Tribute To Alhaji Hammed Adekunle Adegbite

WHEN does one begin to remember? When does the waving light and shadows of downing consciousness cast their print upon the mind of a child?
Alhaji Hammed Adekunle Adegbite was born on the 4th of August 1946 at Alako’s compound, Boope, Ilobu, in Osun State, to the family of Alfa
Abdul-Kareem Adedokun Adegbite and Madam Awawu Anike Adegbite, Alfa Abdul-Karrem Adegbite who died when the baby was just baely seven months old in 1947.The death of Alfa Abdul-Kareem Adedokun Adegbite led his mother to another phase of life, when she was bequeathed to the younger brother of her late husband, the Late Mallam Raimi Adegbite.In 1953, young Hammed Adegbite started koranic studies and on the 17th day of January 1955, he started his primary education through free and compulsory education initiated by the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo; Hammed Adegbite was known to be the most brilliant pupil. Destiny again made his step father to force him to learn carpentry despite his brilliance in 1959, with his late Master Moses Alabi.Young and focused Hammed Adegbite proceeded to furthering his education in 1960, after being advised by his step father’s neighbour, MR and Mrs.Dairo, despite his step father’s resentment. A man of vision, an achiever, he was at a ripe age when he went back to school,and never gave up as his classmates made a lot of fun of him, but was still focused to remain the best student he was known to be.He later proceeded to St. Pauls Modern School, Ilobu in 1963 where he completed his modern III in 1965. The young, focused and brilliant Hammed finally resigned to fate, when he could not proceed with his education,but felt instead of being idle,better to always go to the library to read newspapers, where he saw vacancies for work.In the Daily times edition of 13th February, 1966 was an advertisement by the Nigeria Railway Corporation, inviting application for admission into apprenticeship training centre, Ebute-Metta, Lagos. Hammed applied and he was shortlisted
to write an entrance examination in Railway office, Ibadan On the 9th May 1966, he went with a friend to St Pauls Modern School, Ilobu. Where his friend collected a letter to one Police officer at Police Provisional Headquarters, Oke-fia Osogbo,the young Hammed quickly inquired from he friend if he could join him in the recruitment and if he would not be screened out without a covering letter and he replied affirmatively that the letter covered the two of the two prospective friends were screened and shortlisted for examination. The screening and examination was for holders of
Modern III Certificate and those who passed would sit for the final examination together with holders of higher grade. After the final examination, brilliant Hammed took the first position, having scored 147 out of 150 marks.All along, Hammed never informed his mother of the recruitment, until the wife of his mother’s brother saw him at Okefia and told his mother, who started crying because there was a belief that joining the police
was the shortest and easiest way to the grave. When the result of the Railway Corporation recruitment came out after three months, young Hammed was already in training at Police College, Ikeja, Lagos. Adekunle graduated at a police constable. He served his father land and worked all over Nigeria and different commands and retired as a Superintendent of Police on the 1st day of December 2001 after serving meritoriously for thirty-five year.While in service, Alhaji Adegbite served his great town, Ilobu, as the Ilobu Descendants’ Union (IDU) National President, for a period of two terms and was presented again for the third term, which had never happened in the history of the union. But due to his good work, the union constitution was amended, but the great achiever bowed out at the end of the second term, because he believed he was not the only a mountain of knowledge. Barely four months after his retirement, he was appointed as a Special Adviser to the then Governor of Osun State Chief
Adebisi Akande. After the expiration of the government, the good people of Ilobu gathered to present Alhaji Hammed Adekunle Adegbite as their flagbearer to contest the post of the Chairman, Irepodun Local Government, but was rigged out by the then Peoples Democratic Party’s government. After all the lost struggled he never relented in his struggle for the success of Ilobu and Osun State indigenes. He vowed not to be alive to see any Ilobu indigene to be cheated by anyone. Oh! what a great loss to the entire citizens of Ilobu and Osun State as a whole.On the 17th day of February 2011, he was sworn in as the Chairman, Caretaker Committee of Irepodun Local Government, to run for a period of six months and on the expiration of his daughter, Adenike Saidat Adegbite, was appointed as the Chairman, Caretaker Committee Irepodun Local Government, to continue the good work of his father. A good son of Ilobu, an unshakeable warrior, an undisputable lion of Ilobu, freedom fighter, the fighter of the
less privilege, a good Samaritan,a philanthropist, a great achiever, mentor of all, an hero and ever-living memorable son of Ilobu, assumed office on the 17th Day February as the Chairman Irepodun Local Government, retired from the office on the 17th day of August and lived to witnessed his
daughter succeeding him and died exactly a month after his daughter succeeded him. What a great loss! We all know Alhaji Adekunle Hammed Adegbite, imparted a lot of knowledge into the life of people, and so many people will live to remember his impart in their life and his struggle and
service to his fatherland. Hammed, we all love you, but your creator loves you most, million years to come, your memory shall remain fresh in the
minds of people of Osun State.
Sun re o Baba wa.

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