Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Chief (Mrs) Funmilayo Olayinka, is dead. She died on Saturday at the age of 52.
She was sick with cancer and had been receiving treatment at St. Nicholas Hospital in Lagos, where she eventually died.
A statement by the state government yesterday night confirmed the demise of the Deputy Governor. A terse statement by the Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Tayo Ekundayo, reads: “The Government of Ekiti State announces with sadness but with gratitude to God, the passing of the State Deputy Governor, H.E. Mrs Olufunmilayo Adunni Olayinka, aged 52, after a tough but courageous battle with cancer.
“She died on Saturday (yesterday) evening.”
“Mrs Olayinka, an accomplished banker and corporate sector player, worked in the financial industry for 21 years before heeding the call of service in her home state of Ekiti when she was selected to serve on the ACN Governorship ticket in 2007. She demonstrated exemplary courage and dedicated service to Ekiti people both during the struggle to retrieve the stolen mandate and in her position as Deputy Governor.
“She is survived by her husband and children as well as aged parents and siblings.
“Further details shall be provided later.”
There has been growing concern in the state over the continued absence of the deputy governor from official assignments in recent weeks.
Mrs. Olayinka, who became the deputy governor of Ekiti State in October 2010, when she was sworn in alongside the Governor, Kayode Fayemi, was a banker who held a masters degree in public administration and a bachelor of business administration degree from Central State University, Edmond, Oklahoma, USA.
She was a very passionate member of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, and a strong believer in the ethos and principles of the party.
She was also the 2nd Vice President of the Association of Corporate Managers of Banks between 2002 and 2004.
Mrs Olayinka is survived by her husband and three children.