By Dayo Joseph

Life is fated no doubt but it’s not wholly ruled by luck. The story of Senator Tayo Alasoadura, the Honourable Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs gives credence to the above saying, as he has been through a turbulent turf with all sense of duty, passion, courage and hard work.

Alash, as fondly called was not born with neither Golden nor Silver but he took his destiny in his hands and soldiered on to attainable pinnacles in career, business and politics. How do you define dedication, hard work,relentlessness and courage if not by the life of a man who started his working career as an ordinary Messenger at Ayanfalu Balogun Badejo & Co, a firm of Chartered Accountants in Lagos ,where he rose steadily to the exalted position of the Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of the firm?

As a determined soul, the Honourable Minister didn’t stop at anything that would catapult him to the forefront of his professional calling.

A man who is today a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria; Chartered Institute of Certified Accountants in England; Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria; member of the Institute of Industrial and Corporate Administrators of Nigeria; Member of the Institute of Investment Management and Research of Nigeria; Fellow of the Institute of Public Administrators of Nigeria; Certified Fellow of Public Administrators and Management and the Golden Fellow of the Institute of Strategic Finance and Administration can unarguably be described as a man of worth, and a rare breed of the 21st century professional per excellence.

Alasoadura must have been led by a Divine Hand with his decision to join the Unity Party of Nigeria(U.P.N) which signaled his foray into politics. From Unity Party of Nigeria to Peoples Solidarity Party(PSP),Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) and now, All Progressive Congress (APC), Senator Tayo Alasoadura has been favoured by the strong but merciful hand of God to weather his political storms with great triumphs. From being a ward chairman of the Solidarity Party of Nigeria (Iju Chapter) to being the first Deputy National chairman of the PDP. He was also the Chairman, National reconciliation committee for Lagos state PDP. He became a commissioner for Finance and Planning under the Agagu led administration. He became a senator under the platform of the APC.

While it has pleased God to use Senator Tayo Alasoadura as one of the privileged Nigerians who would work with President Buhari to restore the dignity of this country, he was chosen to represent Ondo State as a Minister in the Federal Executive Council as minister of State for Labour and Employment.

Today, Senator Tayo Alasoadura has been redeployed to the Niger Delta Ministry as Honourable Minister (State).

He will work with his colleague in the 8th Senate, His Excellency Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio in the same ministry.

Whenever the name Tayo Alasoadura comes to our mind, we cannot but think of a man who has enjoyed an uninterrupted grace of God in whatever he does.

As a result of his age long penchant for hard work, courage, probity and service, no doubt, the Honourable Minister will leave a lasting footprint that will wow Nigerians in his new appointment.