Yetunde Onanuga @ 57: An exemplary portrait of leadership

57 years ago, in the rustic town of Aparaki,  via  Ijebu Igbo in Ijebu-North Local Government, a pretty girl destined to be an excellent achiever in both the civil and public service, nay politics, was added to the teeming illustrious sons and daughters of the Ogun State, through the family of Late Pa. and Late Mrs. Fabamwo of blessed memories.

The little girl’s journey to the top started when her parents, who believed in the education of the girl-child, even at that time, enrolled her in Wesley School, Ode-Remo and later St. Paul’s Anglican School, Idi-Oro, Mushin Lagos. After a scintillating secondary school education at Reagan Memorial Baptist Girl’s Secondary School, Yaba, Lagos, young Yetunde Abosede was admitted to Lagos State College of Science and Technology, now Lagos State Polytechnic, where she studied Business Administration. Not done with her quest for knowledge, she was again at Ogun State University, Ago-Iwoye, now Olabisi Onabanjo University for a Masters Degree in Business Administration.

Chief (Mrs.) Yetunde Onanuga, who is happily married to an Ijebu -Ode High Chief and a successful business tycoon, Otunba (Giwa) Abiodun Onanuga, had all along, become a trail blazer as an administrator with the Lagos State Civil Service. She was the Director of Finance and Administration in the Ministry of Environment when the eagle eye of Senator Ibikunle Amosun, who has a knack for spotting excellence when he sees one, invited her to be his deputy for the onerous task of completing his “Mission To Rebuild the State”.
Truly, with the wealth of experience acquired over the years, the amazon, since her assumption of office in the last two and half years, has proven to be a worthy Deputy Governor with a clear mind set for exemplary leadership and unalloyed loyalty, both to the government and importantly the good people of the State.

Nigerian politics is replete with history of deputy governor in the mould of the treacherous Judas Iscariot, who never batted an eye lid before exchanging his Master for a few shillings. Rather than seeing her vantage position as an opportunity to rub shoulder and rock the ship of the hardworking governor, Mrs. Onanuga has continued to see the Governor as the Captain of the ship and herself as the Co-Captain, deeply committed to steering the ship of mission to rebuild safely to the harbor.

In addition to her numerous roles as the number two citizen, Her Excellency also supervises the Ministry of Rural Development, where she has been using her dexterity and acumen to further contribute to the greatness of the State. Chief (Mrs.) Onanuga had represented the Governor at many occasions and has acted twice as the Governor of the State while her boss, Governor Amosun, was away in foreign countries searching for investors, without any story of palace coup flying about.

These rare qualities of exemplary leadership and loyalty was the focus of the Governor while rejoicing with his Deputy as she turned 57years recently.

Governor Amosun described her as a very resourceful, reliable, dependable and energetic Deputy Governor, whose deep commitment and loyalty has assisted his government to further deliver on his promise to leave the State far better than he met it.
The celebration, held at the Executive Chamber of the Governor’s Office, was witnessed by the Governor’s wife, Dr. (Mrs.) Olufunso Amosun, the Celebrant’s husband, Otunba (Giwa) Abiodun Onanuga, the Secretary to the State Government, Barr. Taiwo Adeoluwa, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Tolu Odebiyi, Head of Service, Mr Abayomi Sobande and other members of the State cabinet.

Mrs. Onanuga’s motherly affection towards people all around her is one other commendable attribute of this energetic woman that must never be swept under the carpet as we celebrate her. She is always willing to share the little she has with the people. Mama as she is fondly called is a strong believer in the principle of being one’s brother’s keeper as this she always insisted, would make the world a better place to live in.
Chief (Mrs.) Yetunde Abosede Onanuga is one of the founding members of Sisters Unite for Children now called Child Upliftment Association, a Non- Governmental Organisation, catering for abandoned and street children in the society. She is a member of many professional bodies, including Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered).

FEMI OLAYINKA is the head of the Press Unit, Office of the Ogun State Deputy Governor, Abeokuta.

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