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Former Minister of Finance, Dr Onaolapo Soleye, is dead


Former Minister of Finance, Dr Onaolapo Soleye, is dead

A former Minister of Finance, Dr Onaolapo Olusegun Soleye, has died at the age of 90.

Soleye, who was the finance minister during the military regime of General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), died in the early hours of Wednesday.

Neptune Prime gathered that the former Minister celebrated his 90th birthday last Saturday, 11th November 2023.

Dr Soleye was once a Commissioner in the old Western region and former Ogun State Commissioner of Finance.

Soleye was also once Commissioner for Lands, Trade, Industry and Commerce in Ogun State.

A statement by the family read, “With heavy hearts but with gratitude to God Almighty for a long, impactful and positively eventful life, the family announce the passing of Pa Dr Onaolapo Soleye, the father of our late brother, Maj Gen OO Soleye (retd.).

“He turned 90 years old last Saturday, Papa served the country and humanity in various capacities rising to the position of an Associate Professor in the University of Ibadan, Commissioner for Works in Ogun State and Minister of Finance of the Federal Republic of Nigeria among others.

“He was a true lover of God and humanity and this translated into his unwavering commitment to church activities as well as ready support and assistance to all who came across him, in any way that he could.

“The loss of Dr Soleye is surely not that of the Soleye family alone. It’s our father that has just passed and we must all prepare to be part of his rites of passage,” the statement said.

Dr Soleye is survived by his wife, Mrs Modupe Womiloju Soleye, and four children – Olamide Soleye, Abimbola Fadimu, Oluwafunmilakin Soleye and Eyitayo Soleye – grandchildren and great-grandchild.

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