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Remembering Alhaja Agoro (April 14, 1945-May 26, 2009)

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Alhaja Halimah-Shadiyah Mosunmola Olashalewa Agoro (nee Shekete) was born on April 14, 1945 in Eko, popularly referred to as Lagos Island and died on May 26, 2009. She had a humble beginning and grew up among her older cousins.

She had early education at the Salvation Army Primary School, Odunlami in Lagos Island and proceeded to Lagos Anglican Girls’ Grammar School, Surulere for her secondary education.

Thereafter, she worked at the Federal Ministry of Finance before travelling abroad to study Accounting at the University of Baltimore in the United States (US).

She joined the Lagos State Ministry of Finance on her return and rose through the ranks over the years to become the first female chairman of the Board of Internal Revenue, now known as Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS), retiring in 2005.

Alhaja Agoro’s devotion to Islam was exemplary, as she was a founding member of the Rahmat Islamiyya Society in Aguda, Surulere. She worked tirelessly and effortlessly to ensure the Society grew from a house hummah to having its own central mosque.

Meanwhile, there will be a prayer and Ramadan lecture tomorrow in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of her death at Rahmat Islamiyya, opposite Aguda Market, beside the Mobil Filling Station in Surulere, Lagos.

She is survived by three children and would continue to be remembered by all the people whose lives she touched, certainly missed missed by everybody who came across her and never be forgotten by those who value religion, humility, hardwork and family.


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