Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has mourned the late industrialist and educationist, Chief Emmanuel Adesoye, who died last Saturday. He was 79.
Governor Ahmed, in a condolence message by his Chief Press Secretary, Abdulwahab Oba, said the state lost an industrialist, philanthropist and administrator plenipotentiary.
The statement reads: “The late Adesoye contributed immensely to the industrial development of the state and Nigeria. As the first northern Nigerian student to qualify as a Quantity Surveyor, and the second Nigerian to attain that height, Chief Adesoye would be missed for his boldness, intelligence and charisma, which endeared him, not only to the people of Offa, but to everyone that crossed his path.
“May his soul, and those before him, find rest and may God grant his families and friends the fortitude to bear the loss.”
Senate President Bukola Saraki has also expressed grief.
Saraki, in a statement by his media aide, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said: “Chief Adesoye was one leader, whose lifestyle of simplicity, compassion and hard work will remain unmatched. Adesoye College, which he established, is a living testimony of his passion to free humanity from the clutches of ignorance.
“Besides, through his confectionery industry, the popular Okin Biscuits, he fed the hungry and ensured that thousands of Nigerians were employed, either as direct workers in the company, wholesalers or retailers of his product. His visionary leadership and initiative in lifting humanity are worthy of emulation.”
Saraki prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest and his loved ones the grace to bear the loss.
Adesoye, the Asiwaju of Offa died in the early hours of yesterday at his Offa home. He was said to have been managing an undisclosed ailment for some time.
The deceased was the manufacturer of Okin Biscuit and Okin Foam. He also acquired Kwara Breweries in Ijagbo from the state.
Adesoye was proprietor of Adesoye College, Offa, a pioneer international secondary school in Nigeria.