Governor Abiola Ajimobi of the western Nigerian state of Oyo has commiserated with the royal family of Ile-Ife and the entire civil service in Nigeria on the demise of Princess Tejumade Alakija.
Governor Ajimobi made this known in a release issued and signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Dr. Festus Adedayo.
PM NEWS gathered that the death of the princess and technocrat who died today at 88 at University College Hospital (UCH) was confirmed by her younger brother, Mr Adelowo Aderemi.
Ajimobi noted that Nigeria as a country had lost an icon and a matriarch who was one of those who moulded the Nigerian civil service, especially the Oyo State civil service, to the height it occupied.
Alakija was the first female Head of Service in the Old Oyo State and daughter of the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Adesoji Aderemi.
The governor said that the state which Mrs. Alakija served and its entire civil service would miss the woman whom he described as the matriarch of the civil service in Oyo State urging the royal family of Ile-Ife not to lament the death of their matriarch but be comforted by the indelible imprints she left on the sand of time.
The deceased who was born on May 17, 1925, in Ile-Ife, attended Aiyetoro Primary, Central Schools, Ile-Ife, between and Kudeti Girls’ School, Molete, Ibadan for her primary and post primary schools. She had B.A Honours (History) and Post Graduate Diploma in Education from Westfield College, University of London, and Oxford University, England respectively.
After her graduation, she returned to Nigeria and joined the Civil Service as a teacher in different schools which include: Queen’s School, Ede, Government Girls’ Secondary Grammar School, and Girls’ Secondary Grammar School Ijebu-Ode Diocese.
She also worked as Assistant Secretary, (Finance), the Ministry of Works and Ministry of Trade and Industries South West, Training Officer-in Charge South West Region’s Public Service Training Programme and committee member on Development of Training in the Western Region Civil Service and Technical Education.
She was Chief Investment Officer in the Ministry of Trade and Industries in charge of Industrial Promotions, Deputy Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Health,Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education.
Alakija later became the Head of Service in the old Oyo State, the post she held until her retirement.
Source: PM News
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