Thursday, 10 October 2013

Family Marks Deji Falae’s Posthumous Birthday

Family marks Deji Falae’s posthumous birthday
The family of the late Ondo State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Deji Falae, and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism yesterday held a candlelight procession to mark the deceased’s posthumous birthday.
The lawyer would have turned 43 yesterday.
He was the son of a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and former Finance Minister, Chief Olu Falae.
Deji died in last Thursday’s plane crash in Lagos.
The procession began at the Adegbemile Cultural Centre in Akure at 6pm.
Artistes and political office holders, dressed in black attires, tearfully sang mournful songs.
One of them, Mr. Tomogun Olubunmi, described the late commissioner as a man with “imbued talents”.
He said the Ministry of Culture and Tourism witnessed tremendous development under the late Deji’s leadership.
Olubunmi said: “It is sad that we lost a man like Deji at this moment. His death has brought sadness to many of us, who had personal relationships with him. He is one of the finest gentlemen I have ever worked with. He is intelligent and very hardworking. He transformed the ministry.”
Also yesterday, Governor Olusegun Mimiko said he appointed the late Deji as a commissioner on merit and not because of his father’s connections.
During his second visit to Falae’s Akure home, Mimiko said the late Deji performed excellently as a commissioner.
The governor, who was accompanied by his wife, Olukemi, and the National Chairman of the Labour Party (LP), Chief Dan Nwanyanwu, said: “For us in government, he was a star in every dimension. The late Deji did not become commissioner because he was Olu Falae’s son. He earned the position on merit. When we came back again, he was appointed commissioner based on his outstanding performance in the assignment we gave him in that ministry.
“The late Deji was an excellent commissioner and an epitome of humility, despite his family background. But we cannot question God. We have to submit to His will.”
Falae described his late son as loving and accommodating.
He said the deceased impacted positively on the lives of the less-privileged and never brought shame to the family.

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