By Abimbola Bamgbose
Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has described the death of a former Finance Minister, Dr. Onaolapo Soleye as a great loss to Ogun State and Nigeria at large.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Lekan Adeniran, Governor Abiodun said Dr Soleye’s invaluable contributions to the financial sector of Nigeria and his home state, Ogun, will forever remain evergreen and his demise would leave a vacuum that would be difficult to fill.
“He will be remembered as a statesman, a mentor, and a role model for future generations to come. His wisdom, integrity, and dedication to public service can never be overemphasized.”
Governor Abiodun, however, extended his deepest condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of the nonagenarian.
Dr Soneye was a former Minister of Finance between 1984 and 1985 during the military regime of General Muhammadu Buhari.
He served for twenty (20) months as Minister of Finance.
He also served as Commissioner for Finance and Industry in Ogun State.
His death was announced on Wednesday by his family in Abeokuta.