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How Demola Seriki Has Continued To Live Up To Expectation

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It is definitely not by mistake that President Muhammadu Buhari nominated Chief Demola Seriki as an Ambassador-designate to represent the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Like they say, Champions are often the writers of history and sometimes they rewrite it and achieve great feat in a magnificent manner. This should be one of the greatest attributes of the Lagos Island-born Nigerian politician, teacher, businessman, accountant and public administrator, a prominent native of Lagos State and the Otun Aare of Lagos.

Confidently, Chief Seriki can measure equally to every man that has walked and still walks the surface of the earth, be it intellectually, businesswise, character and humility. Subjecting him to an appraisal at any time will reveal just how perfectly he was created.

When it was reported in the tail-end of 2019 that the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) took over two of Chief Seriki’s landed properties over the debt incurred, we learnt that it was just a ploy by some jealous and vindictive individuals whose sole aim was to tarnish his image and destroy the reputation he built for himself over the years.

Following his nomination as an Ambassador to represent Nigeria, in humility, he took to his official Twitter handle to appreciate President Buhari, tweeting:

“I’m honoured to be nominated as Ambassador-Designate by President Muhammadu Buhari… I often say NO HIGHER HONOR than representing your country.. Very fulfilling! Ecstatic indeed!!!”

Seriki’s wealth of knowledge, wisdom and character has never gone unnoticed by the Federal Government. He has always been known as “that perfect fit for the job.”

He was elected a member of the Federal House of Representatives in 1998 under the platform of the defunct United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP)

Chief Seriki has also had the rare honour to serve as an honourable minister of the Federal Republic for four consecutive times and in four different ministries. He has served as Minister of State for Agriculture and Water Resources, Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Minister of State for Defence and Minister of State for Interior.

Prior to being nominated as an Ambassador, Seriki, in January 2020, was appointed as the Board Chairman of the reconstituted Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).

Being versatile in the art of grassroots politicking, with an ability to see ahead of his counterparts and opponents, he has always being a huge fan of good governance and has been supported by those eager to see a transformation in Nigeria.

As a young lad who was born on the 30th day of November 1959, Seriki was a trailblazer in both primary and secondary school, before he headed for the Herbert Lehman College of the City University of New York where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Management in 1984.

While he studied for his masters’ degree in Accounting as a major, and Finance and Management as a minor, he became licensed to teach accounting and business mathematics by the New York City Board of Education, thus combining his role as a teacher with that of a counselor at the prestigious JFK Memorial High School and Walton High School, both in New York.

Before his teaching career took off, he worked at the Dollar Dry Dock Bank, New York City as a customer representative before rising to the level of assistant manager.

It is important to note that Chief Seriki is an advocate for sports development in Lagos State and has been rewarded numerous times for his role in sports.

He was named the Best State Chairman of Sports Council [1993] by the Nigerian Basketball Federation (NBBF). He was also granted Honorary Life Membership of Table Tennis Association in 1993 in recognition of his public administration expertise and passion for sports development in Lagos State.

Due to his love and passion for entrepreneurship, Demola Seriki went on to start his company, Perpetual Investment and Finance Company Limited(PIFCO) after the political instability of 1993.

He was the Vice President of Rosedale New York-based Perpetual Associates International (USA) Inc., an International Consulting Firm to multinational Oil and Aviation companies from 1994 to 1999.

Chief Seriki returned to PIFCO Nigeria Limited from 1999 to 2007 as an Executive Director, Business Development and Marketing.

He is as well, a very strong member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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