Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Saturday described the sudden death of Mrs Olufunke Oluwakemi Kolawole, Permanent Secretary, Bureau of General Services, Office of the Governor, as a colossal loss in the state civil service.
In a statement by the Bureau of Communication and Strategy signed by its Director, Semiu Okanlawon and made available to Journalists yesterday, the Governor was quoted as speaking when he paid a condolence visit to the family of the slain Mrs Kolawole who met her untimely death in the hands of kidnappers while on a journey to Abuja last Thursday.
Aregbesola was quoted as saying the untimely demise of Mrs Kolawole was not only shocking but has left a huge vacuum within the civil service in the state.
Governor Aregbesola who described the Permanent Secretary as a great woman of virtue, loyal and dedicated, said Mrs Kolawole while alive, used her position to impact greatly on humanity.
According to him, death is a misery and something that no one wants. “It is a phenomenon that everyone hates, but because God has destined man to die, we all reconcile with death.
“It behoves on every mortal to always be conscious of end-day and know that it is God that gives and takes at any time.
“Mrs Kolawole’s death is not only a rude shock to us as a government but also a great misfortune at a time her quality services are needed most.
“Her sudden death is shocking, unfortunate and calamitous to state and civil service in particular as she (deceased) was known to be a committed, dedicated and loyal civil servant who had never been found wanting of her professional role to the people.