Former Gov. Bola Tinubu of Lagos on Saturday eulogised the late Director-General, Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN), Dipo Famakinwa, saying that he contributed much to the economic integration of South-West states.In a condolence message in Lagos, Tinubu, a National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said that Famakinwa’s death was a blow to the regional integration efforts.
Famakinwa died on Friday morning at the age of 51.
”The death of Dipo Famakinwa left me distraught. Leaving us at such a young age of 51 is unpleasant, but his was an eventful life. He lived a life of mission.
”He pursued that mission with vigour.
“ Dipo was a partner, soul mate, fellow advocate and foot-soldier for economic integration of the states in the South-West Geopolitical Zone for the development of the region.
“He breathed life into that economic integration initiative. He was busy arranging the building blocks for the realisation of that ideal.
” He set a huge task for himself at DAWN and was working on this with all his energy. I learnt that he had to be forced recently to take a short leave after working ceaselessly over the years at DAWN,” he said.
According to Tinubu, the Yoruba race has lost a strategist and an organiser.
“His death is a loss not only to his family, the DAWN Commission and Yoruba race, but also to Nigeria.
”The academic world also lost because Dipo was very cerebral and serious-minded.