Governor of the State of Osun, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, has felicitated his Chief of Staff, Dr Charles Diji Akinola, on the occasion of his 65th birthday celebration, describing him as a loyal and dependable ally.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, the governor said he is happy to be associated with the development expert, scholar and public servant on his birthday anniversary.
Oyetola said: “On behalf of my family, the government and good people of the State of Osun, I felicitate with my friend and Chief of Staff, Dr Charles Diji Akinola on the auspicious occasion of your 65th birthday anniversary. I thank God for your life and for letting you reach this age.
“You have been a loyal and dependable ally. I am happy to be associated with you and proud of your accomplishments in both private and public life. Indeed, your life is worth celebrating.
“You have no doubt brought to bear your knowledge, expertise and rich experience in your position as my Chief of Staff and added value to our administration. We appreciate your robust service to our dear State and country at large.
“It is our prayer that God Almighty will continue to bless, guide, protect and grant you longer life as you continue to contribute to the growth and development of Osun and Nigeria.”
Dr Charles Diji Akinola is a development expert, scholar and consultant who has at different times worked with state governments, federal government agencies and multilateral institutions like the World Bank, USAID, UK Department for International Development and Ford Foundation.
Akinola, a Salzburg Fellow, is also a Mason Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Fellow at the Harvard Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA) where his work focused on Innovation for Economic Development.
Prior to his current appointment as the Chief of Staff to the Governor of Osun, Dr. Akinola served as the Director General, Office of Economic Development and Partnerships between 2010 and 2018. He also chaired the State’s Planning Commission, working with leading development partners to deliver sustainable development in the State.