Mrs. Olubunmi Odumusi, a permanent secretary in the Ogun State civil service has died barely 48 hours after being sworn into office.
Relatives Mrs Odumusi said died after a prolonged battle with cancer, despite undergoing both in local and foreign hospitals; at a huge financial cost.
Mrs. Odumusi, a journalist, joined the civil service and rose to the position of director in the state Ministry of Information and Strategy.
She was in the United States of America for medical treatment 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.
As news of her passing spread Saturday, sympathisers thronged the family home at Sam Ewang Estate in Abeokuta.
Her heartbroken husband wept, clasping the body of his departed wife. The body was later taken to the Neuro Psychiatric Hospital.
A family source said Mrs. Odumusi went to bed on Friday, but failed to wake up in the morning.
Reacting to the death, former Governor Gbenga Daniel praised Mrs. Odumusi as a “gem” and said she was very hardworking in his administration.
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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