By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Monsur Olowopejo
Following protracted battle against high blood pressure and acute ulcer, Special Adviser to Governor Babatunde Fashola on Information and Strategy, Mr. Segun Ayobolu, yesterday formally took his exit from the cabinet of the sate government.
According to Ayobolu, the decision became necessary following his deteriorating health.
At a valedictory session at the SECâ€™s meeting in Lagos, the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Opeyemi Bamidele, who announced the resignation, said it took effect from noon today.
According to Bamidele, the special adviser had discussed his resignation withÂ Governor Fashola, who willingly accepted the reason for the action.
Ayobolu had served in various capacities in the Lagos State government.
Speaking further on his ailments, Ayobolu said he had been facing the medical challenges since 1984, a situation which he said, made him lost one academic session during his studies at the university.
Earlier, while thanking the state government for giving him the opportunity to serve for about 10 years, Ayobolu said it was time for him to seek serious medical attention to the problems.
His words: â€œA few months ago, I sought after the attention of Governor Fashola, which he granted me, in spite of his tight schedule.
â€œI have been contending with high blood pressure and acute ulcer, which I feel was beginning to take its toll on my performance. I need to take care of myself. That is the primary reason why I am resigning.
â€œI come from Kogi State and I know no other state can give me the kind of opportunity Lagos State gave me. That is the uniqueness of Lagos.â€
Fashola, however, apologised to the commissioners who had expressed surprise, saying the resignation became inevitable as a result of his (Ayobolu) failing health.
He expressed regrets that the vacuum Ayobolu had left would be difficult to fill, but noted that the special adviser had played critical roles in the development of his administration.
Fashola said: â€œWe have laboured hard to build a team, his exit will create huge vacuum. It will be unfair for us to continue to ask him to stay when we know the situation. We are committed to exploring the best medical attention to address his problems.
â€œHe has been in the service of the government in the last 10 years and I appreciate the many things he has been doing. This is a demonstration that one cannot be so desperate to hold onto public office in the face of failing health,â€ he said.