By Akinwande Soji-Ojo
The Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Nureni Adeniran has mourned the death of his former boss, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala.
Alao-Akala, who passed away on Wednesday in Ogbomoso at the age of 71, was a former governor of Oyo State between 2007 and 2011.
The SUBEB boss recalled with nostalgia how his relationship with former Alao-Akala started, during their heydays as Chairmen of local governments in the state.
“Chief Alao-Akala was a good brother, friend and leader to me. We both started as local government chairmen. He served as Chairman, Ogbomoso North, while I served as the Chairman, Ibadan South West,” he said.
Adeniran noted that Alao-Akala, was a good leader to him when he served in his administration between 2007 and 2011.
Adeniran said he served as a board member of LAUTECH Teaching Hospital; Commissioner for Industry and later a Commissioner for Education under Alao-Akala.
He added that the late Alao-Akala was an uncommon patriot who contributed immensely to the development of politics in Oyo State.
“He was a leader and an uncommon patriot who understood the political terrain in Oyo State. His knowledge of Oyo politics was profound and remarkable.
“Former Governor Alao-Akala’s death is indeed a personal loss to me,” Adeniran said.