Akinkuotu Oluwatoyin Albert
A quintessential Public Administration and Public Policy Analyst, Barr. OluwatoyinAlbert Akinkuotu, was born in Ondo City, on 7thAugust, 1959.
He obtained a First Class Honours B.Sc Degree in Political Science and Administration from the University of Maiduguri, Borno State, in 1984 – the first student to attain that feat in the history of the Department in that University. He was given a Fellowship of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in 1986 where he bagged a Masters of Public Administration degree in 1988. Akinkuotu also bagged a degree in Law (LLb) from the University of Benin, Benin City and Masters of Law (LLM) degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. He has been called to the Nigerian Bar as Solicitor and Advocate of Supreme Court of Nigeria.
Personal Life and Family
Akinkuotu is a man of many parts. He was the Charter President of Akure-Ala Lions Club and has been awarded Melvin Jones Fellow Award, the highest award of International Association of Lions Clubs. He is a member of Catholic Men Organisation (CMO), a Jerusalem Pilgrim and Member of many Social Clubs in Ondo and Akure. He is happily married toOlajumoke and the marriage is blessed with 3 Children – Taiwo, Kehinde and Idowu.
The young Akinkuotu joined the Civil Service of Ondo State in 1988 as an Administrative Officer I GL 09. He rose through the ranks and had served in about 20 Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government. The promising bureaucrat also held more than 30 adhoc positions in Committees and Boards between 1990 and 2013. He was appointed a Permanent Secretary in July 2009 and became the Head of Ondo State Civil Service in 2013.
Akinkuotu until this elevation as Head of Service, was a member, on Ondo State Senior Management Committee (SMC) – the highest decision making Body on Civil Service Matters; Secretary/Member, Ondo State Economic Committee; - the body that advises government of Ondo State on Financial Management and related strategic issues in the public service; Chairman, Technical Committee on Joint Local Government Accounts Allocation Committee (JAAC) Member, Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo Governing Board, Member, Ondo State Community Development and Social Council.
Even though ‘Toyin Akinkuotu Joined the Civil Service as a trained Public Administrator with the First and Second degrees in Public Administration, he never the less,made himself always available for an avalanchee of in-service training programmes in Management and Administration at advanced levels.Within Nigeria he had at various times attended courses at Centre for Management Development, Lagos; Administrative Staff College, Badagry; Institute of International Affairs, Lagos; Industrial Training Centre, Ibadan; Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Lagos; Centre for Law and Development Studies, Lagos; Lagos Business School, Pan African University, Lagos; University of Ibadan Consultancy Services, Ibadan; among others.
At the international level, this top public officer, attended the prestigious and world-class Royal Institute of Public Administration, London (RIPA) in2010. He had also attended various professional Development Certificate courses of the Intentional Bar Association including Canada (2010), Dubai (2011) and Dublin, Republic of Ireland (2012). He is also an alumni of the John Kennedy School of Governance, Harvard University, Boston, USA.
Akinkuotu has presented numerous academic and professional papers, particularly on Administrative Law, Management Sciences and Pension Administration, among others. He also belongs to various professional groups which include; Member, Nigerian Institute of Management, Fellow Institute of Public Administration of Nigeria, Member, Nigeria Bar Association; Member, International Bar Association; Fellow, Institute of Corporate Administration; Fellow Institute of Finance and Control etc.
He has to his credit many Scholarships, Distinctions and awards - the best faculty of Social Science graduate in 1984; awardee of Federal Government Merit Award for Academic Excellence for B.sc degree, 1980 – 1984; Obafemi Awolowo University; Post-graduate Fellowship Award in 1986 – 1988; Award of Excellence by TODAY’S NEWS, October, 2010, Award of Excellence by Ondo State Youth Action Committee, April, 2011, etc. He is an awardee of a “distinguished Career in Public Administration” by the Federal University of Technology (FUTA), Akure.