A man of considerable background in Engineering and Accounting, Dapo Abiodun, who was born to Dr & Mrs. Emmanuel Abiodun from Iperu-Remo on May 29, 1960, is one of the largest indigenous players in the downstream, mid-stream and upstream oil and gas industries in our country. Dapo started his career with Glock Inc. USA as a Cost Accountant and upon return to Nigeria, he established his own enterprise.
He is a serial entrepreneur with keen interest in the Oil, Technology and Energy sectors and has founded companies including Heyden Petroleum Limited, Alarmnet and Innovative Ventures Limited. Through his several companies, among them, Heyden Petroleum Limited and First Power Ltd, he has provided direct employment to some 10,000 Nigerians and another 25,000, indirectly.
Dapo has also served as a member of various Presidential Committees and organisations, including the Presidential Think Tank in 2001; appointed Chairman, Oil and Gas Committee, Ogun State in 2009, Chairman, Depot and Petroleum Product Marketers Association of Nigeria (DAPPMAN) in 2012 and later, Chairman, Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) in 2018.
The Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti at its 23rd Convocation ceremony, deservedly conferred him with a Degree of Doctor of Finance, honoris causa. When Dapo Abiodun was first elected to the Nigerian Senate on the platform of the defunct United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP) in 1992, he was only 33, the youngest Nigerian ever to be so elected.
It is also instructive that as a Senatorial candidate on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2014, he single-handedly provided the seed funds needed to purchase a 33KVA Power Line for Ogun state waterside communities, which had been without power supply for years.
Undeniably, Dapo has acquired considerable experience and discipline from his entrepreneurial ventures in ways that fully equip him for the complex challenges of public office.
“My life and personal experience have revealed to me more than anything, that if given the right environment, values and opportunities, anyone can rise to become anything. I believe that beyond investing in busineses, investing in people should come first. This is something that is evident in the most prosperous nations of the world. My utmost desire is to give the Ogun people an enabling environment that will help them excel and stand out amidst peers in Nigeria and all over the world, while blazing new trails for the generation that comes after them, regardless of their origin or foundation.”
Abiodun believes that Ogun State is blessed with human capital and intellectual capacity to equate and exceed other successful states in Nigeria.
“I believe the strategic positioning and close proximity to Lagos can also be maximised to our greatest advantage where we can easily generate as much internal revenue as Lagos State, if the opportunities are properly harnessed.
I am an investor and I have neither taken a contract from the state government nor collected returns from any of the lawmakers that I have sponsored into various offices, both at the State and National Assembly.”
QUICK FACTS: POLITICAL & GOVERNMENT ENGAGEMENT
1998: In 1998, at the age of 38, Dapo Abiodun became the youngest person to be elected Senator in Nigeria. He won the seat on the platform of the UNCP.
2015: He made an unsuccessful bid to return to the senate in the 2015 general elections, representing the All Progressive Congress (APC) for Ogun East Senatorial District
2019: After hard fought primaries, he won the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to run for governor of Ogun State, South West Nigeria in the 2019 general elections.
2001: Dapo Abiodun has served as a member of various presidential committees and organizations including the Presidential Think Tank in 2001.
- He serves as a member and chairman of several reputable companies including Crestar Hydrocarbons Ltd, Oms-Heyden Exploration and Production Limited and First Power Limited.
- He was also appointed Chairman, Oil and Gas Committee, Ogun State in 2009; Chairman of Depot and Petroleum Product Marketers Association (DAPPMA) in 2012.
- Prince Abiodun was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari as Chairman of Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) in 2018.
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