President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of former Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s Aide, Dr. Isiaka Olayinka Kolawole, as Deputy Executive Secretary (services) at the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).
The appointee has garnered about 30 years professional experience spanning banking, strategic planning, budgeting, economic policy formulation and implementation, fiscal and monetary policy design and general administration at both private and public sectors.
Kolawole was the former Special Adviser to governor on Economic Planning and Budget and was also the State Liaison Officer for the Federal Territory Abuja from 1999 to 2003.
He was also a member of the Presidential Committee on the Development of National integrated Infrastructure Master Plan (NIMP), a Nigerian 30-year Master Plan (2013 – 2043).
This came barely three weeks after another aide of the former governor, Prof. Adeniyi Olowofela, was appointed into the Federal Character Commission.
Kolawole attended Ibadan Grammar School, Ibadan for his secondary education between 1974 and 1979. He obtained a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) degree in Economics with Second Class Honours Upper Division from the prestigious University of Ife now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, in 1988.
Kolawole was admitted to the first Department of Economics in Nigeria at the Nation’s premier university, University of Ibadan, in 1991 where he graduated with a Master of Science (M.Sc) degree in Economics in 1992.
His areas of specialization include Monetary Economics, International Economics and Petroleum & Energy Economics.
In his quest to attain the greatest height in academics, Dr Kolawole proceeded to University of Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, in 2001 and graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degree in Political Economy and Development Studies in 2004. He graduated top of the class with average score of an A in all the courses at the Ph.D level.