Mrs. ADESOYE Folasade Sidikatu (FCA), alumnus of the prestigious Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, was born on 28 December 1959 at Ebute-Metta Lagos.
After her first School leaving Certificate, Folasade proceeded to Abeokuta Girls Grammar School (AGGS) for her secondary education which she successfully completed in 1975 with a Grade 1 overall score. She was admitted into the Federal School of Arts and Science, Victoria Island Lagos in 1976 for Advanced Level studies which she eventually completed at the Polytechnic Ibadan in 1978 earning for herself the University of Cambridge Advanced Level General Certificate of Education (GCE A/L).
After her A-Levels, armed with a determination to excel in Accounting, her career of choice, Folasade joined the Peat Marwick, Ani & Ogunde (an Accounting and Audit firm now known as Akintola Williams Delloit) as a Trainee accountant in 1978. There, she continued to hone her accounting and audit skills until she qualified as a chartered accountant in 1983, in the course of which she emerged the overall best trainee and prize winner at the intermediate level. At Peat Marwick, she was saddled with the responsibility of auditing the accounts of public and private companies, preparation of draft accounts and computation of tax liabilities, amongst other duties.
Mrs. Adesoye joined the Lagos State Civil Service in December 1983, commencing her career as a Senior Accountant with the Small Scale Industries Credit Scheme in the then Ministry of Commerce & Industries. She was later deployed to the Lagos State Printing Corporation in 1986 where she remained till 1988 when she transferred to the Local Government Service.
Her sojourn in the Local Government Service took Folasade Adesoye through several Local Government Areas, first as Area Treasurer, Mainland Local Government (1988-1992) and subsequently as Treasurer Ojo Local Government (1993-1996); Treasurer Ikeja Local Government (1996-1999); Treasurer Somolu Local Government (1999-2002) and Treasurer Kosofe Local Government (2002-2003) by which time, she had risen to the post of Director, Finance GL15 and had also bagged a Master of Public Administration (MPA) Degree from the University of Lagos (2002).
Mrs. Folasade Adesoye returned to the mainstream Civil Service in 2003 and subsequently proceeded on leave of absence. On her return to the Civil Service in 2006, she was deployed to the Lagos State Urban Renewal Authority (LASURA) as Director of Accounts where she spent a few months before she was redeployed to the Health Service Commission as Director of Accounts. Her last duty post as substantive Director was at the Ministry of Transportation where she served from May 2009 to December 2010. Her insatiable appetite for knowledge lured Folasade Adesoye into earning another first class (Honours) Bachelor’s Degree (B.Sc.) in Accounting from the Ogun State University, Ago-Iwoye between 2009-2010.
In recognition of her outstanding credentials, sterling performance and contributions to the development of the State and the Public Service in different capacities, in December 2010 Mrs. Folasade Adesoye was elevated into elite club of Permanent Secretaries and deployed to the Civil Service Pensions Office where she remained till August 2015 when she was redeployed to the Local Government Establishments, Training & Pensions Office where she served as Permanent Secretary from August 2015 to April 2016. She also served as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Women Affairs & Poverty Alleviation from April 2016 to December 2016.
Following a brief deployment as Acting Head of Service from December 2016 to April 2017, Mrs. Adesoye, again, returned to School. This time, she proceeded on an extended training programme on Public Sector – Policy & Leadership at the Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University. Upon the successful completion of the Course in August 2017, she returned to Nigeria and was immediately deployed as Permanent Secretary Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resources, the post she occupied until her appointment as the 20th Head of Service.
A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and an Associate member of both the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) and Nigerian Institute of Training and Development (NITAD), Mrs. Adesoye has attended numerous local and international training programmes that has prepared her for responsibilities of the Office she is today called to occupy.
Humble, kind, respectful, and selfless, Mrs. Adesoye has also served as president of Lagos State Association of Local Government Accountants and Treasurers as well as Treasurer, Redeemed Christian Church of God (All Saints Chapel, Lagos). The new Head of Service has to her credit an unpublished academic thesis titled: ‘Policy Innovation: Challenges and Opportunities’
A happily married mother of children who have achieved personal successes in their own respective professional fields, this accomplished and quintessential Administrator is also passionate about “Research, Business Development and Investment Appraisals”.