How Late Mobolaji Johnson Turned The Fortunes Of Julius Berger In Nigeria – Richter
The management of Nigerian construction company, Julius Berger, has spoken glowingly about a former chairman of the company and ex-military governor of Lagos State, Brigadier-General Mobolaji Johnson (rtd), who passed away on October 20, 2019, aged 85 years.
Johnson had served in two capacities; first as a director in Julius Berger Nigeria in 1979, and as the company’s chairman from 1996 to 2009.
He was eulogised by the company’s management at a dinner held to commemorate the 16th Julius Berger Invitational Golf tournament.
The event took place at the IBB Golf and Country Club in Abuja at the weekend.
Julius Berger’s Managing Director, Lars Richter, delivered a speech in which he recalled Johnson’s contributions to the development of the construction company.
Ritchter acknowledged the “very productive, successful and impactful tenure of Gen. Johnson as Chairman on the business fortunes of Julius Berger, saying that his commitment and proactive hardwork laid a solid foundation for the growth of the company.”
He said the company would “solely miss the wise and ready advice departed former chairman,” as he prayed for Johnson’s soul to rest peacefully.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the IBB Golf and Country Club, General IBM Haruna (Rtd recalled fun memories he shared with Johnson during their military and political service, as wells their personal friendship and interest in Golf game.
Haruna recalled that late Johnson was also a pioneer member of the Board of Trustees of the prestigious IBB Golf and Country Club.
After the tribute messages, a moment of silence was observed for Johnson by the Board of Directors and Executive Management of Julius Berger, the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee of the Golf Club and all the participants and guests at the JBN 16th Invitational Tournament Dinner observed a moment of silence for Johnson.
Speaking earlier, Club Captain, Sola Awoyungbo, had described JBN 16th Invitational Tournament as the best to be ever organised by the club.
Prizes were also presented to winners in different categories in the tournament during the dinner.
The longest drive for men was won by Bruce Spain who drove at 245 metres. Grace Ihonvwere won the longest drive for ladies at a 202 metres shot. O. Igwe won the prize for the nearest to the pin for men at 2 inch, while M. Nwoye won the prize for nearest to the pin for ladies at 8.4 metres.
The Veteran Men Category prize was won by His Excellency, Gen. Olagunsoye Oyinlola the former Governor of Lagos and Osun states, at 39 gross points. The Ladies Division 2 at handicap 19-36 was won by M. Nwoye having grossed 38 points. The prize for the Ladies Division 1 at handicap 0-18 was won by Grace Ihonvwere with 33 gross points.
The prize for the Men Division 3 at handicap 20-28 was won by B. Akindipe with 43 gross points, while the Men Division 2 at handicap 11-19 was clinched by Bruce Spain. Chief J. K. Gadzama, SAN, won Second place in the Division. The Men Division at handicap 0-10 was won by Julius Fadairo, the Competition Secretary of the club.
The highlight of the presentations was when Mr. Mutiu Sumonu, CON, the Chairman of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, was assisted by the Club Captain, Mr. Sola Awoyungbo, to present the 16th Julius Berger Invitation tournament trophy to the Overall winner, Colonel G. Onyejegbu (Rtd.). The overall winner of the Golf tournament thanked Julius Berger for organising the best tournament he played in yet, promising to be at the tournament again next year.