A member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Adewale Oluwatayo, who is representing Ifako Ijaiye Constituency, Lagos State, is dead.
The cause of his death is yet to be ascertained, as he was reported to have been full of life on Wednesday during the caucus meeting of the House of Representatives.
According to a report reaching us, he died in Abuja on Wednesday evening, but news about his passing away filtered into the National Assembly on Thursday. He was aged 65 years.
Mr. Oluwatayo was a special adviser on Education in Lagos State between 2009 and 2011. Before then, he served as chairman of the state’s electricity board between 2004 and 2007.
Mr. Oluwatayo attended Ilesha Grammar School 1968. University of Nigeria Nsukka 1979 BSc. Lagos State University 2005 M.ED., his official citation on National Assembly Web site said.
In the 2015 elections, he contested for the Federal House of representatives under the Platform of the APC and won to represent Ifako-Ijaiye Federal Constituency.
However, the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, in a condolence message soon after the House rose, said:
“The late Hon. Elijah died when his services to the nation were most needed.
“We mourn our fallen colleague as one who gave his best in service to God and humanity.
“He was a committed and hard working member, who championed the cause of his people.
“Our hearts go out to his immediate family, the people of Ifako/Ijaiye Federal Constituency and Lagos state over this great loss.
“I pray God Almighty to give them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. We will surely miss him in the Green Chamber”, the message, which was signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Turaki Hassan, read.