Posted by News Express | 29 September 2018 | 8,332 times
Details have emerged of the circumstances surrounding the death of a House of Representatives member, Ms Funke Adedoyin, representing Irepodun/Oke-Ero/Isin/Ekiti Federal Constituency of Kwara State. She died at the age of 56 after about two years battle with cancer.
Her death which occurred Friday afternoon was said to have resulted from cancer complications which she has been battling since 2016.
She was said to have been cured of the disease but suffered a relapse three months ago which led to her traveling to the United States.
She had since returned to the country and was recuperating in Abuja until her death.
It was gathered that in spite of her health challenges before her demise, she was committed to her legislative duties, especially at the Committee level.
Her last known major legislative assignment was during the defence of the 2018 budget estimates of the Nigerian Army. Adedoyin was the Deputy Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Army and headed a sub-committee which undertook a tour of military barracks in the country.
It was gathered that the late lawmaker during the tour of the barracks had complained bitterly about the state of Army barracks across the country and called for urgent measures to address the situation.
The deceased was elected into the Green Chamber in 2015 on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). However, she was among lawmakers, who dumped the ruling party for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), shortly before the National Assembly went on recess in July this year.
Hon. Funke was the daughter of the Chairman, Doyin Group of Companies, Samuel Adedoyin, a famous Nigerian industrialist and entrepreneur, and served as Minister of State for Health during the tenure of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed, has described her death as shocking and devastating. Governor Ahmed in a statement on Friday afternoon by his Chief Press Secretary, Abdulwahab Oba, said the state has lost one of her outstanding representatives.
The governor said the late lawmaker was full of passion to serve her community and uplift the people of her constituency.
Governor Ahmed recalled that Hon. Adedoyin during her stint at the lower chamber attracted federal presence to Irepodun/Isin/Ekiti/Oke-Ero federal constituency and empowered a number of people with a view to uplifting the welfare.
Governor Ahmed commiserated with the immediate family of Adedoyin, her constituents and the entire people of the state over the irreparable lost.
The Governor also sympathised with her colleagues in the House of Representatives, saying that the state would sorely missed her quality representation.
•Additional reports by Saturday Sun.
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