6th June, 2011
It was an emotional gathering at the weekend when staff of the Lagos State Ministry of Rural Development held a valedictory session for the immediately past Commissioner in the ministry, Prince Lanre Balogun and two others.
The others were former Special Adviser to the Governor on Rural Development, Mr. Paul Kalejaiye and the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Grassroots, Mrs. Omotayo Oduntan. At the event held at the premises of the Rural Ministry, staff of the ministry, apart from pouring encomiums on Fasholaâ€™s former aides, showered them with gifts.
It was a hilarious occasion, a time to wine and dine and dance. Some of the staff recounted their experiences while working with Balogun and others. They all agreed that they had gained useful experience from their style of leadership.
Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Engr. Babatunde Oshodi commended the commissioner and others for displaying exceptional leadership qualities in the discharge of their duties.
He said their impact on the ministry would not be forgotten, adding that the valedictory session was to honour them for their achievements.
Former Deputy Director in the ministry, Mrs. Gbolahan Afonso said when she started working with the ex-commissioner, she did not understand his style, adding that after studying him for some time, she got used to him and that they were now the best of friends.
â€œHe is one of those commissioners you can work with. After studying him, I came to the realization that, though, he was tough, but at the same time, he is very soft. He does not like lazy people.
â€œHe doesnâ€™t want excuses. Out of the commissioners I have worked with, he is the best. God will make your ambition to go to the House of Representatives a reality,â€ she said.
According to Engr. Abiodun Ayeni, Deputy Director, Rural Water and Sanitation, the commissioner had been a good man to work with, while wishing him well in his future endeavour.
Also, Director, Community Development, Mr. Eniola Awolaru showered praises on Balogun and others, saying that they had contributed immensely in uplifting the ministry.
Speaking, Balogun commended the staff of the ministry and also thanked Governor Babatunde Fashola and the former Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
In his remarks, Kalejaiye said â€œhere was a journey that began four year ago. We pass through this place and hope that what we left behind will be improved upon.â€