Tributes as ex-NAN Board member laid to rest

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) A former board member of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr Oluwafidipo Falade, was laid to rest at his Sango-Ota residence in Ogun, on Saturday.




Falade died Oct. 19, at the age of 70.




In a sermon held in Agege, Lagos before the interment, Ven. Sup. Evang. Adebayo Johnson, of the Celestial Church of Christ (CCC), Mafoluku, Phase 1, described the late Falade as a a father, mentor and source of inspiration in his lifetime.




Johnson, who drew his Bible reference from the book of Revelation 14, verses 6-13, charged everyone to prepare for eternity while still living in this world.




`Make your decision now that you are still alive on where you want to be after death,” he said.




Sup. Evang. David Omotola, one of the officiating ministers, described Falade as a dedicated member of the Parish who gave his moral and financial support for the development and progress of the church.




“ We have lost a great member in the person of our Special Most Superior Evangelist Falade, a strong member, a giver, supporter and active; however, we believe that God loves him more,” Omotola said.




Oluwaseun Falade, first son of the deceased, in an interview with NAN, described his late father as a man of honour, with high principles and standards, blunt, a life-changer, mentor, accommodating and honest.




He said that his father was passionate about progress and community development, and was privileged to serve the country under PDP and later APC.




“We used to quarrel a lot, but I must declare that he was a loving father, prayerful, approachable, kind- hearted, dedicated to the service of God, and humanity.




“ His demise has created a vacuum which no one can fill in my heart and family, I will really miss him, but will continue from where he stopped and even surpass his feats,” he added.




Alhaji Olawale Mogaji, Otun-Balogun of Epe Kingdom and former Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Service Commission, (LAHASCOM), said that late Falade was a man of peace and lived an exemplary life.




According to him, Falade impacted lives and was recognised in his community, which made him to rise up to the level of community leader, a former board member of NAN and of Lagos State Cooperative College Governing Council.




In a tribute, Mr Tosin Osunnuga, Secretary, Lekki Local Council Development Area, said that late Falade was a man with high native intelligence, which gave him an edge and helped in proffering solutions to community crises in the community.




“ Your efforts to ensure that everyone, both indigenes and non-indigenes, are given fair treatment by investors in Lekki and Lagos Free Trade Zone will not be forgotten,” he said.




Falade was also Community Representative and Board Director, Lekki Worldwide Investment Limited, and Baale of Ebute Kosu in Lekki, LCDA.(

Lawal AbdulSalam Olawale

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