The Ekiti state Governor, His Excellency, Mr Biodun Abayoi Oyebanji has approved the appointment of Mrs Olusola Oluwaseunfunmi Gbenga-Igotun a permanent secretary in a his bid to strengthen the leadership of the state civil service and reposition if for greater service delivery.
Mrs. Olusola Gbenga-Igotun was born in the early 1970s in Akure, Ondo State, Mrs. Olusola Gbenga-Igotun’s roots trace back to the Odo Oja Quarters in Otun Ekiti, and her mother is Lady Evangelist Eunice Omonike Badmos, a Princess from Afin Akoko. Her upbringing in a family with rich heritage and strong values laid the foundation for her remarkable journey.
Fondly known as “Sola,” her educational path began at Ebenezer African Primary School in Odo Ona Ibadan and later St. John C.A.C. Primary School in Oke Igan Akure. She continued her studies at the prestigious St. Louis Grammar School Akure, successfully passing her Senior Secondary Examination in 1990.
Driven by a thirst for knowledge, Sola pursued higher education at the then Ondo State University, now Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti. Here, she obtained her first degree in Yoruba Studies, showcasing her passion for preserving and promoting her cultural heritage. Her academic pursuits didn’t stop there; she earned Masters degrees in Public Administration and Social Works from Ekiti State University.
In the year 2000, Sola entered the service of Ekiti State as an Administrative Officer and has since contributed her expertise to various Ministries, Departments, and Agencies of the Government. Her professional journey has taken her through esteemed establishments such as the Ministry of Commerce, Investment and Cooperative, Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, General Administration Department Civil Service Commission, Pension Commission, State Independent Electoral Commission, Ministry of Education Science and Technology, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Health and Human Services, and the Ministry of Finance & Economic Development, to name a few.
Throughout her career, Sola has demonstrated exceptional leadership and dedication. Serving as Secretary on numerous panels and committees, she has been an integral part of various critical initiatives, including investigations on diverted funds, chieftaincy matters, and the creation of Local Council Development Areas in Ekiti State. Her outstanding contributions have garnered recognition from the State Government, earning her commendation letters and prestigious awards such as the “Best Civil Servant in category 1 of the State Civil Service” in 2013.
Beyond her professional achievements, Sola has been celebrated at the national level, receiving an award of Productivity and Excellence from the National Productivity Centre in Abuja in 2020. The Ministry of Justice also honored her with an award of Excellence in 2022, further attesting to her impact and contributions.
Sola’s passion for personal development led her to become a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration of Nigeria (FPA) and a Full Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management, among other affiliations. Currently, she proudly serves as the Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria Ekiti State Branch, where she continues to champion excellence in the field.
Amidst her busy schedule, Sola finds solace in singing and reading. She is also deeply connected to her faith and serves as a Pastor in the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries. Alongside her husband, Mr. Gbenga-Igotun, Sola cherishes a blessed union that has been enriched with the love of their wonderful children.
Mrs. Olusola Gbenga-Igotun’s journey is a testament to the power of determination, knowledge, and service. As we celebrate her accomplishments, we are inspired by her commitment to excellence and unwavering dedication to making a positive impact in her community and beyond.