Abiodun, Daniel mourn former Finance Minister, Soleye - NIGERIAN NEWSORBIT


Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Abiodun, Daniel mourn former Finance Minister, Soleye

Dr Onaolapo Soleye 

Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State on Wednesday described the passing of former Finance Minister, Dr. Onaolapo Soleye as a great loss to the state and Nigeria at large.

Dr. Soleye was a former minister of finance between 1984-1985 during the military regime of General Muhammadu Buhari. 

He served for twenty (20) months as Minister of Finance. At a time, he also served as Commissioner for Finance and Industry in Ogun State. 

Soleye who celebrated his 90th birthday on Saturday reportedly died in the early hours of Wednesday at Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Prince Abiodun, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Lekan Adeniran, said Dr. Soleye's invaluable contributions to the financial sector of Nigeria and his home state, Ogun, will forever remain green in the memory. 

"Dr. Soleye's remarkable career in public service, spanning several decades, exemplified his unwavering commitment to the development and progress of Nigeria. 

"As Minister of Finance, he played a crucial role in shaping our nation's economic policies, implementing reforms, and fostering sustainable growth.
"His visionary leadership and expertise were instrumental in navigating the challenges and opportunities of our evolving economy.

"Dr. Soleye's demise leaves a vacuum that will 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 serve as an inspiration to us all.

"On behalf of the government and people of the state, I extend my deepest condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of the nonagenarian. 

"May his soul rest in eternal peace, and may his legacy continue to inspire us to strive for excellence and work towards a better Nigeria," Prince Abiodun said.

Similarly, former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, who is currently representing Ogun East at the senate, has equally described late Dr. Soleye as a
 remarkable man whose unwavering dedication to acts of kindness and good deeds impacted greatly on a lot of people.

Daniel, while reacting to the news of his death, said, "I bear true testimony to the facts about Dr. Soleye as a great leader, a mentor and a man of impeccable principles who inspired countless individuals. As an alumnus of the Baptist Boys High School, Abeokuta, he was a great inspiration and mentor to many of us". 

"As a former Commissioner for Finance in Ogun State and later as Minister for Finance of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Soleye distinguished himself as a prudent financial manager, and acquitted himself as a first class economic administrator in the application of Nigeria's resources. His commitment to a better Nigeria was unwavering".

"The passage of Dr. Soleye is a personal loss to me because I share very deep relationships with him as a younger friend and confidant. I benefited immensely from his several unconditional supports during trying times".

"My deepest condolences to members of his family; the Olowu of Owu Kingdom, Oba Matemilola; His Excellency, Chief Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo, GCFR, former President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (who is also Dr. Soleye's bosson friend); sons and Daughters of Owu Kingdom and Egbaland in general at this painful and trying times as I am consoled by the legacy of good deeds and forthrightness that Dr. Soleye left behind".

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