Ondo State Governor, arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) has described the late state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro as an excellent person.
He lamented that the state “has lost a dedicated professional.”
The governor had spoken from isolation in a video which had been posted on the social media.
Adegbenro passed away at the age of 65 at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, but the cause of his death had not been ascertained as of the time of filing this report.
However, following this incident, the state government had declared Friday, July 3, a work-free day to honour the departed commissioner.
It had also directed that all flags in the state must fly at half-mast for seven days beginning Thursday, July 2.
The statement by the state Commissioner for Information, Donald Ojogo, read in part, “Until his death, Adegbenro, a two-time health commissioner in the state, equally doubled as Chairman, Ondo State Inter-ministerial Committee Against COVID-19.
“Dr Adegbenro was in the forefront of the state’s battles against the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic.
“Not only did he signpost commitment and diligence; he, indeed, was immeasurable in his inspiration clearly defining himself as an embodiment of selflessness, hardwork and inexorable professionalism.
“This is one death too heavy to bear. The excruciating pains the timing has unsparingly, wrought on us in Ondo State are no less potent. To say the least, Dr Adegbenro was our General and died healing others. Having served humanity with the attendant kindness, he played his part honourably.”
The state said the least “it can do for this Medical Hero is to plant a seed of honour for him.”