The governor of Ondo State, His Excellency Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has eulogised a deceased member of The Adeyemi College of Education, (ACE), Ondo, Chief Benjamin Olukoya Adako describing him as a reliable, dependable and God fearing personality.
The Ondo helmsman spoke through his deputy, Barr. Agboola Ajayi, made the statement at the funeral ceremony of the late Chief Adako at the Apostolic Church Nigeria, Adako Assembly located at his country home, Iyere Owo, Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State on Friday December 15, 2017.
Describing the deceased as a front line politician and one of the pillars of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ondo State and Owo Local Government in particular, Governor Akeredolu said his (late Chief Olukoya Adako's) legacy and footprints, would remain indelible in the minds of people for a very long time.
He commiserated with the family of the deceased and urged them not to despair but take solace in the fact that the late community leader and politician lived a fulfilled life.
Chief Adako a seasoned politician and entrepreneur was appointed a member of the College Governing Council by the Federal Government 25th May, 2017 and has contributed immensely to the development and progress of the College.
In attendance at the burial was the Provost of the College, Prof. Olukoya Joseph Ogen; his Deputy, Dr. Samuel Akintunde; two members of the College Governing Council, Alhaji Hon. Abdullahi M. Lamba Yelwa and Dr. Folorunso Balogun; College Bursar, Mr. Ganiyu Abdul as well as the Chairman College of Education Academic Staff Union. (ACE) chapter, Dr. Tope Ozeigbe.
Chief Adako was born 67 years ago in Iyere Owo and had his elementary and post primary education in Owo after which he latter proceeded to London for higher studies. He came back to the country after successfullycompleting his studies and joined the Nigeria Custom Service where he served meritoriously and voluntarily retired to start his own firm in the year 2001.
In a sermon delivered on the occasion by one of the officiating ministers from the Apostolic Church Nigeria, Pastor Nathaniel Adesugba Owatemi, he stressed the need for people to always remember that "death is a price that would be paid by all human beings” irrespective of status in the society.
Speaking on a topic he titled: " DEATH, A SERVANT THAT NEVER MAKE MISTAKE", the clergyman said although a lot of people sometimes have misconception about the role being played by death, especially when it strikes at the time it was not expected, Pastor Owatemi said such views is being held because people fail to realised that it (death) " is a messenger carrying out the assignment given to it by God".
While underscoring the inevitability of death, Pastor Owatemi, who quoted several passages from the Bible including the book of Nehemiah 2 V 6 and Daniel 12 V 2 to buttress his points, stated that it is a fact that should be realized that everyone " has appointed time that they would go back to heaven" adding that the reason why some people blame death whenever it strikes is " because they fail to realise that they chose a date , when they would return to their creator,when coming to this world".
He said: "Everyone knows their date of birth, but nobody knows when death would come,this is because God is the one calculating our days on earth. When it reached the appointed time for us to come back, God would not come personally to take us but would send death to bring us back home ".
While stressing the need for people to live righteously by dedicating the totality of their lives to God and in service of humanity while on earth, the cleric said this was necessary because " judgment would come after death and it is only those found worthy in character by God that would be given the opportunity to go to heaven".
Earlier at a short service preceding the internment of the deceased, one of the officiating ministers from The Apostolic church who participated in the ceremony, described the late Chief Olukoya Adakomola as a philanthropist, lover of God's work and an active member of the church whose life should be emulated.
The ceremony featured rendition of special anthem in memory of the deceased by the church choir, was attended by important personalities from all walks of life.
The personalities include the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Barr. Agboola Ajayi who represented the Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu; Secretary to the Ondo State Government, Hon. Ifedayo Abegunde; Provost, Adeyemi College of Education (ACE) Ondo, Prof. Olukoya Joseph Ogen; his Deputy, Dr. Samuel Akintunde; two members of the College Governing Council, Alhaji Hon. Abdullahi M. LambaYelwa and Dr.Folorunso Balogun; College Bursar, Mr.Ganiyu Abdul as well as the Chairman College of Education Academic Staff Union. (ACE) chapter, Dr. Tope Ozeigbe.
Also present were representatives of traditional institutions, members of Ondo State Executive Council, political associates, families and friends of the deceased among others.