Alakija, first female Head of Service in Oyo, dies at 88

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Ibadan – Mrs Tejumade Alakija, the first female  Head of Service in the Old Oyo State  and daughter of the late Ooni of Ife,  Oba Adesoji Aderemi,  is dead.

The death of   Alakija was confirmed by her younger brother,  Mr Adelowo Aderemi,  in an interview with  in Ibadan on Friday.

The 88-year-old Alakija died on Friday morning at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, after  a brief  illness.

Alakija, born on May 17, 1925,  in Ile-Ife, attended  Aiyetoro Primary and Central Schools, Ile-Ife, between  1933 and 1937 as well as  Kudeti Girls’ School, Molete, Ibadan.

She obtained a  B.A Honours (History) at Westfield College, University of London, England, between 1946 and 1950.

Alakija  then proceeded to Oxford University  where she bagged  a post-graduate diploma in Education between 1950 and 1951.

As a graduate teacher, she joined the Nigerian civil service  and was posted to Queen’s School, Ede,  and later to the new Government Girls’ Secondary Grammar School between 1951 and 1953.

In 1953, Alakija founded a Girls’ Secondary Grammar School at the invitation of the Anglican Mission in Ijebu-Ode Diocese.

She later became an Assistant Secretary (Finance) at the Ministry of Works  and then Training Officer-in Charge of the region’s Public Service Training Programme  between 1960 and 1962.

The deceased  was the Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Trade and Industries in the region between 1962 and 1964 and was later appointed secretary of some  important commissions.

She served in the Committee on Development of Training in the Western Region Civil Service and the Committee on Technical Education in Western Nigeria.

Alakija became the Chief  Investment Officer in the Ministry of Trade and Industries in charge of Industrial Promotions between 1969  and  1972.

She served the nation as Deputy Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Health between 1976 and 1978 and as Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education,  between 1978 and 1979.

Alakija also served as Head of Service in  the old Oyo State and voluntarily retired on  Sept. 30, 1983. (NAN)

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