Dr.Olu Agunloye : A BREED SO RARE @71
By Femi SALAKO
You are indeed an outstanding performer, a builder, a moulder and indeed a model of impeccable character to younger generation. Ex-governorship candidate under the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and a Nigerian politician, former Minister of Power and Steel, former Minister of State for Defence (Navy), seasoned administrator per excellence, Executive Vice Chairman of the eGovernment Strategies. Born to the families of Mr. J. O. Agunloye in Erusu-Akoko and Chief Mrs J. A. Agunloye of the Osuporu family in Owo. Of royal parental background from Owo Kingdom and Akure Kingdom in Ondo State. He is great grandson of His Royal Majesty, Olowo of Owo, Oba Elewu Okun in Owo as well as great grandson of the Ojomo Uro, also a royal family in Akure. Olu Agunloye attended Ondo Boys High School, Ondo from 1961 to 1965 and passed out with Grade 1. He attended the University of Ibadan to read Physics from 1966 to 1970 and graduated with Second Class Upper Division Honours Degree in Physics in June 1970. He was again admitted in July 1970 for postgraduate studies in Department of Physics at the University of Ibadan and Applied Physical Science, University of Reading, UK. He graduated with Ph.D Physics in March 1974. Throughout his university student’s days – 1966 to 1973, he was a University Scholar at the University of Ibadan and University of Reading, England. He was appointed Lecturer in the Department of Physics, University of Ibadan in March 1974. He thereafter obtained a Master’s degree in Applied Geophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, Cambridge, USA in 1976 while still lecturing at the University of Ibadan. A man of many parts. He is an erudite Scholar, Scientist, Industrialist, astute Administrator and Manager, a Technocrat per excellence and an upright Politician. Agunloye rendered public service in Nigeria for 36years without any blemish as University Lecturer; Chief Executive of Faagol Instruments Limited; Pioneer Corps Marshal and Chief Executive, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC); Chief Executive and Don Langford and Company; Special Assistant to the Honourable Minister of Power and Steel; Special Assistant to the Attorney General of the Federation; Honourable Minister of Defence (Navy); Honourable Minister of Power and Steel and Chief Executive of National eGovernment Strategies.
God that started with you shall not abandon you at this stage.
Happy birthday and wishing you many more glorious years of service to God and humanity.