955 and maintained a long friendship with the founder Sir Ove Arup. He joined the Western Region Government in 1955 as Executive Engineer Grade II between 1955 and 1956 and rose to become Superintendent Engineer in charge of Benin, Delta Provinces (1960 – 1962), Chief Civil Engineer (1965-1967) and Controller of
Works Services (1967-1974).

Subsequent to this in 1974, C.S.O was appointed Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Lands and Housing, Western State; Secretary to the Military Government and Head of Service (1975); First Group Managing Director, O’Odua Investment Company Ltd (1976 – 1979); Chairman, National Bank of Nigeria Limited, (1976-1980); Vice Chairman/ First Indigenous Managing Director & Chief Executive, West African
Portland Cement (1980 – 1989). He was appointed Commissioner, National Electoral Commission,(August 1987-February 1989); Chairman, National Road Safety Corps Committee, (1967- 1974); President, Nigerian Society of Engineers, 1973-74; President, Government College, Ibadan Old Boys Association, 1975; Member, Lagos University Senate, 1982; Member, Governing Council, Ondo State University, Ado-Ekiti, since October 1988.

He was also a Fellow, British Institution of Civil Engineers, 1969; Fellow, Nigerian Society of Engineers, 1969; Fellow, Nigerian Institute of Management, 1986. C.S.O was on the board of several companies such as Director, West African Portland Cement Co. Ltd, Chairman, National Motors Ltd; Chairman, Phoenix Motors; Chairman, Nigeria Water Resources Department; Chairman, Cocoa Industries Ltd; Chairman, National Bank of Nigeria Ltd; Director, Soleh Boneh Overseas Nigeria Ltd; Chairman, Tilbury Contracting Company Limited; Director, Addis Engineering Ltd.

In addition, he was given the following awards: Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) in 1983, as well as a Fellow in Ondo State Polytechnic, Owo in 1990. Following this he was conferred with the honour of Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) by President Olusegun Obasanjo GCFR in 2001.

C.S.O Akande was married to Christiana Olufunke Akande (Late) and left behind 4 children – Mrs. Iyabode Harriet Atinuke Akindolie, Mr. Oluwole Howard Abiodun Akande, Mr. Ibidapo Eugene Olabisi Akande and Dr. (Mrs.) Olukemi Titilayo Taiwo.
He also has grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He also loved playing tennis, swimming, billiards, game hunting.

He died at the age of 81 in the year 2005.

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