First attempt at public service ends well, thankful, says Laolu Akande, lauds media team

Laolu Akande in pensive mood as he concludes his eight-year service to the nation as Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President. Photo: Statehouse (File)

By Oluwafemi Popoola

Spokesperson of Nigeria’s immediate Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Laolu Akande says he has reflected on his maiden voyage working in Nigeria’s public service for eight years, concluding that it was worth it while expressing gratitude to everyone who worked in the Media Unit of the Office of the Vice President.

Akande’s gratitude is coming following a post he made on Monday, May 29, 2023, on his official Twitter handle @akandeoj, sharing a photo of himself alongside his former principal.

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The caption reads, “Ended my 1st attempt at public service – ie working for govt – today. So I reflected. One stretch of 8 years by a particularly independent, atimes feisty reporter; driven by a STRONG desire to bring out the greatness God has deposited in us as a people. Conclusion is I AM SO THANKFUL”

Akande, who followed up on the same tweet, made a number of posts underneath, today, May 31, 2023, e as he expressed appreciation to his colleagues who worked together alongside him in the Media Strategy Support Team of the office of the Immediate Vice President, Prof. Osinbajo.

Akande also specially appreciated the 25 journalists across the country who had written a book in honour of the past VP, detailing his contributions to the public service, his achievements as VP for eight years and his service to humanity. “Expect more from me. We must tell Nigerians,” Akande declared.

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The full posts read, “Shout-out to my colleagues in Media Unit of the Office of the VP: Laolu B, Ibilola, Tolani, Timmy & Ruky. You guys were simply phenomenal. And kudos to all the civil servants in the unit, especially Mr Abiola, Jude, Mfon, Hassan & everyone else. I learnt a lot working with u all.”

“Then my P.A.-dogged, never say-die Rotimi Akinnadeju, the young man who pioneered d management of Teleprompters for use of the Vice President in the last several years. Rotimi simply performed miracles that many didn’t notice. But those who did never stopped wondering! Kudos man!”

“Also Shout-out to our media strategy support team CoreMembers-your unrelenting dedication to a noble cause & original thinking sustained our work. Seun, Phil, Seyi, Fatima, Liberty, Gloria, Abims, Olums, Bature, Gasper, Maria & Strategy Lead Temi-GOD BLESS YOU. U endured hard work”

“Finally, I must also hail Jude Zoho, who although a trained journalist, posted to our office from NAN, became so versatile not only in news reporting but learnt the ‘art & science’ of Teleprompters and supported that sub-unit with such acumen he developed mastering the work.

“The story of the hard work that the immediate VP of Nigeria, Prof. Osinbajo, SAN inspired & supervised in his areas of assigned responsibilities has been introduced in the outstanding book by 25 journalists & writers: OSINBAJO STRIDES. Expect more from me. We must tell Nigerians.”