How Rotimi Fashakin Passed On While Studying Law at Buckingham University, England

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“….. Segun Adeniyi says he was a pleasant and without any doubt, a Nigerian patriot.”

The immediate past Executive I found him to be pleasant and without any doubt, a Nigerian patriot. Operations at the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Engr. Rotimi Fashakin died in the United Kingdom Saturday 24 September 2022.

He was  NIMASA’s Executive Director from 2016 to March 2020.

A statement issued by one of the deceased’s siblings, Emmanuel Fashakin, reads: “With a heavy heart, and profound sorrow, I wish to inform you of the death of our brother, husband, father, Engr Joseph Rotimi Fashakin, MNSE, former Executive Director at NIMASA, at Buckingham, England on Saturday, September 24, 2022. He was 59 years old. 

“He is survived by his widow, Mrs Busola Fashakin, Asst Comptroller of Immigration and children, James Toluwalase Fashakin, Daniel Ayomide Fashakin and Sarah Fashakin.”

According to family sources, Fashakin was, until his death, studying Law at the University of Buckingham, and was billed to graduate in December.

The late Fashakin was a spokesman of the now defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) – one of the legacy parties of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

In his short tribute in his column published in newspot of Thursday 29 September 2022, Segun Adeniyi wrote:  “My column, ‘Squandermania Nigeria Unlimited!’, published on this page exactly two weeks ago, dwelt on the multibillion floating dry dock acquired by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) that has lain idle since it was delivered to the country in 2018. In that piece, which speaks to waste and mismanagement of scarce resources, I referenced the explanation once provided by a former NIMASA Executive Director, Operations, Mr Rotimi Fashakin on the issue. The next day, Fashakin called me from the United Kingdom where he said he was studying for a degree in Law. He commended my piece and shared further insights with me about the floating dry dock, the challenge of public sector in Nigeria and his own frustrations. It was a long and very enlightening conversation that dovetailed into career, family and life generally. One can then imagine my shock to learn on Monday that Fashakin is no more. I met Fashakin in person only once and that was many years ago at the Abuja residence of the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai during a Ramadan fast-breaking Iftah. But we spoke occasionally on phone. Once in a while, whenever he read anything in my column that attracted his attention, even if he did not agree with my submission, he would call. I found him to be pleasant and without any doubt, a Nigerian patriot. May God comfort Fashakin’s family. “

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