SENATOR RAFIU ADEBAYO IBRAHIM Ph.D., FCIB
A TRAINED AND EXPERIENCED BANKER!
AN ACCOMPLISHED BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR!!
A PEOPLE ORIENTED PUBLIC SERVANT!!!
Rafiu Adebayo Ibrahim was born on the 12th December, 1966 to the family of Alhaji Ibrahim Ayinla Kajogbola and Alhaja Rafatu Adunni Ibrahim (Nee Oyelowo) in Ojoku, Oyun LGA of Kwara State.
All his early education was in his immediate environment from primarythrough to tertiary education. Rafiu Adebayo Ibrahim attended Erin-Ile Secondary School and Ojoku Grammar School, Ojoku, where he obtained his West Africa School Certificate in 1985. He proceeded to the Kwara State Polytechnic where he graduated in 1987.
He started working in the Banking industry in 1990 and became an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria in 1995. In the year 2000, he obtained his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Ado-Ekiti. He is an Alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School where he underwent the professional entrepreneurship management program; Owner Managers Programme. He was the Vice President of his class-OMP7.As a result of his performance in the banking sector, he was also conferred with the Fellow of Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (FCIB) in 2009 and was Chairman, Kwara Branch of CIBN in the same year through to 2010.
He studied and bagged a doctorate degree PhD in Business Administration in 2009. He is an experienced banker and financial expert of 15 years in banking practice specialising in Investment, Treasury Management and Project Finance. He was also in Harvard Kennedy School for Executive Education Programme: Innovation for Economic Development in April 2016, also in February 2018, he obtained a certificate on Leadership for the 21st century; on chaos, conflicts and courage. He is currently studying Law in Leadcity University, Ibadan.
Before his coming into politics, he was the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Ibrafunds Limited. His experience in business management cut across various sectors with interests in Financial Consultancy/Services, Marketing, Security Printing, Manufacturing, Construction and Project Development/Concessionairing and management. He is a member of the following social and developmental associations: Institute of Directors; Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Lagos Business School Alumni Association; Ikoyi Club 1938; Ibadan Golf Club; Junior Chamber International; Ojoku Descendant Progressive Association; He has been Patron of Junior Chambers International, University of Ilorin Chapter for 9 years.
As a financial expert of many years, Ibrahim’s journey in politics can be said to be a chance discovery; serendipity describes it perfectly. He was inspired by the performance of Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki with the encouragement and support of our father: The late titan; DrAbubakarOlusolaSaraki [OLOYE] of blessed memory when he ventured in to governance/politics in May 2009 where he contested and subsequently got elected in a by-election into the Kwara State House of Assembly to represent Oke-Ogun Constituency in Oyun LGA after the death of Hon Rauf Salami Lambe (May his soul rest in peace).
To the glory of Almighty Allah, after a sterling performance in the State House of Assembly, he was nominated with the total blessing of the Leadership of Saraki Dynasty and got elected to the House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in April 2011 to represent Ifelodun/Offa/Oyun Federal Constituency.
The catalogue of his achievements in the green chamber is chronicled for posterity. It was indeed a good time for the people of the constituency as Ibrahim brought a paradigm shift to the mode of representation. That he gave back to his constituency in that four years of his representation through physical, mental and material empowerment, is now history. The four years of his representation in the House of Representatives witnessed unprecedented performance. While nursing the ambition of possibly returning to the lower arm of the National Assembly in the 2015 polls, the political Leadership of Kwara state ably being led by the Senate President, Dr AbubakarBukolaSaraki [CON], reached a compromise and decided that he threw his hat in the ring for the seat of Kwara South Senatorial District in the Senate under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
As a man of destiny, Rafiu Ibrahim triumphed in the election with a landslide victory. His victory was anticipated as he is a man ofsheer humility. Knowing his versatility and astuteness, the leadership of the Eight Senate upon the constitution of the Senate Standing Committees named him Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions and also Co-Chair and members of other various Senate Committees. If he had wished to remain apolitical, he may have probably found himself in academia. It is , however, little wonder that he worked against all odds to be certified as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the reputable Lead City University, Ibadan.
Gentle with a subtle profundity, Ibrahim knows how to hold his own without vanity or flamboyance. He is the personification of humility without servility, efficiency without showiness, brilliance without arrogance. Ibrahim has proven his mettle as a brilliant and cosmopolitan team player, as well as a loyal and disciplined party man. Much may have been said and written about his public and private life, however, his courage, integrity, generosity and all-embracing character have stood high above everything else. Ibrahim has proven to be a dependable student of Saraki political School of Philosophy, which rests on the shoulder of the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, a political colossus. He sees his loyalty as a token payback for all the kindness and magnanimity he is enjoying from the entire political structure of Kwara state as led by his mentor, brother and political fortress, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki.
As a Reform Champion on the 5th of December , 2017 Senator Rafiu Ibrahim Received a Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council’s (PEBEC ) IMPACT AWARD From the vice president Prof Yemi Osibanjo GCON , The Chairman Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council’s (PEBEC), in recognition of his contributions to the 2016-2017 World Ease of doing Business Which ensured the Ranking of Nigeria Moving up by 24 point. The two reform bills sponsored by Senator Rafiu; Credit Reporting Act 2017 and Secured Transaction in Movable Assets Act 2017; Contributed significantly to Nigeria moving up on ‘Getting Credit’ Indicator from number 44 to number 6. Aside being the Sponsor of these two bills, he is also the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking Insurance and other financial institutions Which Worked on the bills in the senate.
Without mincing words, Ibrahim has shown himself to be steadfast and trustworthy. Known for his resilience, doggedness ,loyalty and astuteness, the distinguished senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has inscribed his footprints in the sands of time. Service to humanity is his watchword in politics and governance.
- Senate Committee on Banking Insurance and other financial institutions
- Senate Committee on Appropriation
- Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs
- Senate Committee on Senate Services
- Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs
He served in various Ad-hoc and joint committees, he has sponsored and co-sponsored various motions of national and sectoral interests notably and most recent among them include the:
- Motion on indiscriminate use and abuse of waivers for rice importation
- Motion on dastardly armed robbery attack on banks in Offa LGA of Kwara state.
To the glory of The Almighty, he is married and blessed with sons and daughters.