The Minister of Science and Technology in the Second Republic, Senator Bode Olowoporoku, is dead.
Olowoporoku, an indigine of Ilawe-Ekiti in Ekiti Southwest Local Government Area of Ekiti State, died on Thursday in Lagos after a brief illness.
He was a Senator, representing Ekiti South Senatorial District between 2003 and 2007.
His son, Ayodeji Olowoporoku, who broke the news in a statement said: “We regret to announce the passage to eternity of our dear husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, Dr. Olabode Olowoporoku, who peacefully passed away at his residence on March 24, 2021 after a brief illness.
“He attended the University of Ife now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife for his first degree in Economics. He won a scholarship by Ford Foundation to undertake a postgraduate study at the University of Manchester, where he bagged his Masters’ degree in Economics in 1972 and later got his doctorate degree in Development Economics at the University in 1975.
“He was in at the forefront in the agitation for the creation of Ekiti State, providing extensive funding, and also playing a prominent role working with the Council of Ekiti Obas and the committee for the creation of Ekiti State, and utilized his robust network through his close friends Olusola Saraki and Adamu Ciroma to meet the late Sani Abacha for the creation of Ekiti State.”