Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has mourned the passage of Chief (Mrs) Kemi Nelson, a member of the Governance Advisory Council (GAC), the apex leadership body of the state’s All Progressives Congress (APC).
Nelson, a former Executive Director of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund and ex-South-West Zonal Women Leader of the APC, died on Sunday at the age of 66.
She was Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation in the first term of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as Lagos State Governor between 1999 and 2003.
In a statement on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile, Sanwo-Olu described Nelson’s deathas a great loss to the state, especially the ruling party, considering her unique position as one of the great mobilisers in the party.
The Governor described the late Lagos APC Women Leader as a “passionate, trustworthy, committed, extremely loyal politician, leader, women advocate and an invaluable asset to APC and Lagos State”.
Sanwo-Olu said: “The death of Chief (Mrs) Kemi Nelson is a painful and big loss to me personally. It is also a great loss to the Governance Advisory Council (GAC), our party, APC, the deceased family and friends.
“I am saddened by the passage of this indefatigable, devoted, loyal, committed, progressive democrat and team player who played remarkable roles in the success of our party at the state, zonal and national levels during her lifetime.
“Chief Kemi Nelson as a consummate politician and committed leader of her people, especially women, contributed immensely to the growth and development of our great party as APC Women Leader in Lagos and South-West. She also did her best for our dear Lagos State during her tenure as Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.
“She will be missed dearly by her family, friends and the entire political class, particularly GAC, chieftains and members of the ruling party across Lagos State and Nigeria.
“I pray that God would grant the soul of our beloved GAC member, Chief Kemi Nelson, eternal rest and comfort to the immediate and political family she left behind”.