The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has disclosed that his late father, Pa Emmanuel Abiodun, warned him against maltreating civil servants and pensioners while running the affairs of the state.
Penpushing reports that Abiodun made the disclosure on Wednesday when he received Remo traditional rulers, members of Ijebu-Remo Unity Forum, Labour Union leaders, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) leadership and other prominent personalities during a condolence visit to his family house in Iperu-Remo
“When I assumed office, my dad told me to be faithful to the oath of office I took, he said I should respect the civil servants, pay them regularly and ensure that pensioners get their gratuities and all will be well’, he said.
The bereaved described the demise of his father who was a retired teacher as painful and a great loss to him and his family, adding that the deceased also cautioned him to treat teachers well, and also ensured that he(Governor) pay salary regularly.
“He also asked me to treat teachers well; you know that was his constituency, he told me to pay workers on time, before the last day of the month. My father lived for his family and community, he stated
Penpushing further reports that, the governor said he has scrupulously kept to that advice noting that his late father was a humble man who lived for his family and community, adding that he was completely broken when he received the news of the death of his father.
‘We are a well knitted family. I have always feared a day like this. My father was a humble man. I am greatly pained by his death, but slowly coming to terms with the fact that he is no more. He had a humble beginning, but a glorious end”.
The governor, however, urged the people of the state to live a humble life and serve humanity, the virtues which he said would leave a lasting legacy on the mind of the people after their demise.
Penpushing also reports that recounting his experience with his father while growing up, he said he never saw his father got angry, but would always discipline his children when they misbehaved.
“People say I am humble. Of course I will be when my parents, especially, my father was a very humble man. This is because of my upbringing. I learnt to follow his life style and footsteps,” he noted.
Penpushing reports that, Akarigbo and Paramount Ruler of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, earlier in his remarks said that late Pa Abiodun was an astute administrator and a great teacher who impacted positive values in the lives of younger ones.
The royal father said the passing of the governor’s father must not be signposted with mourning, but expression of joy for a life well spent, adding that even at a very old age, his faculty was still intact.
Penpushing further reports that, speaking of behalf of Ijebu-Remo Unity Forum, an elder, Daudu Teslim, maintained that the deceased was meticulous in his deeds, and urged the governor whom he referred to as “a child off the old block”, to take condolence in the fact his father lived a good life worth of emulation.
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