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Dipo Famakinwa’s death a huge loss – ARG

……Aregbesola, Ajimobi mourn late DAWN Commission boss

……He recalled before death how family, friends forced him to take vacation

The Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) has expressed shock over the death of pioneer Director-General of the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria, (DAWN) Commission, Dipo Famakinwa.

The ARG which midwifed the DAWN Commission described Famakinwa’s  death as a huge loss to the group, the southwest region, and Yoruba people. Until his death, Famakinwa was a key member of the group.

In a  statement jointly signed by ARG Chairman – Hon. Olawale Oshun and Secretary – Chief Ayo Afolabi, the group said: “The DAWN Agenda may have remained a document on the shelves, like many of such in Nigeria but Famakinwa, following the adoption of the Commission by the Southwest Governors, worked hard to give life to it and nurtured the seed to a blossoming tree that is now the model and go-to place as far as regional integration in Nigeria is concerned.”

“The renewed fervour by Southwest States regarding regional integration and cooperation, which has led to smooth cooperation among Southwest Governors, is largely due to the work put in by the DAWN Commission under Famakinwa’s leadership.

 “We take solace in the fact that he has written his name in the golden pages of our history. We in ARG and millions of other Yoruba people across the world will not forget his contributions to the development of our people.”

The deceased in a post on his Facebook Page last month, shared how his family members and friends had forced him to take a vacation because they felt he was working too hard: “The year started for my colleagues and I on a high note. Everything was running at a frenzy. Then close people started telling me that I was working too hard and needed to slow down. In my opinion, it’s early in the year and not a good time for vacation.

“I kept running at high steam, and then the conspiracy started. My wife managed to recruit my friend, who is also a colleague, and my Executive Assistant into the plot. Even my daughter!

“They started making arrangements to send me away, without my knowledge. When my wife finally told me, I resisted. She put me under a lot of pressure, but I refused. My colleagues also did the same, I ignored them.”

Osun State governor, Rauf Aregbesola and his Oyo Senator Abiola Ajimobi have also expressed shock over his death.

In a statement by the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy in the Office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, Aregbesola said: “We are left speechless with this sudden loss. Famakinwa has been very dogged in the pursuit of that assignment given to him. He was committed wholeheartedly to the progress of the Yoruba. Through the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria, we have moved to accelerate regional revolutionary growth to rediscover our strength as a people of common heritage through agriculture, culture, education, and even sports development.”

In a  statement by his Special Adviser, Communication and Strategy to the governor, Mr.Yomi Layinka, Ajimobi described the deceased as a fine gentleman committed to the integration of the Southwest and adoption of a regional common agenda, the governor said that his death had left a gaping hole that would be difficult to fill.

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