Prof. Oluwakemi Ayoola, widow of the late Oyo commissioner for environment and natural resources Kehinde Ayoola, has died barely 10 months after the death of her husband.
A professor at the Obafemi Awolowo University’s Institute of Agriculture, Research and Training, the late commissioner’s widow reportedly died on Monday night.
Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde confirmed her death in a statement on Friday.
“I received the news of the death of Professor Oluwakemi Ayoola, wife of my friend and brother, Rt. Hon. Kehinde Ayoola, who died in active service to the state, and I must say that it is painful and sad,” the governor said in a statement signed by his chief press secretary Taiwo Adisa.
“The death of Mrs. Ayoola is particularly painful because it happened at this time when her two sons and the entire family need her the most as a bulwark and support following the death of her husband.
“Her death is equally a loss to the state, because she has risen to the peak of her career as a professor and her wealth of experience would have benefited the state immensely. While commiserating with the family, I also pray to God to grant repose to the soul of Prof. Ayoola and her husband, Rt. Hon. Ayoola.”
Oluwakemi’s husband died at the age of 55 on May, 14, 2020 at a private hospital in Ibadan.