Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has expressed his condolences on the death of the Senior Special Assistant (Media) on Party Matters, Elder Sam Oluwalana.
Elder Oluwalana passed away on Tuesday in Ado Ekiti, the state capital after a brief illness.
The Governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, said the death of Elder Oluwalana was not only painful but very shocking and devastating.
He described Elder Oluwalana’s demise as a huge loss to the state government, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and his native Omuo Ekiti which he served conscientiously and diligently in his lifetime.
Dr. Fayemi also described the deceased as a thoroughbred journalist who achieved fame in his chosen profession by dint of hard work before he continued his service to his state of origin through politics.
The Governor recalled memorable engagements he had with the late Elder Oluwalana during his journalism days in prominent media organisations like the now rested NEXT Newspapers, The Guardian and National Mirror newspwpes where the deceased demonstrated deep knowledge of the job.
Dr. Fayemi noted the late Elder Oluwalana brought vibrance to the Ekiti APC through positive projection of the party’s activities between 2019 till he breathed his last.
He further described the Elder Oluwalana as a resourceful member of his administration’s Communications Team whose contributions would continue to linger in the memories of his colleagues, admirers and the entire people of the state.
The Governor regretted that the loss of the late Elder Oluwalana has robbed him of a friend and the party of a pillar, adding that the late journalist would be sorely missed.
Dr. Fayemi prayed God to grant the deceased’s family, friends, associates the fortitude and equanimity to bear the irreparable loss during and beyond the period of grief.