Ondo govt mourns as former Permanent Secretary dies

By Friday Omosola

Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has sympathized with the family of the late former secretary of state, Dr Jacob Laoye Adegoke, MFR.

Governor Akeredolu in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde, said the death of the former Chairman, Governing Council of the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, amounted to further depletion of the generation of retired public servants whose commitment to service is matched with unblemished records

Akeredolu said the exploits of the demise of Dr Adegoke in the public service of the state stood him out as a respected bureaucrat.

He said RUGIPO under his leadership experienced a huge leap in development and his salutary efforts were complemented with unbridled courage and resilience in retooling the institution for optimum performance.

“The death of any human stirs the veins. But the pains associated with the passage of such a great mind with immeasurable wisdom to behold can be devastating. The late Adegoke exuded an alluring oratory quality that was spellbound.

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“His exploits in the public service of Ondo State stood him out as a respected bureaucrat. His passion for the state was evident in the quality of service he rendered as he climbed the ladder in the civil service and retired as a Permanent Secretary.

“His calmness even in the face of daunting challenges earned him the appellation of “Aiyeole”. His approach to life was easy and steady. Adegoke’s passion for developing young minds in the civil service earned him huge followers. He was a worthy mentor to many.

“His dedication to the work of God was inspiring. He was a Christian who served God and was committed to working in God’s vineyard.

“He was a combination of positively endearing qualities. His brilliance was thrilling, just as his community service was commendable.

“He was an asset to this state and the country at large. No wonder he was conferred with the National Award of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR). He will be sorely missed,” the statement said.

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