Chief Alfred A Popoola (Popee of Kent) joins his ancestors!
The demise of Chief Alfred Adekunle Popoola, was announced a little while ago by his family. A highly accomplished educator, administrator and socialite, the chief easily fell into that category of Supper Perm Secs of the then Western region / Western State
He is survived by several children and grand-children, including a surviving spouse.
Born in Kano, on the 30th October, 1931, Chief Alfred Adekunle Popoola from 1952-1955, worked as a clerk at the Bank of British West Africa (BBWA), now First Bank. He then studied and obtained his structural and civil engineering qualifications in the United Kingdom in 1961. Between 1959 and 1962, he worked as an Assistant Engineer with the Battersea Borough Council in London. He then joined the Western State Service on the 17th of August 1962.
By 1967, and with education very much on his mind, he obtained his teaching qualification at Garnet College, University of London and later, his B.Ed (1974) and M.Ed (1975) qualifications (with distinction), at the Universities of Edmonton and Alberta, Canada, respectively.
He then served in various sectors of Government and parastatals in various capacities, including as Principal, Technical College, Ibadan (later became, The Polytechnic Ibadan), Deputy Chief Inspector of Education, Western State, First Chief Inspector of Education, Ogun State 1976, First Permanent Secretary, Ogun State Liaison Office, Lagos (1978), and went on to serve in various ministries as permanent Secretary, in Ogun State.
Following his retirement on the 25th July, 1984, Chief Alfred Adekunle Popoola was involved in numerous retirement appointments including:-
Appointment by the state Governor, Chief Olusegun Osoba as the chairman of Odeda Local Government.
President Abeokuta Sports Club. President Abeokuta Club.
Selected Committee member by the Alake of Egbaland for sourcing for finance for the New Alake of Egba’s Palace.
Charter President of Abeokuta (Central) Lions Club, Abeokuta Zonal Chairman of Region V, Zone 11 of Lions Club International, District 404, Nigeria.
Taylor Woodrow Prize for best Engineering Student in Middlesex, London in 1958
Honor Roll for Performance in Public Service by my Alma Mater Ibadan Grammar School.
Awarded PHD Honor in Causa by Tampa University, USA
Awarded the St John Church Hackney, London, Music Award for 2013 by the Rector, Rob Wickham, Now Bishop of Edmonton London.
COMMENDATION: Given a letter of commendation in 1982, by the Governor of Ogun State, Chief Bisi Onabanjo for outstanding performance as Permanent Secretary, Financial, Industrial and Investment Division of Governors Office. Ogun State.
Interment takes place on Tuesday 23rd June, 2020 in London, UK
Eternal rest grant him oh Lord