Seyi Makinde, Governor of Oyo State, yesterday conveyed his feelings of sadness over the demise of his Special Adviser on Infrastructure, Engr. Simiyu James Adepoju, saying that it is a significant loss to the state.
Mr. Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, in his statement 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.
According to the Governor, the tremendous ongoing effort aimed at bridging the infrastructure deficiency 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 stated: “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 address the infrastructure challenges are proof of the expert contributions being made by the present administration.
The governor condoled with the families and friends of the late Adepoju, who was appointed Special Adviser in March 2020.
“It is my prayer that God will continually uphold everyone Engr. Adepoju left behind.”