Lagos DG, PPP, Gbeleyi Replaces Abiru As Finance Commissioner

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Wednesday nominated the Director-General of the State’s Office of Public – Private Partnerships (PPP), Mr. Ayodeji Gbeleyi to replace Mr. Tokunbo Abiru who recently resigned from the State’s Cabinet as the Honourable Commissioner for Finance. The nomination is, however, subject to clearance by the State House of Assembly.

Mr. Gbeleyi also doubles as the Special Adviser to the Governor on PPP, the agency driving the Government-to-Business (G2B) collaboration policy thrust for the acceleration of infrastructure delivery towards the actualization of the vision of making Lagos Africa’s model megacity.

A Fellow of the Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA), Ayodeji Gbeleyi was, prior to his current role as Director-General and Special Adviser on PPP, a Co-Partner with African Advisors, a niche player consultancy boutique with focus on Telecoms, Infrastructure and PPP Advisory Services.

With over a decade of distinguished banking career in senior positions of cross-functional responsibilities, Ayo Gbeleyi was the pioneer and only Chief Treasury Officer, Celtel Nigeria Limited who led the company’s USD 1.1 billion Project Finance that won the Euromoney’s Project Finance Magazine’s Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) Telecoms Deal of the Year 2005.

He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School, the London Business School, Lagos Business School and an MBA holder from the International Graduate School of Management, University of Navarra, Barcelona, Spain.

Ayo Gbeleyi features regularly at public speaking sessions and forums discussing economic, financial and infrastructural issues. He is married with children.

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