The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has commiserated with the family of the late Dr Femi Tolani, a former member of the Ekiti State Executive Council who passed on in Edmonton, Canada on Friday, February 17, after a brief illness.Tolani, aged 48 years, served as Special Adviser on Public Private Partnership (PPP), in Dr Fayemi’s administration in Ekiti State between 2011 and 2013. He hailed from Osun Ekiti, in Moba Local Government Area.
Fayemi, in a condolence message signed by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr Yink,a Oyebode, said Tolani’s death at such a young age was not only saddening but shocking and devastating.
The Minister described the late Tolani as a very brilliant man, a thorough -bred professional, who through the dint of hard work and dedication, worked his way to the pinnacle of his professional and academic callings, with outstanding credentials.
Recalling his working relationship with the deceased, Dr Fayemi said he invited the late Tolani to join his administration after he was introduced to him by a distinguished Nigerian.
“I didn’t know Femi until he was introduced to me by a distinguished Nigerian who met him at Harvard University. I was bowled over by his CV and I immediately asked him to come and work for his state.
“Tolani was not only brilliant and well groomed, he radiated confidence in a self-effacing manner and brought that unique touch of prodigious intellect to every assignment he was given.
Fayemi credited the late Tolani for the design of the Ekiti State Public Private Partnership (PPP) Law passed by the state House of Assembly.
“We have lost another brilliant Ekiti son, who had a passion for the development of Ekiti.”, said Fayemi, adding that the late Tolani continued to demonstrate his passion for the development of the state even after he had left the administration.
“Femi Tolani was amiable, thorough, thoughtful, humble, highly disciplined and focused. He was a honourable man and a gentleman par excellence.
“We are indeed sad, very sad. But we can’t question God, who is all- knowing. We are , however, consoled by the fact he lived a honourable life, made a mark and left an excellent imprint. Our prayer is that God will comfort his family and grant them the fortitude to bear this loss.” the Minister added.
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