Dr Lekan Are, foremost Nigerian Agronomist and Director of top Nigerian newspaper, The Punch, dies on Saturday after a brief illness.
The businessman and a respected citizen Are. dies at age 86 at about 12:30 am at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State, a family member confirmed his death to PUNCH.
Makinde in his condolence message described Are’s death as a loss to the country at large and specifically to the education sector and the media industry.
Makinde wrote, “We are deeply saddened by the news of the demise of a respectable elder statesman and an industrialist per excellence, Dr Lekan Are.
“His demise at this critical period in the life of our nation, when economic indices appear not to be adding up, is a huge loss, given his laudable contributions to the growth of several sectors.
“As a state, we will particularly miss Dr Are’s inimitable contributions to the development of one of our iconic secondary schools, Government College Ibadan.
“We are equally proud of his contributions that have made PUNCH newspaper the leading light in the media sector.
“On behalf of the government and the good people of Oyo State, I commiserate with the Are family, the GCIOBA family, PUNCH newspaper and other associates and pray that the Good Lord grants them the fortitude to bear the loss.”
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