House of Reps member Olaide Akinremi dies at 51

House of Representatives' member Olaide Akinremi

A member of the House of Representatives Olaide Akinremi has died at the age of 51 after a brief illness.

Akinremi, who represented Ibadan North Federal Constituency under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), died on Wednesday.

According to a statement by the spokesperson of the House, Akin Rotimi, the deceased was the chairman of the House Committee on Science Research Institutions.

The statement said, “Until his demise, the Oyo legislator was a dedicated public servant known for his unwavering commitment to the development of his constituency and the country at large. His passion for service, coupled with his deep understanding of the needs and aspirations of his people, earned him the endearing title of ‘Jagaban.’

“Throughout his tenure, he was a staunch advocate for policies and initiatives that promoted social welfare, economic growth, and scientific research. His contributions to legislative debates and his active participation in committee activities were a testament to his dedication and hard work.

“Akinremi was as much a grassroots politician as he was an astute statesman who leveraged his goodwill and network of relationships to attract a positive impact to the people of his constituency. He built friendships by being intentional about reaching out and sending goodwill messages to all colleagues at special occasions, fostering camaraderie and unity within the House.

“As a ranking member, Rep. Akinremi had keen institutional memory and was a mentor to many first-time parliamentarians, guiding them with wisdom gained from his extensive experience in legislative affairs.”

The statement said the Speaker Tajudeen Abbas expressed sadness over the loss.

“Rep. Akinremi Olaide Adewale was a beacon of dedication and service. His contributions to our legislative work, especially in the area of science and research, were invaluable. His passing is a great loss to the House, his constituency, and the nation. We will miss his leadership, wisdom, and the unique passion he brought to his work,” Abbas was quoted as saying.