ABUJA: THE Lagos State government has expressed shock and grief at the death of prominent educationist, Chief Molade Okoya-Thomas. The State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, described him as a great philanthropist who was the epitome of humaneness and dedication to service.
In a letter to widow of the late elder statesman, Olivia Abosede Okoya-Thomas, the governor said the passing of Okoya-Thomas was a tremendous loss to him personally and to Lagos State. He pointed that the people of Lagos had been the beneficiaries of the deceased’s great wisdom and philanthropy over the years.
“It was with great sorrow that my family and I heard of the passing of your husband, Chief Molade Okoya Thomas, the Asoju Oba of Lagos and a great statesman. In the years I knew him, his moral and physical strength, and his dedication to service were an inspiration to me,” Fashola said.
The governor added that Lagos State was lucky to be the home of the late because the state felt his impact in various sectors especially in education, where he was, until his death, Chancellor of Lagos State University and Sport, for which he was a great patron.
“I have very fond personal memories of Chief Okoya-Thomas. He was always blunt when dishing out his sage advice but I knew it was because he genuinely cared about the welfare and progress of the State and its people. History will remember Chief Molade Okoya-Thomas as a great philanthropist. His legacy will live on because he made his mark in the private and public sectors and in the lives of numerous individuals.”
Fashola prayed that God would grant the Okoya-Thomas family the fortitude to bear the loss.
“On behalf of my family and the people of Lagos State, I wish to convey my deepest condolences and sympathies to you and your family during this time of mourning. My prayers are with your family in this trying time. Mama, I pray that God will grant you the fortitude to bear this heavy loss.”
Okoya-Thomas died on Monday at the age of 79. The cause of death had not yet been made public.
SOURCE: CAJ News Agency