By Ariwodola Idowu
Ado Ekiti – Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, has congratulated a former Deputy Governor of the state, Prof. Modupe Adelabu, who attained the age of 70 on Saturday.
Adelabu, who is the Chairman of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), was deputy governor of Ekiti between May 8, 2013 and Oct. 15, 2014.
The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Yinka Oyebode in Ado Ekiti, said Adelabu’s attainment of the age of 70 in good health, was a special grace and privilege from God.
He said that Adelabu’s tenure as deputy governor was short but remarkable, saying that she contributed immensely to governance and handled all assignments given her with passion and unwavering touch of excellence.
Fayemi described her as a “seasoned scholar, teacher of teachers and a very loyal and dependable deputy”.
He also described the NBTE boss as an amazing woman, brilliant policy maker, saying she was an “implementer par excellence, a consummate politician and servant of the people”.
The governor said Adelabu’s scholarship had been recognised by prominent international agencies like the World Bank, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); United Nations, Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation (UNESCO), Department for International Development and Universal Basic Education Commission where she had served as a consultant.
Fayemi credited Adelabu for the massive turnaround of basic education in Ekiti especially, in the areas of infrastructure, manpower development of teachers, procurement of instructional materials, among others.
The governor recalled that she first served as the Executive Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).
He prayed that God would grant her long life, good health and more years of selfless service to the state in particular and the country in general.
“On behalf of the government and good people of Ekiti State, I congratulate our amiable Prof. Adelabu as she joins the club of the septuagenarians today.
’’I wish her many more blessed years in good health and prosperity”, the governor added.