Gbenga Aluko: his life and death

Gbenga Aluko,

Senator Daniel Olugbenga Aluko, son of the late economics professor Sam Aluko, died of a heart attack on Saturday, November 20, 2021 in Abuja.
Aluko, who was a senator from Ekiti South constituency between 1999 and 2003, collapsed and died after being rushed to hospital.

Aluko was born on July 20, 1963 to Professor Sam Aluko, originally from Ode in Ekiti State in Nigeria. Olugbenga Aluko attended Federal Government College in Ilorin, then was admitted to the University of Benin, where in 1982 he obtained a degree in geography and land use planning. He continued his studies at the College of Energy and Petroleum Studies in Oxford, England, to take a postgraduate course in international petroleum trade and pricing. Positions held between 1983 and 1999 included Managing Director / CEO of HYGYNIX, Executive Director of Baseline Petroleum and Chemicals and Executive Chairman of Independent Strategists. He was appointed Special Assistant to the Minister of Transport and Aviation and Managing Director of Nigeria Shipper’s Council from 1993 to 1999.
After serving in the Senate in June 1999, Aluko was appointed to the Committees of Selection, Senate Services (Vice President), Aviation, Women’s Affairs, Finance and Appropriation, Social Development and sports and local and foreign debt. He was appointed Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate. Later, he was appointed vice chairman of the gas committee and chairman of the petroleum committee. Aluko was opposed to plans to privatize the Nigerian Mint. He was appointed chairman of an ad hoc committee to investigate the controversial closure of Savannah Bank by the Central Bank of Nigeria. In September 2002, he supported a motion to create an ad hoc committee to investigate alleged constitutional and budgetary violations committed by President Olusegun Obasanjo, which could constitute grounds for impeachment. In October 2002, Aluko replaced Oserheimen Osunbor as chairman of the Senate Committee of the Independent National Electoral Commission.
After leaving the Senate, Aluko continued in private business, holding a controlling stake in Alstegg and Midlands, a civil engineering firm and was director of Crest Healthcare, consultant to DFID on parliamentary matters and director of government affairs. at Chevron Nigeria.
Aluko is survived by his wife, Sileola and five children, including footballers Eniola and Sone.

Her family philosophy was provided by her late father in the following piece:

Value system: the day my father asked me where I had a new car

By Sam Aluko

Shortly after returning from Britain in 1959, with a doctorate in economics, I returned home to visit my parents. My wife and I were driven to the village in our new car which we bought with money provided by the Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology, Ibadan, who was then my employer.

Professor Sam Aluko

After being welcomed by my family and the whole village community and having retired to our room, my father and mother quietly entered the room, called me and asked me very calmly but firmly how , so soon after arriving from England I was able to own a car. ‘*

They feared that I would defile the family by owning a vehicle beyond my financial capacity. When I told them that it was the FG who bought the car from me, to reimburse the cost over time, and that even my wife was also entitled to a similar facility so that we could have two cars, if we wanted it, but for modesty, we decided to have one, they were greatly relieved.

They did not want any allegations of corruption against me and against the family that gave birth to me. And it was one of the smallest cars of that time. Now, in the same village, some of my family poo me because I came to the village in a Peugeot family car while even junior officials and those with minor political office ride in the last Jeeps, Mercedes Benz and other cars. ordinary. ‘

Few Nigerians today care about the source of wealth or the wealth of their Nigerian compatriots. The honored and the honorable are those who have money and possessions. Honesty is no longer the best policy.

* The late Professor Sam Aluko on Corruption and National Development, Bala Usman’s 2008 Memorial Lecture at CEDDERT. Zaria, May 31, 2008