Makinde, AbdulRazaq mourn veteran sports journalist, Akinloye Oyebanji
Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde and his Kwara State counterpart, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq have commiserated with the family of the veteran sports Journalist, Akinloye Oyebanji and the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), describing it as a sad day for sports journalism in the country.
The late journalist, who hailed from Kwara State, died at the age of 62. He was a Media aide to the ex-Minister of Communications, Chief Cornelius Adebayo.
Makinde, in a condolence message, contained in a statement made available by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, to the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), and the deceased’s family said the news of his demise was shocking.
The statement indicated that the Governor was saddened by the loss of the veteran sports Journalist, whom he said, personified excellence in sports reporting, while in active service.
“I received the news of the death of veteran sports Journalist, Akinloye Oyebanji with sadness. His demise at this trying time of our sports development amounts to a sad day for sports journalism.
“His death is equally a great loss to Journalism profession, the NTA family and all lovers of the good sport. I commiserate with the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Nigerian Guild of Editors and sports journalists around the globe for the loss of one of their own.
“Those of us who followed his career progression will not forget in a hurry how he used his expertise to shape sports Journalism at the NTA, Ibadan, the first Television Station in Africa and at the network stations of the NTA. To say the least, Sports Journalism has lost a gem.”
On his part, AbdulRazaq described as shocking and saddened the death of veteran sportscaster.
According to a statement by AbdulRazaq’s spokesman, Rafiu Ajakaye, the governor commiserates with the family, colleagues, friends and the NTA where the veteran journalist served for 35 years in various capacities.
He said the late journalist would be remembered for his contributions to sports writing and development in the country.
“The Governor prays the Almighty God to grant him eternal rest and comfort the family,” the statement added.