By Eric TeniolaI LOST a pal Oluwasegun Kokumo Agagu (1948-2013), 5 years earlier. To honour his memory, I attended his 5th memorial lecture at the Civic Centre, Ozumba Mbadiwe, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Thursday, September13 The lecture was arranged by members of the board of Trustees of Segun Agagu Structure comprised of Dr. Deji Adeleke (Chairman), Chief Pius Oluwole Akinyelure, Marie Ekpere, Prince Yemi Adefulu, MFR, Mr. Kayode Fawole, Alhaji Kashim Imam, Ms. Solape Adefala, Dr. Olumuyiwa Aliu, Mr. Akin Aruwajoye, Mr. Kayode Falowo, Mr. Femi Agagu and Mr. Feyi Agagu-the initially and just boy of Dr. Segun Agagu.
Dr Olusegun Kokumo Agagu.
Part of the goals of the structure is, to eternalize the name and tradition of the late Dr. Olusegun Agagu, to measure up to and look for to actualise his individual credo which was ‘to leave things much better than he satisfied them and to advance the suitables he lived by and worked passionately to, especially intellectual quality, great governance and nationwide advancement. Up until now over 2 hundred trainees have actually gotten scholarships from the structure. The trainees are those in Secondary schools and universities.
The trainees learnt geology, Petroleum Engineering, Energy, Air Travel and Culture. A few of them consist of, Ogunkoya Oluwadamilare Akinwale, Okorafor Chioma, Sobulo Temitope Hannah, Amodu Idera Omowunmi, Oladele Oluwafemi Olawale, Ajilore Oluwatoyin Hannah, Fafiloye Michael Oluwaseyi, Alo Olawale Olufemi, Ogunsakin Oluwakunle, Adeniyi Olwatimilehin, Fasuyi Favour, Olosho Ayomide, Ogedengbe Aanuolowapo, Ajayi Folawe, Ayetiran Favour, Adesomoju Valuable, Akinniyi Ayomide, Ogunboye Grace, Omofioye Delight, Titiloye Goodluck, Samuel Itunuayo, Leyi John, Ayantuga Busola, Omoyele Omolola, Olayiwola Favour and Oladipo Oyedamola.
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Throughout the lecture, the 2nd flooring of the Civic Centre was loaded complete and the widow of Dr. Agagu, Funke (70), made certain she shook hands with the majority of individuals present with smiles. The 3rd military guv of Western state, Admiral (rtd.) Akintunde Akinyooye Aduwo from Ode-Aye in Ondo state and the political godson of Dr. Agagu, today deputy guv of Ondo state, Chief Agboola Alfred Ajayi (50) from Kiribo in Ese-Odo city government in Ondo state existed. Chief Segun Ojo alias the basic, Soji Alakuro, Chief Ola Oguntimehin, Chief Femi Somolu, Dr. Amos Akingba, Bisi Olatilo, Kenneth Odusola-Steveson, Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi, Funso Kupolokun, Alhaja Sinatu Ojikutu, Princess Oladunni Odu, Benson Obayelu, Deacon Martin Okunfolami, Prince Andrew Aroloye, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, Yemi Olowolabi, Tunji Alapinni, Tunde Badejo, Kashim Imam, Justice Babs Kuewunmi, Teacher Akinbo Adesomoju were amongst those present.
Others present at the lecture were Chike Agbakoba, Andreas Williams, Sanya Otuyalo, Bolaji Folawiyo, Femi Solebo, Yomi Awobokun, Kunle Adeniji, Folarin Familusi, Mr. & Mrs. Segun Oki, Osa Asemota, Chief Lolomari (Chairman Frontier Oil) and Mr. Yakubu Mustapha (MD NETCO).
The existence of Chief Folake Solanke included pomp and pageantry to the occasion. Chief Mrs. Solanke, SAN, CON, is a Nigerian attorney, administrator and social critic. She is the very first female Senior Supporter of Nigeria and the very first Nigerian female attorney to use the silk dress as Senior Counsel. The speaker was the previous President of Malawi, Mrs. Joyce Banda, a business owner, activist, political leader and benefactor. President Banda is credited with reversing an ailing economy, which was on the brink of collapse in April2012 She set up a variety of financial reforms, which resulted in considerable financial growth; Malawi’s financial development rate increased from 1.8% in 2012 to over 6.2% in2014 The Emir of Kano, His Royal Highness, Lamido Sanusi Lamido II, led the Kano delegation to the lecture. Teacher Sheila Tluo, previous UNAID Director likewise pertained to the lecture. Much of Tlou’s work concentrates on gender problems and HIV/AIDS in southern Africa. Allowing females, especially wives, in a patriarchal society to work out with their partner for safe sex has significant effects for HIV transmission.
As I sat at the place of the lecture, I assessed my relationship with Dr. Agagu. I was presented to him in 1966 by my buddy and schoolmate, Prince Thomas Adewale Olateru-Olagbegi in Ibadan. While Dr. Agagu was then in Ibadan Grade school, he represented Ibadan province in tennis, Prince Olateru-Olagbegi and I represented Ondo province. The relationship got much deeper when I familiarized that he was from Ikale in the Okitipupa department of Ondo province. Then, Ondo province was comprised of Owo, Ekiti, Ondo and Okitipupa departments. Thankfully, among the departments, Ekiti department, is now a state, thanks to General Sanni Abacha. The other 3 departments now make up Ondo state. When I pertained to Ibadan in 1971, we restored our relationship. It was throughout this duration I typically saw him with Dr. Olu Agunloye and Teacher Babatunde Osotimehin. While acting as press secretary to the military guv in Ondo state in 1988, Dr. Agagu was made a Director in Oluwa Glass Business. When I will leave as Press secretary in 1990, Dr. Agagu was being available in as deputy guv of Ondo state under Guv Bamidele Olumilua. While acting as deputy guv, he discovered an ad in among the papers requiring participation in a workshop at African management online forum in Ota, Ogun state. He got consent from his manager, Guv Olumilua to participate in the workshop, which was the very first time he satisfied General Olusegun Obasanjo. That was the start of his relationship with General Obasanjo. The relationship encompassed when Obasanjo was apprehended by General Sanni Abacha and Dr. Segun Agagu together with a retired jail authorities, Steven Ibi Akiga (1954-2015) utilized to check out General Obasanjo both in Jos and Yola jails. Upon his release from jail in 1998, Dr. Agagu had actually ended up being really near General Obasanjo and by the time General Obasanjo revealed interest in politics later on, Dr. Agagu had actually turned into one of his advisors. When General Obasanjo objected to for the PDP governmental election at Jos Area on February 15 1999, Dr, Segun Agagu was among his returning officers. In the election, General Obasanjo scored 1,658 votes while Dr. Alex Ekwueme scored 521 votes, Chief Don Etiedbett-106, Chief Graham Douglas-71, Chief Jim Nwobodo-59, Chief Phillip Asiodu-12 and Senator Francis Ellah likewise scored 12 votes. After being sworn in on Might 29 1999, President Obasanjo later on selected Dr. Agagu as Minister of Air travel.
At the Federal Executive Council at the vacation home, we utilized to fulfill and talk. In Might 2000, he was selected Minister of Power and Steel. His workplace at the Federal Secretariat was on the Third flooring while mine was on the 11 th flooring. Throughout our various conferences, he notified me that he would object to for the Governorship of Ondo state. He did and he won by beating the incumbent, Chief Adebayo Adefarati. He functioned as the guv of Ondo state in between Might 2003 and February 23,2009 He left the workplace following the judgment of the Federal Court of Appeal that beinged in Benin. In Between 2009 and 2013, we were really close and the relationship ended up being better with the aid of his more youthful sibling, Femi Agagu, who is now the Commissioner for Education in Ondo state. I have actually invested numerous weekends at Iju-Odo, his home town and with his stylish partner, Funke hosting us.
A couple of days prior to he took a trip to America in September 2013, I saw him at Ikoyi and he assured to call me on arrival from his trip. At 7.07 pm on September 13, Femi Agagu called me and I presumed that he was to notify me of his sibling’s arrival from United States of America, I was stunned to hear that his sibling showed up that day however was dead. I was so deeply stunned and terribly shaken. My shock fades in contrast with that of his widow Funke, who saw her other half, daddy of her kids, fan, friend and sweet heart eliminating just to be informed an hour later on that he was dead. The shock suffices to paralyse any human. However Funke coped and she has ever since. It was good to see her and a great deal of Agagu’s buddies on that day.
For those who understood Segun Agagu effectively, they absolutely would have missed him in these previous 5 years. I do. Excellent fella