Saturday, 22 April 2017

A True Hero Is Gone: DG of DAWN, Dipo Famakinwa Dies

Dipo Famakinwa, Director General o the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) is dead!
He died in the early hours of Friday after a brief illness
He was initially billed to be flown abroad Friday night for further treatment, however he gave up the ghost in the morning.
Late Dipo Famakinwa posted this on his Facebook wall on 9th March, 2017. This was probably his last post on Facebook!
“The year started for my colleagues and I on a high. Everything was running at a frenzy. Then close people started telling me that I was working too hard and needed to slow down. In my opinion, it’s early in the year and not a good time for vacation.
I kept running at high steam, and then the conspiracy started. My wife managed to recruit my friend, who is also a colleague, and my Executive Assistant into the plot. Even my daughter!
They started making arrangements to send me away, without my knowledge. When my wife finally told me, I resisted. She put me under a lot of pressure, but I refused. My colleagues also did the same, I ignored them.
Then my wife reported the matter to my dad. My dad called me, and in his usual manner, calmly persuaded me to yield to the pressure. I honestly didn’t have too much choice after the discussion with him. I relented. And everyone was happy.
Earlier today, I had to do the trip. Now I’m all by myself, ensconced in one bush, also called a resort, and the design is that I’d be here, just eating, sleeping and looking into the sky. For the first time in a long time, I watched a football match without any distractions at all, and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
The truth is we all really do need these occasional get-aways.
May we all live long enough to enjoy the fruits of our labour”.
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, his counterpart in Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, and the Afenifere Renewal Group, have all described the death of the Director-General of the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria Commission, Mr. Dipo Famakinwa, as shocking, sudden and sad.
Amosun, while reacting to the news of Famakinwa’s death on Friday morning, said, “It is a great loss to the South-West geo-political zone and indeed the entire nation.
“His death is a blow to the regional integration efforts of the states of Western Nigeria where he had effectively created a template for regional competitiveness and optimisation.”
Ajimobi on his part, in a statement by his Special Adviser, Communication and Strategy, Mr. Yomi Layinka, described Famakinwa’s demise as a loss too much to bear.
Describing the deceased as a fine gentleman committed to the integration of the South-West and adoption of a regional common agenda, the governor, according to the statement, said that his death had left a gaping hole that would be difficult to fill.
Ajimobi said, “Death has again cut short the life of one of our shining stars. This is an energetic young man that was always prepared to sacrifice his time, expertise and resources to ensure the integration of the South-West. He was a rallying point for all the stakeholders in the South-West development agenda.”
Also, the Afenifere Renewal Group, in a statement jointly signed by its chairman, Mr. Olawale Oshun, and Secretary, Ayo Afolabi, paid tribute to the deceased, describing him as a selfless person, who put the development of the region at the core of his heart.
“The DAWN Agenda may have remained a document on the shelves like many of such in Nigeria but Famakinwa, following the adoption of the Commission by the South-West governors, worked hard to give life to it and nurtured the seed to a blossoming tree that is now the model as far as regional integration in Nigeria is concerned,” the statement said.

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