Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Wednesday paid a condolence visit to the Ikere-Ekiti residence of former Deputy Governor, Prof. Kolapo Eleka to commiserate with the family on the death their late father, Pa Olusola Eleka; who passed on Monday.
Fayemi, who was warmly received by Prof. Eleka, siblings, wife and other family members, said the late Eleka was a typical Ekiti man who raised his children with the right education and discipline.
The governor in the condolence register, described the late Eleka as a respected community leader and politician who lived an exemplary and impactful life that typified Ekiti values, adding that many of the deceased children have contributed and still contributing to the development of the state.
He said, “We thank the Lord for a life of service and sacrifice by our father who passed away on 11th of July, 2022. He lived a life of impact and exemplified Ekiti values in all its ramifications, producing exemplar children who have also actively contributed to the development and growth of Ekiti State. May Papa’s soul rest in perfect peace. Amen.”
Fayemi, during the visit also commended Eleka, a professor of Building Technology, for his service to the state as a former deputy Governor, and for recently offering to provide free lecturing services to Students of the Department of Building Technology at the state owned Bamidele Olumilua University of Education, Science and Technology, Ikere- Ekiti.
“It is a time to celebrate as much as we want to be unhappy, none of us wants to see the departure of our loved ones not at least someone who had lived a life of impact and a life of service to the community and had reared so many excellent breed in the course of his sojourn on this mortal earth.
“As my brother was describing what each and every member of the family does, it is clear that papa must have been a typical Ekiti disciplinarian father who insisted at all times (the way my own late father used to do) that your name is more important than anything to you.
“Mama I won’t say you won’t feel it but you will take it because you can’t query God. Baba has done well, he lived a life that was exemplary, a life that was clearly productive both in pro-creational term and also in the service to the community”, he counselled the widow, madam Eunice Eleka.
Earlier, Prof Eleka, in his welcome remarks, thanked Governor Fayemi for honouring the family with the visit after he had earlier called to commiserate with him over his father’s death.
He described Dr Fayemi as a strategist and a leader who doesn’t make noise about his development strides and achievements, adding that he has taken out time to study and identify the Governor’s many virtues.
In a related development, the Governor also paid a condolence visit to the widow and family members of the late Chairman, Ekiti State Teaching Service Commission, Chief Babatunde Abegunde in Ado- Ekiti.