The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has condoled with the family of the late Apostle Hayford Alile.
In a condolence message issued by the governor on Tuesday in Benin City, he said he was deeply saddened by the news of the passing of the former director-general of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and spiritual leader of St. Joseph Chosen Church of God.
Obaseki said: “I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Apostle Hayford Alile, who was a father figure to me and clearly one of the finest personalities in our country.
“Pa Alile was a courageous and incorruptible professional who championed the global outlook for the Nigerian Stock Exchange through several reforms and pioneered the revolutionary ideas which positioned the Exchange for international reckon.
“He contributed significantly to the take-off and growth of the country’s organised private sector, through his visionary leadership on the boards of several leading companies across the country and left a good legacy everywhere he worked.
The governor further said that “Pa Alile was a role model to many of us and we admired how he succeeded in striking a balance between Christian ministry, work and family.
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“In retirement, his foundation, the Hayford Alile Foundation provided succour and empowerment to the under-privileged and gifted, through scholarships, grants and training.”
“We have lost a rare gem in the transition of Pa Alile as a state and nation, but we are consoled by the Godly life he led and the indelible marks he left in the minds and hearts of millions of people.”
Obaseki prayed that “God grants pa Alile’s soul, eternal comfort until we meet to part no more.”