One Nigeria Historical Diary (episode 16) Life History Of Olusegun Agagu

Late Olusegun Agagu, Former Ondo Governor
Olusegun Kokumo Agagu was born in Okitipupa, Ondo State on 16 February, 1948 into the family of Chief Isaac Olorunfemi Agagu and Mrs. Leah Omopelumi Agagu. His father was a Local Council Chairman in Okitipupa and also the Ojomo of Osooro, the third in the traditional hierarchy of the Osooro Kingdom.

He attended his elementary education at St. Luke’s Anglican School, (now known as St. Paul’s Anglican School) Okitipupa, in 1954. In January 1958, he moved to live with his cousin, Edward Fagbohun in Ibadan, where he continued his primary education at Ebenezer African Church School, Oke-Ado, Ibadan. In 1959 he transferred to Kano in 1959 where he studied at the Ebenezer Methodist School and Baptist Primary School Sabon-Gari, Kano. He then moved back to Ebenezer African Church School, Ibadan where he completed his primary education in 1960. Thereafter, he was in Ibadan Grammar School between January 1961 and 1967 where he passed his West African School Certificate and the Higher School Certificate examinations. He was admitted to the University of Ibadan in 1968 to study Botany but later changed to Geology in which he graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Second Class Upper Division, in 1971. As an undergraduate, his academic record was replete with laurels and prizes.

Agagu went to the University of Texas between 1973 and 1974 for his master's degree in Geology. Returning to Nigeria, he obtained a Ph.D degree in Petroleum Geology from the University of Ibadan in 1978.

Upon graduation, he accepted the appointment to work as a geologist offered by the Gulf Oil Company (now Chevron). After 14 months, he resigned and took up employment at the University of Ibadan as an Assistant Lecturer in Geology. His new job at the university offered half his Gulf Oil salary but Dr Agagu’s love for intellectual rigour spurred him to continue at the University of Ibadan where he sought the opportunity to study for higher degrees.

He taught Geology at the University of Ibadan for 16 years before voluntarily retiring as a Senior Lecturer and Acting Head of Department in 1988, having made up his mind early in life that he would retire from paid employment once he attained the age of 40 years. As an academic and researcher he published several articles in reputable national and international journals and also authored more than 100 technical reports.


His Business

Dr. Olusegun Agagu was a geological consultant to numerous companies and governments including the Governments of Oyo, Ogun, Osun and Ondo States; Shell Petroleum Development Company; Mobil Producing Nigeria; Texaco; Nigeria Agip Oil Company; Lexington Exploration U.S.A and Nitex Exploration U.S.A.

He also established many successful private businesses including a water borehole drilling company, a kaolin mining and processing company and several other mining companies including marble, feldspar and granite in different parts of the country.

Olusegun Agagu


Political Carrier

He was elected Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Nigeria from January 1992 to November 1993 during the Nigerian Third Republic, elected on the Social Democratic Party (SDP) platform. As the Deputy Governor in Ondo State, the combination of his knowledge as a Geologist, resourcefulness and his untiring efforts led to the State becoming an oil producing state, a feat that massively expanded the economic base of the State. He was forced to leave office when the military regime of general Sani Abacha took power.
Agagu was appointed by President Olusegun Obasanjo as his first Minister of Aviation in 1999 and then as Minister for Power and Steel (2000-2002).
Once, while on a foreign trip, the people of Ondo received false reports of his death.
On 29 June 2006 President Olusegun Obasanjo commended him for the work he had done leading Ondo State, saying "You have taken time to plan. We have also seen that the execution of the plan is now showing results."
In September 2008 a Senate Ad-Hoc Committee investigating the Transportation Sector summoned Agagu and others as part of its probe of the entire transportation sector, to answer questions about his tenure as Minister of Aviation
Olusegun Agagu resigned as a Federal Minister in November 2002 to contest the election as Governor of Ondo State on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Nigeria. He won and served Ondo State as Governor from May 2003 to February 2009. As Governor of Ondo State, he ran a clearly transparent, focused, prudent, visionary and efficient administration that led to a visible transformation across all the critical sectors of the State.

Some of the awards and achievements of Ondo State under the leadership of Olusegun Agagu include:

** Best Poverty Alleviation Programme in Nigeria by the UNDP in 2005

** Best zonal performance by Ondo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in 2006 and 2007 from the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBE)

** 2nd best national performance by Ondo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in 2007 from the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBE)

**2nd Cleanest Capital City (Akure) in Nigeria in 2005 by the Federal Ministry of Environment

** Okitipupa LGA and Idanre LGA declared the best run local government in Nigeria

**Designation of Ikaram (Akoko North West LGA) as one of the 3 Millennium Development Goal projects and Akure as one of 10 Millennium Development Cities in Africa by the UN in 2005

**Inclusion of Idanre Hills as a UNESCO World Heritage site

The Death of Agagu

His Death

Dr. Olusegun Agagu passed away on 13 September 2013. His death came as a massive shock to the nation.

On 3 October 2013, a day before his burial, Associated Aviation Flight 361, the plane carrying his corpse together with 13 passengers and 7 crew members, crashed on takeoff from Murtala Muhammed International Airport

He was later buried after the crash scene happened

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