A permanent secretary in the Ogun State civil service has died barely 48 hours after being sworn into office, Premium Times reports.
Olubunmi Odumusi died in her sleep on Friday night at the age of 57, according to her family said.
Before her death, the deceased had a prolonged battle with cancer which she paid huge sums of money to treat in both local and foreign hospitals.
Odumusi, a journalist, joined the civil service and rose the position of director in the state Ministry of Information and Strategy.
She was undergoing treatment in the United States of America when she received the news of her promotion as Permanent Secretary. She flew back to attend the inauguration and attended the event on wheelchair on Thursday.
Following the news of her death, sympathisers thronged the family home at Sam Ewang Estate in Abeokuta.
A family source said Odumusi went to bed on Friday, but failed to wake up in the morning.
Reacting to the death, former Governor Gbenga Daniel praised Odumusi as a “gem” and said she was very hardworking in his administration.
”I join others in commiserating with the families of Mrs Olubunmi Odumusi. I have a vivid recollection of her as one of the very hardworking Directors who bought into the vision of our administration quite early,” Mr. Daniel said.
“She was very active in the Regional Master Plan of the state which we did and was one of the topmost advocate of the Master Plan. Ogun State service has indeed lost a gem and my prayer is that God in his mercies will grant the family the grace to bear this painful loss at a time when they should be celebrating her promotion. Adieu,” the former governor wrote.
A former Information Commissioner, Doyin Ogunbiyi, who worked closely with the deceased, lamented the loss and expressed shock over the incident.
“She replied my congratulatory message oo yesterday …so sad. She was one of my trusted and hardworking staff as Commissioner in the Ministry of Information Youth Sports and Culture then, also Mrs Yetunde Kujore and Barr Demola Badejo..These trio were most efficient and reliable…,” she said.
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