Dr. Olu Agunloye was born to the families of Mr. J. O. Agunloye in Erusu-Akoko and Chief Mrs J. A. Agunloye of the Osuporu family in Owo. He is of royal parental background from Owo Kingdom and Akure Kingdom in Ondo State. He is great grandson of His Royal Majesty, Olowo of Owo, Oba Elewu Okun in Owo as well as great grandson of the Ojomo Uro, also a royal family in Akure.
Dr. Agunloye attended Ondo Boys High School, Ondo from 1961 to 1965 and passed out with Grade 1. He attended the University of Ibadan to read Physics from 1966 to 1970 and graduated with Second Class Upper Division Honours Degree in Physics in June 1970. He was again admitted in July 1970 for postgraduate studies in Department of Physics at the University of Ibadan and Applied Physical Science, University of Reading, UK. He graduated with Ph.D Physics in March 1974.
Throughout his university student’s days – 1966 to 1973, he was a University Scholar at the University of Ibadan and University of Reading, England. He was appointed Lecturer in the Department of Physics, University of Ibadan in March 1974. Thereafter, he obtained a Master’s degree in Applied Geophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, Cambridge, USA in 1976 while still lecturing at the University of Ibadan.
Dr. Agunloye is a man of many parts. He is an erudite Scholar, Scientist, Industrialist, an astute Administrator and Manager, a Technocrat per excellence and an upright Politician.
For 36 years, he rendered public service in Nigeria without any blemish as University Lecturer; Chief Executive of Faagol Instruments Limited; pioneer Corps Marshal and Chief Executive, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC); Chief Executive and Don Langford and Company; Special Assistant to the Honourable Minister of Power and Steel; Special Assistant to the Attorney General of the Federation; Honourable Minister of Defence (Navy); Honourable Minister of Power and Steel and Chief Executive of National eGovernment Strategies.
Under his management between 1988 and 1994, FRSC was easily the most disciplined and efficient Government agency in Nigeria. In addition, he accomplished monumental achievements of international standards such as:
a) Uniform single card National Driver’s Licence,
b) Uniform Vehicle Plate Number System,
c) National Motor Vehicle Administration,
d) Revised Highway Code System.
Dr. Agunloye has made momentous pioneering contributions to the development and implementation of eGovernment programmes in Nigeria relating to:
Bringing Government services closer to the people;
Making Government service delivery more efficient, transparent, accountable and responsive;
Making Government citizen-centred.
In his usual modest and quiet manner, Dr. Agunloye has made worthy personal contributions to emancipation programmes including various scholarships to students in secondary schools, colleges of Education, Polytechnics and Universities and is always ready to support the less privileged. He has been in the fore front of community development by supporting of students and teachers, parents, rehabilitation of schools, supply of potable water, erection of science building at a Community College and contributing to the development of church and other religious programmes. Also, he has facilitated massive youth employment at every stage of his position in public service and has promoted women empowerment in local and rural areas.
Dr Olu Agunloye until his ascension as National Chairman was the Deputy National Chairman South where the erstwhile Chairman, Prof Tunde Adeniran comes from. He assumes office immediately as stipulated by the party’s constitution at SECTION 13.2(ii) thatIn the event of Vacancy, the Deputy National Chairman (1), from the region of the National Chairman shall perform the functions of the Chairman. The office became vacant from the resignation of the former Chairman, Prof Tunde Adeniran and his voluntary retirement from partisan politics.
He was the Governorship Candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the 2016 gubernatorial elections in Ondo State and has played substantial role in the development of the Party. Until his new appointment, Dr Agunloye was in the National Executive Committee of the Party and was the Deputy National Chairman from February 2019 to 29 September 2020.
Congratulations Sir, I wish you productive tenure in Office.