Former Minister of Science and Technology in the Second Republic, Senator Olubode Olowoporoku, has died.

Senator Olowoporoku according to sources died in the early hours of Thursday, after a brief illness.

Olowoporoku studied Economics at the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, in 1970 and attained Ph.D. in Economics at the Manchester University, England in 1976.

He was appointed as High School Teacher in Akure, present capital of Ondo State in 1970; Junior Research Fellow, Institute of Administration, University of Ife, 1971 to 1972; Junior Research Fellow and Post-graduate Student, Manchester University, 1972 to 1976; Lecturer, Economic Development/Economic Planning, University of Ife, 1976 to 79.

Olowoporoku began his political career as Commissioner for Economic Planning in the old Ondo State, between 1979 and 1981

He was making the agitators for the creation of Ekiti State in 1996 and his contributions to the creation of Ekiti State can not be over-emphasised.

He was the governorship candidate of the All Peoples Party, APP, in Ekiti State, in 1999, at the advent of the ongoing democratic experiment.

Olowoporoku represented Ekiti South senatorial district between 2003 and 2007, under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.


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