The Oyo State Government on Friday honoured the late Commissioner for the Environment and Natural Resources, Hon. Kehinde Ayoola, by flying its flag at half-mast.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the Secretary to the State Government, Olubamiwo Adeosun, gave the directive on behalf of the governor.
The statement further indicated that all state activities were at low-key as a mark of honour to the departed Commissioner.
Ayoola was sworn-in as Commissioner on August 14, 2019 and was thereafter deployed to the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources, where he led the charge for the implementation of the new environment architecture and green initiative.
The Ministry had only recently kickstarted the reconstruction of key dumpsites in the state to pave the way for weigh bridges and the Waste-to-Wealth initiative, which was initially scheduled for inauguration as part of the government’s first anniversary.
Also on Friday, a delegation of the state government, led by the Deputy Governor, Engr. Rauf Olaniyan, paid a condolence visit to the family of the deceased Commissioner.
The delegation was received by the deceased’s wife, Prof. Olukemi Ayoola.
The statement indicated that the deputy governor described the demise of Ayoola as “unexpected and a great loss of an active player in the Governor Makinde-led administration in Oyo State”.
He added that “the late Ayoola was never a dormant member of the State Executive but a resourceful and active contributor during state executive meetings”.
Olaniyan also lamented that Ayoola died when Governor Makinde and his team were trying to reshape and reset Oyo State from where they met it.
According to him, the late Commissioner “came, saw and conquered by playing his own role in reshaping the state”.
He asked the wife, children and entire family to accept the heartfelt sympathy of the state cabinet and the people of Oyo State.
A son of the deceased, Beel’Oluwawi, who responded on behalf of the family, thanked the government delegation for the visit.
Those on the delegation included Adeosun; Head of Service, Amidat Agboola; Director-General of Due Process Office, Tara Adefope; and Commissioner for Education, Olasunkanmi Olaleye.
The late Ayoola was born at Apaara Quarters, Oyo town in January 1965 and attended St. Michael’s Primary School, Oke Ebo, Oyo; Olivet Baptist High School, Oyo; and University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State.
He served as the Speaker of the 4th Session of the Oyo State House of Assembly during the administration of Alhaji Lam Adesina administration.