IT was a blaze of eulogies from professional colleagues, friends and well-wishers Thursday at the commendation service in honour of the late Director-General of the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA), Dr Timothy Olawale, describing him as hard-working, humble, team player and God fearing, reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)

Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by Director-General of the Lagos State Pensions Commission, Mr Babalola Obilana, described Dr Olawale’s death as most shocking, because it happened while he was in active service. He however took solace in the fact that Olawale lived a fulfilled life worth celebrating.

“On behalf of the government and people of Lagos State, I offer our sincere condolences to the family he left behind, especially his wife and children and members of the NECA family, which he served as DG until his death.

“His contributions to the growth of the association will remain indelible; his passion was not only for the job, but the welfare of workers. His contributions will be greatly missed and I hope his legacies will continue to stand in the pursuit of progress,” the governor said.

In his remark, the President of NECA, Mr Taiwo Adeniyi, described the late Olawale as a bridge builder, seasoned administrator, and industrial relations expert. Adeniyi said that Olawale’s immense contributions to national development could not be easily forgotten.

“No one worked harder than Tim: I mean, he was all over the place; he knew every aspect of his job which is not a surprise since he joined NECA in 2011. He worked his way to become the Director-General in January 2019; he left a mark in all of us; things will never be the same,” he said.

Born on July 19, 1965, Olawale was a consummate human resource management practitioner and accomplished labour and industrial relations professional.

He would be buried on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at his home town in Ogbomoso, Oyo State.

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