Otunba Gbenga Daniel, the former governor of Ogun State and Chairman, Kresta Laurel Limited, has been elected President of the Nigerian-Finnish Business Council.
Daniel was elected to succeed late Ambassador Segun Olusola who passed on in 2012 after a brief illness.
The Nigerian-Finnish Business Council was established to foster business relationship between Nigerian companies and their counterparts in Finland with the goal of encouraging trade and investment.
Daniel’s Kresta Laurel firm has been acknowledged as one of the most successful business concerns with technical back up from Finland and Germany.
Daniel is a seasoned engineer and a fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers.
Before founding Kresta Laurel, Daniel in 1983 joined Schroeder (W.A.) Limited, Lagos, rising to deputy managing director.
He became the first African to hold that position in the history of the company.
He left Schroeder to start his own business. In 1990 he founded Kresta Laurel, an engineering firm specialising in elevators, overhead travelling cranes and hoists.
In April 2003, Daniel was elected governor of Ogun State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.
He was then reelected in 2007 and left office in 2011.
After his time as governor, Daniel went back to his company Krestal Laurel and has since continued funding youth development initiatives within Ogun State.
He founded The Political Academy; an Academy he has used to train thousands of youth teaching them about the history of the country and political process.
As a result, many youths in Ogun State have become highly politically aware and interested in politics.
He has been enjoying massive support from the youths of the state. Many of which are clamouring that his political trial be dropped.
In a recent development, some youths came together and formed a network of young historians of Nigeria to set the right records about important historical happenings in Nigeria.
The project was given the name Project Correct.
They have been clamouring for the right stories to be told about Gbenga Daniel claiming that he is a good political leader who deserves honour and not trial.