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Ibrahim Dende Egungbohun: Shining Example Of Hard Work, Generosity

Ibrahim Dende Egungbohun is an unrepentant Philanthropist. The Success of a man as they say, is in spending the majority of his Time and Resources to have extraordinary positive impacts on the lives of others.

Chief Ibrahim Egungbohun

Chief Ibrahim Egungbohun
Chief Ibrahim Dende Egungbohun

Some years after he left secondary school learnt and was given rights to practice as a Carpenter. A profession he practiced diligently at Ebute-Igbooro (Yewa North LGA, Ogun State), Chief Egungbohun evidently trained apprentices who graduated as practicing Carpenters.

Ibrahim Dende’s impact transcends mere generosity; he has singlehandedly dispelled negative stereotypes about the people of Yewa land, demonstrating that kindness knows no boundaries of ethnicity, religion, region, or race. He embodies the belief that being a giver is a matter of character, not background. His benevolence has touched the lives of countless individuals, making him a beacon of hope in Yewaland and its environs.

Chief Ibrahim Egungbohun
Chief Ibrahim Dende Egungbohun

While many may not realise it, Ibrahim Dende is a significant contributor to the economic landscape of Yewaland. As perhaps the largest private employer in the region, his investments have provided livelihoods for numerous families. The Chairman of IBD Hotels, with locations in Ilaro and Abeokuta, Dende has quietly but significantly boosted socio-economic development in Ogun state.

Straight from the horse’s mouth

“I left the woodwork for Freight Forwarding business which I understudied at the feet of one of the foremost Forwarder in this community in the early 90’s.

“As a licensed Freight Forwarder over time, I become one of the most reliable and trusted name that attracts bigwigs in auto business. For decades, until the coming on board of the present administration, the Federal Government of Nigeria had allowed clearing of automobiles and foreign parboiled rice through the land borders, hence the legitimacy of my registered company which primarily has been into Freight business.

“When the Comptroller General of Customs Ibrahim Hameed Ali (Rtd) resumed office, in line with the decision of the federal government in April 2016, on importation of rice through the land borders, he invited me for “an understanding”.

“As such, I didn’t have a reason to do anything illegal or go against the federal government, even when on January 2017, the ban on vehicle importation through the land borders was also announced, rather, as a law abiding citizen, I shifted my focus to my other legitimate booming businesses.

“I haven’t, and can never be a smuggler as much as I wouldn’t operate outside the premises of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

Revealing the source of his fairly stable financial status, Chief Ibrahim Egungbohun said, long ago, he had learnt the art of diversification of resources.

“More than two decades ago, while many of my contemporaries were still “sleeping”, I have judiciously diversified proceeds of my legitimate freight business into commercial farming, hospitality business, oil and gas, quarry and Construction Company under the following registered firm’s: IBD IMPEX Ltd, IBD Farms, IBD International Hotels, IBD Oil and Gas, and IBD Constructions.

“For those who care to know, when the business was constitutional, I have diversified my proceeds from importation of automobiles and rice wisely.

“When President Muhammad Buhari through the CGC Ali (Rtd) says “stop importation of rice through the land borders, which was followed with the ban of vehicles a year after,” I have no reason to object, in the first place, as I said earlier, I have other profitable businesses that are doing well. More importantly, I have no other country than Nigeria. As a law abiding citizen, I must contribute my quota to make it work. And Nigeria will surely become great again!

“As for those ignorant, because I don’t see them as blackmailer; there’s no way they can blackmail me, are they not those lazy individuals who think they can make it through short cut!

Its ignorance that makes them assume that I am into smuggling.

“Seriously, fake news or outright lies have become one of the most debilitating force against the progress of this country, and with the way things are going, I may consider a strategic way to come in, so that, to an extent, together, we can reduce the effects of fake news in our society”, Chief Ibrahim Dende Egungbohun stated.

Despite his considerable influence and resources, Ibrahim Dende remains grounded in humility and maintains an unwavering commitment to philanthropy. His generosity knows no bounds, and he extends a helping hand to all, regardless of background or faith. For Dende, humanity comes first, and his love for community development is unparalleled. He embodies the belief that charity begins at home and sets an inspiring example of grace and humility in action.

In summary, Alhaji Ibrahim Dende stands as a shining example of hard work, generosity, and dedication to Ogun state and his Yewa community . His impact on Ogun state is immeasurable, and his legacy as a philanthropic leader continues to inspire hope and positivity in the hearts of many.

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