The Ogun state governor, Dapo Abiodun has described the passing of former Finance Minister, Dr. Onaolapo Soleye as a as a major loss to Ogun State and Nigeria in general.
Abiodun, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Lekan Adeniran, on Wednesday stated that Dr. Soleye’s vital contributions to Nigeria’s financial industry and his home state of Ogun will live on in the memory
“Dr. Soleye’s remarkable career in public service, spanning several decades, exemplified his unwavering commitment to the development and progress of Nigeria.
“As Minister of Finance, he played a crucial role in shaping our nation’s economic policies, implementing reforms, and fostering sustainable growth.
“His visionary leadership and expertise were instrumental in navigating the challenges and opportunities of our evolving economy.
“Dr. Soleye’s demise leaves a vacuum that will be difficult to fill. He will be remembered as a statesman, a mentor, and a role model for future generations to come. His wisdom, integrity, and dedication to public service serve as an inspiration to us all.
“On behalf of the government and people of the state, I extend my deepest condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of the nonagenarian.
“May his soul rest in eternal peace, and may his legacy continue to inspire us to strive for excellence and work towards a better Nigeria,” the statement concluded.
Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Senator for Ogun East and former Governor, also paid tribute to the former Minister, calling him a “remarkable man whose unwavering dedication to acts of kindness and good deeds impacted greatly on a lot of people.”
Daniel in a statement personally signed said “I bear true testimony to the facts about Dr. Soleye as a great leader, a mentor and a man of impeccable principles who inspired countless individuals. As an alumnus of the Baptist Boys High School, Abeokuta, he was a great inspiration and mentor to many of us.
“As a former Commissioner for Finance in Ogun State and later as Minister for Finance of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Soleye distinguished himself as a prudent financial manager, and acquitted himself as a first class economic administrator in the application of Nigeria’s resources. His commitment to a better Nigeria was unwavering.
“The passage of Dr. Soleye is a personal loss to me because I share very deep relationships with him as a younger friend and confidant. I benefited immensely from his several unconditional supports during trying times.
“My deepest condolences to members of his family; the Olowu of Owu Kingdom, Oba Matemilola; His Excellency, Chief Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo, GCFR, former President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (who is also Dr. Soleye’s bosson friend); sons and Daughters of Owu Kingdom and Egbaland in general at this painful and trying times as I am consoled by the legacy of good deeds and forthrightness that Dr. Soleye left behind.”
Dr. Soneye served as Minister of Finance for twenty (20) months under General Muhammadu Buhari’s military administration from 1984 to 1985. He was also the Commissioner for Finance and Industry in Ogun State at one point.