A newly installed Permanent Secretary in the service of Ogun State government, Mrs Betty Olubunmi Odumusi, yesterday died in her sleep less than 48 hours after she was sworn in.
Late Odumusi was among 14 new Permanent Secretaries sworn-in Thursday by Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State.
It was gathered that the deceased was in the United States of America for medical treatment of cancer when she was promoted and flew home to attend the swearing in.
She however, came to the event which took place at the Oke-Mosan governor’s office on a wheel Chair.
Relatives of the deceased, who confirmed the death, said she died after being treated at both local and foreign hospitals at a huge financial cost.
Mrs. Odumusi, a journalist, joined the civil service and rose to the position of director in the state Ministry of Information and Strategy.
As news of her passing-on spread yesterday, sympathisers thronged the family home at Sam Ewang Estate in Abeokuta.
Her heartbroken husband wept uncontrollably, clasping the body of his departed wife before her remains was later taken to the Neuro Psychiatric Hospital, Aro, in the state capital.
A family source said Mrs. Odumusi went to bed on Friday, but failed to wake up in the morning.
The state government in a release signed by the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Amosun, Juwon Soyinka, described the deceased as a hardworking and dedicated civil servant.
The statement reads, “A career civil servant, described by colleagues as “hardworking, conscientious and dedicated,” the late Odumusi had served the Ogun State government for 31 years before her death, aged 57.
“Ogun State Governor, Senator IbikunleAmosun, while commiserating with the Odumusi family, prayed for the repose of the soul of the departed.
“The governor also prayed that the good Lord grants the husband of the deceased, her children and colleagues she left behind in the state civil service “the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”
A former governor of the state, OtunbaGbenga Daniel who described the deceased as a gem, said her passage was a painful loss at a time when her promotion was being celebrated.
Daniel, in a message sent through WhatsApp application, said, “I join others in commiserating with the families of MrsOlubunmiOdumusi.
“I have a vivid recollection of her as one of the very hard working Directors who bought into the vision of our administration quite early.
“She was very active in the Regional Master Plan of the state which we did and was one
of the topmost advocate of the Master Plan.
“Ogun State service has indeed lost a gem and my prayer is that God in his mercies will grant the family the grace to bear this painful loss at a time when they should be celebrating her promotion.”