pastor ben akabuezePastor Ben  Akabueze

Former Commissioner for Economic Planning & Budget, Lagos State, Nigeria.

A distinguished banker, accountant, economist and administrator, he holds a first class  B.Sc degree in Accounting from the University of Lagos and an Advanced Management Programme Certificate from the Lagos Business School. A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA) and a Fellow of the Institute of Credit Administrators (FICA), he had over 23 years experience in Accounting, Consulting and Banking, rising to the position of Managing Director/Chief Executive of NAL Bank Plc (2000-2005), and Executive Director – Sterling Bank Plc from January to August 2006 before going into the public sector. He served as Lagos State Commissioner for Economic Planning & Budget  from January 2007 till May 2015, having first been appointed by Governor Tinubu and then re-appointed for two terms now by Governor Fashola.Pastor Ben is currently the Chief Executive Officer of BIA Consulting Ltd, a Financial and Strategic Management Consulting firm, with a strong focus on public financial management (PFM).

Pastor Ben Akabueze is very passionate about societal transformation and actively participates in programmes designed to bring the desired change in his country. In this respect, he serves on the Boards of the Apostles in the Marketplace, Society for National Transformation, Africa Missions Global, etc. Pastor Ben has also served on the Boards of several private sector companies. Additionally, he is the Pastor-in-charge of Lagos Province 39 of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, with headquarters at The King’s Court parish in Victoria Island , Lagos whose congregation consists mainly of professionals and business people. Pastor Ben is the recipient of several academic, professional and community service awards. He is a member of Metropolitan Club and Ikoyi Club, among others, and loves to play squash and to swim. Pastor Ben is married to Ngozi and blessed with children.