THE first Nigerian Mining Engineer, Dr. Ezekiel Adekunle Ifaturoti has passed away on February 24, 2009 at the age of 88.
The deceased was born on October 16, 1920, in Epe, Lagos State into the family of late Prince Emmanuel Adegbola Ifaturoti and his wife, Christianah Aina Ifaturoti ( nee George.)
Pa Ifaturoti attended many schools, including Christ School, Ado-Ekiti, Methodist Boys School, Uzuakoli and Government College, Ibadan.
He had a brief working experience with Shell Company Nigeria Limited, before moving to University of Glasgow, Scotland, where he obtained a degree in mining engineering, becoming the first Nigerian to obtain such degree.
The deceased later joined the Federal Civil Service and worked in several parts of the country, before he eventually retired as the Chief Inspector of Mines, Federal Ministry of Mines and Power in 1969.
After retirement, he set-up a consultancy firm, and became the Chairman of African Petroleum Plc; Amalgamated Tin Mines Company; Ajaokuta Iron Ore Smelting Company and Denham Management Limited.
The Ilesa-born engineer was a one-time member of the Governing Council, University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), a member of the Nigerian Mining & Geosciences Society (NMGS) and, also, the Pioneer Chairman of the Council of Nigerian Mining Engineers & Geoscientists (COMEG).
Since his peaceful death, eminent Nigerians have thronged his ‘ROCK HAVEN’ home in Ilesa to offer their condolences to the bereaved family.
Among the visitors were; the Honourable Minister for Petroleum Resources, retired Supreme Court Justice, Kayode Eso, Osun State Deputy Governor, Erelu Olusola Obada and a delegation of the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society.
He is survived by his wife Tinuola, children, many grand-children and great grand-children
His burial arrangements hold this week Thursday and Friday, March 26 and 27, 2009.
By SHINA ABUBAKAR