The remains of the first female Head of Service in the country, Mrs. Tejumade Alakija were yesterday interred in Ile-Ife, her home town with Governors Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state saying that the late renowned civil servant was a rare gem
The late Mrs Alakija who was a daughter of the late Ooni of Ife, Sir Adesoji Aderemi was a former Head of Service in the old western region.
Speaking at the funeral service held for the late Alakija at the Saint Peter’s Anglican Church, Iremo, Ile-Ife, Ajimobi said the country has lost another great person who contributed significantly to civil service in the country.
He noted that Alakija was a disciplined and reliable public servant and admonished Nigerians to emulate her in their contributions to the development of the country.
Also speaking , Aregbesola who expressed sadness on the death of Alakija said “we will miss her brilliance, courage, dedication and humility”. He was represented by his deputy, Mrs Grace Tomori .
In his remarks, Fayemi said “the brilliant performances of Princess Alakija while on earth didn't go unnoticed and would continue to speak for her even now that she is no more.”
He recalled that that the late Alakija was appointed the head of service of the old western region base on merit and not with the influence of her later father who he said was a respected Politician and traditional ruler of his time.
Present at the funeral were the representatives of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade, General Alani Akinriade (Rtd) and Brigadier General Adeyinka Adebayo among many others.