Night of Tributes for late Otunba Folarin

Night of Tributes for late Otunba Folarin

By Kathy Kyari 
The late Otunba Olakunle Folarin Sunday was referred to be a "Maritime Repository of Knowledge" by the Honorable Minister of Transportation, Mu'azu Jaji Sambo.

At a night of remembrance for the late Otunba Folarin held at Harbour Point on Victoria Island in Lagos, Sambo paid the tribute to him.

The late icon was praised as a gentleman by the minister, who also said that his passing has taken away a dear friend and a caring character.

"We're here today in honor of and in remembrance of our good colleague Otunba Olakunle Afolarain. The country has lost a marine information resource, a seasoned maritime professional, a voice for the ideal, a very intelligent guy, and most significantly, a friend.

"Death has taken away a truly kind person, a devoted spouse, a father, and a grandfather.

Sambo remembered their final encounter, during which the late legend discussed many contributions made by President Muhammadu Buhari in the maritime sector, while paying tribute to Otunba Olakunle Folarin.

The late maritime legend, according to him, made sensible remarks while speaking with knowledge and sincerity.

"I well recall our last encounter in my office, where he was seated across from me and gleefully discussing the multiple interventions that the administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari may swiftly make to the marine industry.

"He talked with great conviction, wisdom gained over many years, and sincerity of purpose. He had a contagious enthusiasm, a strong sense of conviction, charming humor, and sound advice," he stated.
In memory of the intellectual doyen, Sambo said, a lot is in the pipeline through the ingenuity of the intellectual doyen that will further enhance the dynamics of operation in the country's maritime sector.

"I will see to it that they are brought to fruition and also include those I cannot achieve in the handover note to my successor. 

His entire life was devoted to advancing the marine industry, whether it was by teaching others or offering frank criticism to make sure the sector's goals were upheld. He lived and served well.

Life can be short. A rich life, however, leaves lasting impressions. Otunba won over many people with his charm and propriety.

May the Almighty Allah grant him eternal rest, may his journey to the land of the dead be easy, may his legacy continue, and may his family, whom he left behind, be given the strength to bear the loss."
"May the memory of Otunba be blessed. Godspeed to the maritime sector, Godspeed to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and Godspeed to the seedlings he planted." He said.

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