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Gov. Sanwo-Olu’s aide, Gboyega Soyannwo dies at 55

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The Governor’s aide died on Wednesday after a brief illness at the age of 55.

A statement signed by the commissioner for information and strategy, Gbenga Omotoso said: “With deep sorrow, the Lagos State Government announces the passing of the Deputy Chief of Staff (DCoS) to Mr Governor, Gboyega Soyannwo.

“Soyannwo died today after a brief illness. He was 55. Mr. Governor, @jidesanwoolu, on behalf of the Government and people of Lagos, sends his condolences to the Soyannwo family.

“I have lost a brother and a servant of the people,” Mr Governor said while breaking the news at the Executive Council (EXCO) meeting, After a minute’s silence in respect of the late DCoS, Mr Governor ended the EXCO meeting. The late Gboyega Soyannwo is survived by a wife and two children. May his soul rest in peace.”

Soyannwo was born on 3rd October 1968. He had his primary education at the Corona School Victoria Island, Lagos from 1974-1980 and his secondary education at the prestigious Kings College, Lagos from 1980-1985.

He thereafter proceeded to the Federal School of Arts & Science for his A-Levels which he completed in 1987.

He thereafter sought and was granted admission into the University of Lagos from where he graduated in 1992 earning a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc. Hons.) Degree in Economics. Soyannwo also holds an MBA (General Management) from the revered Lagos Business School.

Soyannwo started his career at the Central Bank of Nigeria in 1992 as a Youth Corp member.

He subsequently worked in the following institutions where he served in various capacities: Financial Services Consultants Limited, STACO Insurance Plc., and National Bank Of Nigeria Limited (now WEMA Bank Plc). Zenith Bank Plc. and Oceanic Bank International Plc (now Eco Bank Plc.), where he left in December 2009 as the Group Head of Commercial Banking to join the First Class Group Limited as Director of Finance and Strategy.

He was Deputy Chief of Staff (DCOS) to the Lagos State Governor (2019 – 2023).

He was re-appointed as the Deputy Chief of Staff (DCOS) to the Governor of Lagos State on June 8, 2023.

Gboyega is married to Yewande Soyannwo and they are blessed with children.

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