30 January 2013

Nigeria: Fashola to Grace Ositelu's Service of Songs

Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos State will lead members of the State Executive Council to the service of songs which will be held for the late veteran sports journalist, administrator and politician, Deacon Elijah Ayodele Ositelu today at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.

he late Ositelu died at a Lagos hospital on 7 January at the age of 69. Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Sports Endowment Fund, LSSEF, Babatunde Bank-Anthony, says Governor Fashola will spare time to grace the service of songs that will also see Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Lagos state chapter, Archbishop George Amu leading other religious leaders from the catholic, Anglican, Methodist and the Church of the Lord, Aladura to the event.

Also expected are members of the Lagos State House of Assembly, especially those of the Local Government and Sports Committees with Surulere Local Government Chairman, Tajudeen Ajide Yussuf leading his officials as part of the chief mourners alongside his Ejigbo Local Council Development Area (LCDA) chairman, Kehinde Bamgbetan, also a veteran journalist.

Bank-Anthony disclosed that top sports officials of the Lagos State Sports Council (LSSC) will accompany members of the Endowment Fund to which Ositelu served till he departed early this month at the event, which will hold at the Chief Molade Okoya-Thomas Indoor Sports Hall.

Archbishop Amu was a schoolboy international like Ositelu in the 60s where he was a foremost defender for Saint Gregory's College, Lagos, while the departed fondly called "The ARENA" because of his incisive column on boxing, tennis and football for over three decades kept goal for Igbobi College.

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