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Makinde Mourns Late Special Adviser Who Died After A Long Battle With Cancer

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By Ogunrinde Abiodun, Ibadan

Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, on Thursday, expressed sadness on the death of his
Special Adviser on Infrastructure, Engineer Simiyu
James Adepoju, describing it as a huge loss to
the state.

Makinde maintained that the contributions of the
late engineer to the ongoing infrastructure
development drive in the state were remarkable.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the
governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the governor
as adding that Adepoju brought his wealth of
experience and commitment to serving the state
to bear on everything he did within the short while he served the state.

The governor condoled with the families and
friends of the late Adepoju, who was appointed Special Adviser in March 2020.

According to Makinde, the ongoing massive
effort aimed at bridging the infrastructure deficit
in the state and other numerous novel initiatives such as the Alternative Project Funding Approach
and the Contractor Financing Approach, among others, were proofs that Adepoju was part of the
team of experts driving the infrastructure renewal
agenda of the administration.

The governor said: “It is on a sad note that I announce the passing away of our brother and
my Special Adviser on Infrastructure, Engineer
Simiyu James Adepoju, who died after a long
battle with cancer.

“I condole with his families and friends and pray that God will grant them the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.

“Engr. Adepoju, during his short stint in the service of Oyo State, contributed immensely to
the ongoing massive infrastructure development
in the state.

“As part of a team of experts running the Oyo State roadmap on infrastructure development,
Engr. Adepoju’s contributions are remarkable, as
the state is not only reducing the infrastructure
deficit drastically, it is doing so with sound
innovations and initiatives.

“The Alternative Project Funding Approach, the
Contractor Financing Approach and many other initiatives that are helping the state to address the infrastructure challenges are proof of the expert contributions being made by the present administration.

“It is my prayer that God will continually uphold everyone Engr. Adepoju left behind.”

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