By Samuel Edu
March 31, 2023 was a memorable day in the career history of Mr Lanre Olaleye, the Director of Finance and Administrations, Ondo State Electricity Board as he officially bows out of government’s service.
Olaleye who also doubles as the Secretary, Ondo State Electricity Board drew the curtains of active service last Friday after serving the Ondo State government for 35 years.
The pen down ceremony held within the premises of the Ondo State Electricity Board had in attendance dignitaries and top government functionaries within the State.
Ondo State Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources; Engineer Rasak Obe lauded the achievements of Olayeye in his 35 years of service.
Rasak Obe who spoke through his representative at the event, Adebayo Oluwafemi said “serving the government for 35years is not a short period. It was a long period of commitment and consecration to duties. It will be difficult if not impossible to find another person like you in Ondo State Electricity Board.”
In his congratulatory message, Special Adviser to the Ondo Governor on Union Matters, Mr Dare Aragbaye thanked God Almighty on behalf of Olaleye saying that only God could have made him scaled through the hurdles of civil service up to the level of retirement.
He admonished the celebrant to keep up the spirit of commitment and dedication to whatever endeavor he picks up after retirement stressing that the sky is just the starting point for him.
In his own message, the Olowo of Owo, Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye felicitated Olaleye noting that his impact and contribution to the civil service is worthy of emulation.
Speaking through his representative, Sir Patrick Tayo Aisida the monarch urged staff in active service to emulate his legacies particularly his commitment to duty and ability to work with little or no supervision.
In his response, Olaleye appreciated God Almighty for a successful 35-year and thanked all present for the pen down ceremony.
“Today would not have become a reality if not for the unmerited grace of God over my life. I have crossed many hurdles and no doubt about the fact that I must have stepped on some toes but all thanks to God today, I am retiring from the services of the Ondo State government.”
Olaleye urged staff members still in active service to be committed to their duties noting that hard work pays.
Present at the occasion was the Chief of Staff to the Ondo State governor; Chief Olugbenga Ale, Special Adviser to the Ondo governor on union matters; Mr Dare Aragbaye, the Olowo of Owo Kingdom; Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin represented by Sir Tayo Adedapo-Aisida, the commissioner, ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources; Engineer Rasak Obe represented by Engineer Adebayo Oluwafemi.
Others include; former commissioner for women affairs; Mrs Yemi Mahmoud, Engineer Kehinde Temikotan; former General Manager and all management staff of the Ondo State Electricity Board. Sir Ademola Adetula, Chairman of Owena Press Limited.