Osun state Governor, Gboyega Oyetola clocks 65. ….His Biography
Gboyega Oyetola was born in Iragbiji, Boripe Local Government Area of Osun. He attended Ifeoluwa Grammar School in Osogbo for his secondary school education which he completed in 1972. He proceeded to the prestigious University of Lagos where he bagged a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Insurance in 1978. Oyetola capped his illustrious education pedigree with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 1990 at the same University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos.
He had his mandatory one year National Youth Service between 1978 and 1979, at Potiskum, in the present day Yobe State, where he lectured at the Staff Training Centre.
In 1980, he joined Leadway Assurance Company Limited as Area Manager and worked there till 1987. He took another step by taking his expertise to Crusader Insurance Company Limited as Underwriting Manager between 1987 and 1990. He moved again in 1990 to Alliance and General Insurance as Technical Controller and served in that capacity until 1991.
However, he took a giant step in 1991 by establishing his own Company, Silvertrust Insurance Brokers Limited. He was the Managing Director since its founding until his appointment as Chief of Staff in 2011. His other forays in business include Executive Vice-Chairman, Paragon Group of Companies which has interest in Oil and Gas, Mining and Real Estate from 2005 until 2011. He was also Chairman of Ebony Properties Limited. He had been a Director of Pyramid Securities Limited, until 2011, among other business interests, before his appointment as Chief of Staff.
Gboyega Oyetola is a pronounced Technocrat as well as a progressive politician. He was a founding member of Alliance for Democracy (AD) in the state of Osun and has been a chieftain of the party through its metamorphosis to Action Congress (AC), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and now All Progressives Congress (APC). Also, he has assisted the party nationally, particularly in the State of Osun. Gboyega Oyetola was the Chief of Staff to the Governor, State of Osun, Rauf Aregbesola before he was elected Governor of the state in 2018
He is an effective grassroots mobiliser. He’s a philanthropist of note, many of his gestures are geared towards empowerment through sponsorship of students for university education, without sounding immodest, over 400 persons have been touched via this initiative in the last 25years.
For his public service and philanthropic acts, he has received an array of honours and awards. These include: Distinguished Merit Award by his alma mater, Ifeoluwa Grammar School, Osogbo, February 2014; The Guardian Award for Exceptional Chief of Staff in the Federation 2017; Distinguished Award of Excellence in Public Administration by Nigeria Union of Journalists, Osun State Council, August 2015.