By Akeem Abas
Ibadan, – A three-time commissioner in Oyo State, Alhaji Adegboyega Arulogun, died at 84, on Thursday in Ibadan.
The Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Toye Arulogun, who is the son of the deceased, made this announcement in a statement he made available to newsmen in Ibadan on Thursday.
The commissioner said that his father died at a private hospital in Ibadan during a brief illness at about 7.0 4 a.m.
He described the late Arulogun as “a devout Muslim, community leader, defender of justice and an exemplary man” who was committed to the cause of the ordinary people.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Arulogun was born on Oct. 1, 1934.
He attended St.Peters Primary School, Aremo in Ibadan, Olivet Baptist High School in Oyo and the University of Lagos.
The late Arulogun was a prominent and very active member of the Ibadan Elders’ Council, Oluyole Club, Lagos and a labour union leader in the media industry.
He was a pioneer broadcaster, a former British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) consultant, former General Manager, Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) and former Marketing Director, NTA.
The deceased was also the Editor of the Nigeria’s first Celluloid movie in the book entitled, ‘Kongi’s Harvest’ in addition to many other productions on the NTA Network.
Among his successful productions are : “Ogunde: Man of the Theatre”, “Five Days in Badagry”, “Dance for Harvest”, “Festac 77” and “Born to Live”.
NAN reports that the remains of the late commissioner would soon be buried in line with Islamic rites.