The Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, Honourable members and staff of the Assembly are bereaved. They lost one of their own, the Chief of Staff to the Hon. Speaker, Mr. Olusegun Idowu Olusesi (JP). He was 55.
Mr. Olusesi died on Sunday, October 27, 2013, in far away United States of America (USA), where he had gone for the treatment of prostate cancer.
ENCOMIUM Weekly gathered he had been battling the ailment for 13 years and was rushed on a wheel chair early this year to USA when the ailment became complicated. He was said to have been treated and was already recuperating well.
We gathered that a week before his death, he had called the Speaker, informing him of his plan to return to work something in November. He was buried on Saturday, November 9, 2013, at Raleigh Memorial Park, 7501, Gleenwood Avenue, Raleigh NC, USA.
Before his burial, a service of songs and funeral were held in his honour at Lea Funeral Home Chapel, 25000 Poole Road, Raleigh NC, USA, on Friday, November 8, and Saturday, November 9, 2013, respectively.
He was survived by his wife, Mrs. Kofoworola Olusesi and three children – Ikeoluwapo Olusesi (daughter), Ewatomi Olusesi (daughter) and Boluwatife Olusesi (son).
Late Mr. Olusegun Idowu Olusesi was not only Chief of Staff to the speaker, he was his close confidant. Their friendship started from their secondary school days at Epe Grammar School, Epe, Lagos, where late Olusesi was a year ahead of Rt. Hon. Adfeyemi Ikuforiji in class.
He was a graduate of Political Science from University of Ife, Ile Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), 1984, International Relations (Public Policy), University of Lagos, Akoka, 1986. He was a Foreign Affairs Officer in the Federal Ministry of External Affairs between 1987 and 1997. He was in charge of Consular and Economic Matters at Embassy of Nigeria, Buenos Aires, Argentina with concurrent accreditation to Chile, Peru and Uruguay between 1992 and 1995.
He was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of World Reach Consular and Allied Services, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, when he resigned from public service.
In 2007, he came back to Nigeria from his USA based to support his childhood friend, Rt. Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, in his political career. It was then he was appointed the Speaker’s Chief Of Staff (COS).
– TOLANI ABATTI