FALORE Olaleye


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Jolasanmi Olaleye Akande Falore, the Bobajiro of Ijemba-Ijesa, was born at Ilesa, Osun State of Nigeria on Monday, 6th of October, 1947 at 7:20am at the prestigious Wesley Guild Hospital (the 9th major hospital to be established in Nigeria). He began his formal Primary School Education at St. John's "A" School, Iloro, Ilesa (the oldest School in Ijesaland of Nigeria) in 1955, from where he proceeded to another prestigious Secondary School - Government College, Ibadan (GCI) in January, 1962.

He was quartered in Carr House in GCI. Although he was not particularly athletic, he managed to be a member of the victorious Carr House team that won the Junior Inter-House Cricket trophy in 1964. He was, some ten years later, to represent the then Northwestern State in Men's Interstate Cricket competition in the 2nd National Sports Festival in Lagos.

In GCI, he was a member of the Science Society, Photographic Society, and Dramatic Society. He was a member of the cast of the Yoruba play "Nwon ro pe were ni" written by Adebayo Faleti staged in GCI in 1966 under the Directorship of Mr. M.A. Ogunyemi with assistance of Mr. D.J. Bullock.

He qualified as a Geologist from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan in 1974 and later as an Engineering Geologist/Hydro Geolist from the then University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile - Ife.

While at the University of Ibadan, he was involved in the Students' Union politics and was elected in the 1971/72 session as the Vice - Chairman of Mellanby Hall of residence and the Acting Hall Chairman in the first half of the 1st Term of the 1972/73 session.

He had been a Teacher at Ifaki Grammar School, Ifaki-Ekiti (1969), an Education Officer Grade II on second-ment to Queen's School, Ibadan (1976/1977), and a Lecturer in the then Esa-Oke Satellite Campus of The Polytechnic, Ibadan (1983 - 1985). As a professional Geologist, he was a Geologist/Soil Specialist with Messrs: Comprehensive Engineering Consultants, Ibadan (1977 - 1983) and the Chief Geotechnical Consultant with Messrs: T.C.I. Associates, Ibadan (1986 -1988).

He was a Co-Founder of the BADAFASH Group where he served from 1988 to 2002. In November 2002, he co-founded, along with Late Engr. Isola Dahunsi, the firm of Messrs: Y.J. FODIO & ASSOCIATES LIMITED and was its Executive Director (Geology & Geo-technics) till December 2006 when he became the Chairman/Managing Director of the Company. He was involved in the execution of hundreds of geological, hydro-geological/hydro-geophysical, and geotechnical engineering projects in all States in Nigeria.

Olaleye, the former National President of Association of Ibadan University Geologists (2005 - 2013) and the former National Vice - President of Nigerian Association of Hydro-geologists (1994 - 1996), is today a Fellow of the Nigerian Association of Hydro-geologists, a Fellow of the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society; and he is also a COMEG Registered Geoscientist. He is now a Consultant to some reputable civil engineering consultancy and construction companies in Nigeria.

Olaleye has, since March 1978, been happily married to former Miss Olukemi Agboola (now a retired Secondary School Principal); and the marriage is blessed with 3 male children: Temitayo (Chartered Accountant), Temidayo (Quantity Surveyor) and Temibayo (Registered Pharmacist).

Olaleye Falore has been an active member of the GCIOBA (Ibadan Branch) since 1976 when he returned from Northern Nigeria to join the service of the Western State in Ibadan till date. Between 1978 and 1980, he was the Secretary of the Ibadan Branch.

He was the National Assistant Secretary of the Lekan Are -led National Executive Committee of GCIOBA from 1988 to to 1994, during which he co-authored "BUILT ON THE ROCK Second 25 years of GCI" with Bayo Elushade & Dare Demuren in 1989.

He was to return ten years later (in 2004) to the Banwo Smith - led National Executive Committee of GCIOBA as National Financial Secretary during which he again co-authoured "BUILT ON THE ROCK Third 25 years of GCI" with Lekan Olagunju & James Engurube in 2011, authored "Oga D.J. in my eyes in GCI" and edited another book on GCI titled 'Echoes from Apata-Ganga' in 2012.

Olaleye Falore was the Secretary in both the 'Segun Onayinka-led and Tayo Oguntunde-led Executive Committees of the GCIOBA- 1962' between 1988 and 1994 after which he became the Set's Chairman between 1995 and 1997.

He became a member of GCIOBA (Abuja Branch) in 2005 and has remained so till date. In 2013, he earned the Abuja Branch Award.

He is currently the First National Vice-President of the GCIOBA.

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