James Emejo in Abuja
The acting Managing Director, Bank of Industry (BoI), Mr. Waheed Olagunju, has lost his father, Alhaji Sanusi Olagunju, at 85.
Pa Olagunju, according to a statement from the family, died on November 27, 2016 after a brief illness.
During his lifetime, the deceased was said to be a veteran broadcaster as well as an accomplished public relations practitioner.
Trained with the English and Hausa Services of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in London in the mid and late 50s, the senior Olagunju, worked with the defunct Nigerian Broadcasting Service (NBS) in Kaduna and the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation(NBC) in Lagos between 1955 and 1965.
He was appointed by Nigeria’s late Prime Minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa in 1965 as the pioneer Public Relations Officer of the Niger Dams Authority, one of the two precursor institutions of the National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) that handled the construction of the Kainji Dam between 1964 and 1969.
The statement said he retired in 1983 as the Public Relations Manager of the defunct NEPA after working meritoriously for almost three decades in the nation’s public service.
The late Olagunju is survived by seven children and many grand children.