Nigeria’s leading health and safety publication, Safety Record Newspaper wish to announce the demise of its publisher, Alhaji (Dr) Lateef Adegbuyi Alebiosu.
Alhaji Alebiosu passed away in the early hours of Saturday, February 8 in his native Ijebu-Ode and has since been buried according to Islamic rites.
He was 81 years old.
He is survived by two wives, children, and grandchildren.
Below is a brief citation of the devout Muslim, veteran fireman, safety officer, philanthropist, and Ijebu traditional chief:
Alhaji (Dr.) Lateef Adegbuyi Alebiosu was born on 10th December 1938 to the Alebiosu traditional family of Ijebu-Ode in Ogun State, Nigeria.
He attended Ansar-Ud-Deen Primary School, Ijebu-Ode for his primary education and National College, Ebute-Meta in Lagos State for his secondary education where he excelled in academics, from 1950 to 1961.
He proceeded in 1965 to Brixton School of Building, London, England, where he obtained his Higher Certificate as at then in Concrete Building Diploma in Building Construction.
In 1972, he proceeded to British Safety Council Academy, London where he read and graduated in Safety Management and obtained a Higher Certificate therein.
Three years later, he graduated to obtain the highest diploma from the British Safety Council Academy, London.
Later in 1978, Alhaji Alebiosu went back to the British Fire Service Scott College, Surrey, United Kingdom, for his Senior Fire Command Certificate.
Alhaji Chief (Dr.) Alebiosu started work with Nigeria Agip Oil Company Plc as Safety Officer, in 1972, where he rose to become the Fire & Safety Superintendent and Head of Department before retiring in 1994 from service after 21 years of meritorious service.
He was until his death the Safety Service Consultant and Principal Partner in his own firm, General Safety Services Limited.
Aside from Safety Record, Alhaji Alebiosu also published Alimosho Local Government Area’s most popular community newspaper – Our Community newspaper – until his demise. He was the CEO of the prestigious Nigeria Safety Award for Excellence (9jaSAFEAwards), which celebrates safety professionals and organisations that have distinguished themselves in promoting safety in Nigerian workplaces; and Alimosho Heroes Award, which celebrates heroes of community development in Nigeria’s most populous local government area.
Alhaji Alebiosu was a pacesetter and a compassionate man of the people who were in the vanguard of championing new causes. He was the Founder of the Safety Club of Nigeria, a non-governmental organisation that caters for accident victims in the country.
He belonged to many local and international professional bodies. He was a Past President (2009-2011) and Life Member, Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPON); Member, American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), USA; Member of International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM), U.K, among others.
A respected leader of his community, Alhaji Alebiosu was President, Ijebu Social Club, Port Harcourt, Rivers State; Balogun of Ijebu Social Club, Port Harcourt, Rivers State; Patron, Prestige Club, Ijebu Ode; and Member, Progressive Inner Circle Club of Ijebu Land.
A passionate philanthropist at heart, Alhaji Alebiosu’s philanthropic acts knew no boundaries. He gave out scholarships, yearly, to deserving children of Ijebu Social Club and Progressive Inner Circle Club members. Also not exempted were children of Morning Star Club members.
As a sportsman, Alhaji Alebiosu until his demise sponsored sporting activities and donated trophies for inter-house sports in his alma mater, Ansar-Ud-Deen Primary School, Ijebu-Ode, where he has his own Games House called, “ALEBIOSU SAFETY HOUSE.” Baba Safety, as he was popularly called, every year funded a challenging football competition among primary schools in Ijebu-Ode Local Government Area, in Ogun State called, “Lateef Alebiosu Safety Football Competition”. The final of the competition held every December 10 in Ijebu-Ode to mark his birthday.
A safety icon that he was, Alhaji Alebiosu once single-handedly erected safety signs at every roundabout in Ijebu-Ode town.
Alhaji Alebiosu was a committed Muslim and respectable community leader, who in his characteristic approach to life and total devotion to Islam, impacted positively upon many lives.
The chronicle of the accomplishments of this outstanding achiever will be incomplete without mentioning that he was a complete family man.