By Okike Samuel
Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has joined Lagosians to mourn the death of foremost industrialist and economist, Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi, who passed away on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.
Ambode highlighted the contributions and enduring legacy of Chief Gbadamosi to the development of Lagos state and Nigeria as whole. The also described him as ‘one of the best’ economists in his generation, and as a man whose ‘passion to serve his fatherland was never in doubt’.
Speaking on Chief Gbadamosi’s passing, Ambode said “as a foundation member of the first Lagos State Executive Council after the creation of the state in 1967, he contributed immensely towards laying a very solid foundation for what is today the foremost state in the country and the nation’s unarguably Centre of Excellence. He also distinguished himself as a Federal Minister and PPPRA Chairman”.
While commiserating with the family of the late economist and art enthusiast, Governor Ambode urged them to take solace in the fact that he lived a fulfilled life and continued to render meritorious service to the State until his demise. “On behalf of the government and people of Lagos State, I want to express our heartfelt condolence to the family of Chief Gbadamosi on this great and irreparable loss. He paid his dues and Lagosians will always remember him,” Ambode said.
A Brief Profile Of Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi
Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi, a foremost industrialist and economist in Nigeria was a Federal Minister of National Planning Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA).
He was the Co-chairman of the Lagos @ 50 Committee and was a foundation member of the first Lagos State Executive Council after the creation of the state in 1967.
A playwright and art enthusiast before his death, Chief Gbadamosi was the youngest commissioner in Lagos State at 27.