Former Commissioner for Economic Planning & Budget, Lagos State, Nigeria, Pastor Ben is currently the Director General of the Budget Office for the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
A distinguished banker, accountant, economist and administrator, he holds a first class B.Sc degree in Accounting from the University of Lagos and an Advanced Management Programme Certificate from the Lagos Business School. A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA) and a Fellow of the Institute of Credit Administrators (FICA), he had over 23 years experience in Accounting, Consulting and Banking, rising to the position of Managing Director/Chief Executive of NAL Bank Plc (2000-2005), and Executive Director – Sterling Bank Plc from January to August 2006 before going into the public sector. He served as Lagos State Commissioner for Economic Planning & Budget from January 2007 till May 2015, having first been appointed by Governor Tinubu and then re-appointed for two terms now by Governor Fashola.Pastor Ben is currently the Chief Executive Officer of BIA Consulting Ltd, a Financial and Strategic Management Consulting firm, with a strong focus on public financial management (PFM).
Pastor Ben Akabueze is very passionate about societal transformation and actively participates in programmes designed to bring the desired change in his country. In this respect, he serves on the Boards of the Apostles in the Marketplace, Society for National Transformation, Africa Missions Global, etc. Pastor Ben has also served on the Boards of several private sector companies. Additionally, he is the Pastor-in-charge of Lagos Province 39 of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, with headquarters at The King’s Court parish in Victoria Island , Lagos whose congregation consists mainly of professionals and business people. Pastor Ben is the recipient of several academic, professional and community service awards. He is a member of Metropolitan Club and Ikoyi Club, among others, and loves to play squash and to swim. Pastor Ben is married to Ngozi and blessed with children.
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe.
Place Of Heaven
What is today known as The King’s Court of the Redeemed Christian Church of God was birthed when Pastor Idowu Iluyomade, Pastor Jide Koku and Pastor Spencer Onosode, then ushers and workers in the technical department of RCCG – Freedom Hall, were sent out with their wives to plant a parish in Victoria Island, Lagos. RCCG Freedom Hall was one of the “Model Parishes” birthed out of the General Overseer’s vision of reaching out to the educated and elite members of the society with the gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The “Model Parishes” were driven by a spirit of excellence in every sphere of life.
RCCG – The King’s Court started out on the 22nd of October, 1995 at the Lagoon Restaurant – Ozumba Mbadiwe Way, Victoria Island. The first service entitled “Jesus the Hope of Nations” was a breakfast service and recorded an attendance of 745. This number dropped sharply to 15 by the next Sunday. The church however soon continued to grow but at the end of the first year, it received a rude shock when it was given two weeks by the management of the Lagoon Restaurant to vacate. It was a trying period for the church as we literally “wandered in the wilderness” worshipping in car parks, uncompleted buildings and people homes. The Lord finally led us to a location on Plot 1387 Olosa Street, Victoria Island where the Lord blessed and increased us on every side from where we finally moved to our permanent site in the heart of the business district of Victoria Island, a befitting edifice for our God The Eternal King, The City Church situated at 3, Keystone Bank Crescent, Near Nigerian Law School, right beside Keystone Bank Headquarters off Adeyemo Alakija Street in Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.
The future is very bright and we are destined for exceeding greatness in all spheres of life.
The King’s Court is a family church where the full and undiluted Word of God is preached; where strong family values are upheld; where the love of God is expressed in word and deed; where brethren receive encouragement and support to fulfill their destinies in Christ; where work and faith are integrated and where people with the Spirit of excellence and integrity are developed.