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Reps Loses Member, Akinremi Adjourns Plenary

The House of Representatives on Wednesday adjourned plenary following the death of the member representing Ibadan North Federal Constituency, Oyo State, Adewale Akinremi.

Popularly known as Jagaban, Akinremi, who was chairman of the House Committee on Science Research Institutions l died in the early hours of Wednesday, July 10, 2024, after a brief illness.

A second-term lawmaker on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, he was aged 51.

Announcing the demise at a brief plenary session on Wednesday, Speaker Tajudeen Abbas, said, “Honourable Members of the House, it is with a heavy heart and sorrow that we announce the passing of the esteemed Hon. Prince Olaide Adewale Akinremi, affectionately known as Jagaban. A dedicated member of this House, he represented the Ibadan North Federal Constituency with unwavering commitment and distinction.

“Prince Akinremi’s devotion to public service was exemplary. As Chairman of the House Committee on Science Research Institutions, he made significant contributions to both his constituency and the nation.

“His leadership in distributing palliatives and his support for local artisans, traders, and social groups during challenging times highlighted his deep commitment to the welfare of his constituents.

“Beyond his political career, Prince Akinremi was a successful businessman and philanthropist. His efforts to empower women, youth, and the less privileged have left an indelible impact on his community. His dedication to fostering unity and development within Ibadan North earned him admiration and respect across political lines.

“Prince Akinremi is survived by his beloved wife, Mrs. Adama Akinremi, and their five children. His legacy of service, compassion, and leadership will continue to inspire us all. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones during this difficult time. May his soul rest in eternal peace.”

The House observed a minute of silence in honour of the late legislator. In line with the tradition of the Green Chamber, the lawmakers adjourned plenary to Thursday.

Meanwhile, the House spokesman, Akin Rotimi has described the deceased as “A dedicated public servant known for his unwavering commitment to the development of his constituency and the country at large. His passion for service, coupled with his deep understanding of the needs and aspirations of his people, earned him the endearing title of ‘Jagaban.’”

Rotimi in a statement further noted that throughout his tenure, Akinremi was a staunch advocate for policies and initiatives that promoted social welfare, economic growth, and scientific research.

“His contributions to legislative debates and his active participation in committee activities were a testament to his dedication and hard work.

“Rep Akinremi was as much a grassroots politician as he was an astute statesman who leveraged his goodwill and network of relationships to attract positive impact to the people of his constituency.

“He built friendships by being intentional about reaching out and sending goodwill messages to all colleagues at special occasions, fostering camaraderie and unity within the House.

“As a ranking member, Rep Akinremi had keen institutional memory and was a mentor to many first-time parliamentarians, guiding them with wisdom gained from his extensive experience in legislative affairs,” the statement further read.

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