Mrs. Grace Isu-Gekpe, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, has condoled with the family and management of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), over the death of its former Sports Director, Mr Akinloye Oyebanji.
Isu-Gekpe, in a letter of condolence issued on Monday in Abuja, said that the deceased had distinguished himself as a sports journalist.
She described Oyebanji as “a quintessential journalist, who displayed uncommon enthusiasm and passion during his meritorious service at the NTA, which spanned 35 years.
“I received the news of his death with shock and profound sadness. His death has definitely robbed Nigeria of one of its finest sports journalists.
“Mr Oyebanji was a role model and a quintessential reporter, who did excellently well as a sports Journalist and a commentator.
“His sudden death is a monumental loss not only to his family and the sports industry, but to Kwara and the nation in general,” she said.
Isu-Gekpe urged his family to take solace in the fact that the deceased lived an exemplary life of service to the nation, which is worthy of emulation.
She prayed God to grant the soul of the deceased eternal rest and grant his family, friends and colleagues the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Edited by Shittu Obassa and Ephraims Sheyin