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Former Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye Is Dead

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A former Senator representing Ogun East in the National Assembly, Otunba Olabiyi Durojaye, is dead.

Naija News reports the former lawmaker, served from 1999 to 2003, died in the early hours of Tuesday in a Lagos hospital after a brief illness.

Durojaiye was the former chairman of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) and ex-chairman, Board of Commissioners of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

The late politician, who died at the age of 88, was a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Biography

Durojaiye, born in 1933 in Ogun state, studied economics for his bachelor’s degree in London, and also earned an LLB in London.

He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1979, and also graduated from the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos.

Durojaiye worked as a director of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the National Mint.

He also worked with the International Monetary Fund, the Federal Reserve System in the US and the City University London between 1964 and 1982.

Durojaiye, who was an elected Senator for Ogun East was appointed to committees on judiciary, establishment and special projects.

On June 6, 2009, Durojaiye’s wife Florence Adejoke died at 72, in Ikeja — two months after she and her husband had marked their 50th wedding anniversary. They had six children together.

In 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari appointed the former senator as chairman of the governing board of the NCC — a position he held until his removal by the president in 2019.

Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows. Gbenga is an alumnus of the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State and The Polytechnic, Ibadan.