Olowoporoku, ex-minister, ex Ekiti senator dies at 76

A former member of the upper legislative chambers, the Senator Bode Olowoporoku has died at the age of 76 in his native Ilawe-Ekiti hometown.

The news of his demise was broken by one of his sons, Mr. Ayodeji Olowoporoku in a statement made available to newsmen on Thursday.

According to him, the former federal lawmaker died peacefully on Wednesday after a brief illness.

An alumnus of the University of Ife now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife he began his career as a lecturer at the university from where he joined politics as a member of the now defunct Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

“He served exceptionally as Commissioner for Economic Planning and Statistics in Ondo State in 1979 and supervised the creation of most of the industries and commercial investment that the Ajasin administration was reputed for.” The statement reads.

He soon defected to the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) and was subsequently appointed a Federal Minister in charge of Science and Technology under the Shagari regime before the military took over government in 1983.

He was at the forefront in the agitation for the creation of Ekiti State, providing extensive funding, and also playing a prominent role working with the Council of Ekiti Obas and the committee for the creation of Ekiti State, and utilized his robust network through his close friends Olusola Saraki and Adamu Ciroma to meet the Late Abacha for the creation of Ekiti State.

The deceased served as Senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial District between 2003-2007 and lost in his efforts to become the Governor of Ekiti State on three occasions.

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