By Kingsley Okoye
The Senate held a minute of silence on Wednesday in honor of Senator Bode Olowoporoku, who died on March 24 from a brief illness at the age of 76.
Citing Rule 43 of the Standing Senate Rules, Olujimi noted that the late Olowoporoku, born in llawe-Ekiti, Ekiti State in 1945, served Nigeria in many capacities.
She went further: “He was a broad-based scholar-politician who was part of the intelligentsia conclave that gave the Nigeria Unity Party, the UPN, its ideological foundation and political leadership.
“Olowoporoku was exceptionally commissioner of economic planning and statistics in Ondo State in 1979 and oversaw the establishment of most of the industries and commercial investments for which the Ajasin administration was renowned.
Aware that he was absorbed by the idea of emancipation and development of Ekiti, and therefore had to separate painfully from the UPN in 1981 because of what he and other compatriots of Ekiti who served in Chief Adekunle Ajasin’s government as governor of Ondo State saw the Ekiti as injustice and marginalization at the time.
“Also aware that he later rallied politically to the Nigerian National Party, NPN, and was appointed Federal Minister of Science and Technology under the Shagari regime before the military took power in 1983.
“Notes that he was at the forefront of the turmoil for the creation of Ekiti, providing significant funding and also playing a leading role in working with the Ekiti Obas Board and the Committee for the creation of Ekiti, and used his strong network through his friends Olusola Saraki and Adamu Ciroma to meet the late Abacha for the creation of the State of Ekiti.
“Aware that he was a senator representing the senatorial district of Ekiti South between 2003 and 2007. Due to his love for Ekiti and its inhabitants, he offered to become governor of Ekiti three times, but as fate wanted well say it, he was not elected.
“Note that he was a nationalist, a proud statesman and a senior philanthropist of Ekiti. He will be sorely missed for his irreplaceable role as a caring father. (NOPE)
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