By Femi Salako
A mind that is not fully prepared cannot make the best use of opportunity so says Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. It is also a trite that only those that are given to hard work can appreciate the outputs of hard work. This maxim is aptly connected to the hardworking disposition and preparedness of Adelegbe Olawatimilehin Emmanuel for future and imminent higher responsibilities. He was born at Okeluse in Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State on 5th day of March, 1962. Timilehin obtained his Senior Secondary School Certificate in 1984 and proceeded to Ondo State University, Ado-Ekiti, where he obtained Bachelor of Science, Economics in 1988 with a Second Class Upper division. He had moved a step higher to Edo State University, where he obtained Master in Business Administration in year 2000.
Adelegbe began his working career at the Maiduguri branch of Central Bank of Nigeria from 1988 to 1989. He afterwards moved over to Sevan Construction Company Limited where he was saddled with the responsibilities of Public Relations Officer and Accountant of the company from 1989 to 1995.
Timilehin later took up the responsibility of a Credit Officer with Corporate Guarantee Trust, a financial outfit between 1996 and 1997. He became the Credit cum Finance Manager of the financial institution from 1997 to 1999. He was however poached by the defunct Standard Trust Bank, where he worked as the Investment/Credit Analyst from year 2000 to 2003. Adelegbe was promoted severally and given quite a number of commendations at the bank before moving over to Pacific Bank Limited. He held the responsibility of a branch manager at Unity Bank PLC that later acquired Pacific Bank during the recapitalization exercise of banks in Nigeria. He was voted the best staff of the bank in 2006. Timileyin was subsequently saddled with the responsibility of Head of States and Local Government accounts. This oversight function covered the whole of Southern part of Nigeria which comprises of seventeen (17) states. He rose to the positions of Regional Manager, Senior Manager and Assistant General Manager of Ibadan region of the bank.
Adelegbe has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Carlbridge Solutions Limited from year 2008 till date. The company is deeply into debt recovery and credit restructuring with mandates from institutions such as Pencom, FMBN, Union Bank, AIICO, Keystone Bank, Mainstreet Bank and Abuja Leasing company. Carlbridge Solutions is currently working with Eartholeum Nigeria Limited, a Central Bank of Nigeria approved company on the cashless policy of the federal government.
Timileyin is also the Chairman of Royal Parklane Hotel and Suites located in Akure. This is a 60 Room Five Star hotel at the center of Ijapo estate, Akure.
Adelegbe has attended quite a number of local and international trainings amongst which are: Professional Selling Skills in year 2000, Strategic Re-Engineering Retreat in year 2004, Reforming the Nation’s Economy Through Professional Approach in 2004 and Euro Money Credit Training in year 2007. Other local trainings attended by Timilehin include Leadership Training at the Lagos Business School in 2006, Secured Credit and Business Insolvency in Nigeria in 2011, Effective Debt Collection and Insolvency Law and Economic Development in Emerging Economies. The international trainings attended by Adelegbe were Euromoney Advance Credit Training, London in 2009 and Banks Computer Software Training , Jordan in 2008.
Timilehin Adelegbe belongs to some leading professional organizations which include Certified Institute of Nigeria Economists, Associate member Business and Insolvency practitioners Association of Nigeria, Auctioneer License agents and fellow Institute of Debt Recovery Practitioners of Nigeria.
Adelegbe is a member of defunct Action Congress of Nigeria and a member of the All Progressive Congress. He was appointed the member of Field Office Operations Directorate, Buhari Campaign organization in Abuja. He had also been appointed a member of the strategic and planning Committee, Buhari Campaign organization, Ondo State Chapter. He had contested the House of Representatives seat for Ose/Owo federal constituency.
Timilehin is the Asiwaju of Okeluse. He was given this title in appreciation of his community development strides. The community development projects so far embarked upon by Adelegbe include but not limited to the renovation of Okeluse Town Hall, construction of a police station and the establishment of a computer training center at Okeluse.
Timilehin is a devout Christian who is happily married with children. He loves to swim and read during his leisure time.
Adelegbe Timilehin is a very loyal and most reliable party man. He is always prepared to go the extra mile for the sake of his party. He has indeed learnt the curves of responsible leadership and has thoroughly acquaint himself with the dictates of higher responsibilities.