Hon. (Dr) Olatoye Temitope Sugar was until death on 9th March 2019 a member of the Federal House of Representatives, Abuja representing Lagelu / Akinyele Federal Constituency and was the Chairman, House Committee on Urban Development and Regional Planning. 46-year-old Hon. Temitope Sugar hailed from Efungade-Onigbodogi compound, Alafara Oje in Ibadan North East Local Government Area of Oyo State while his ancestral villages are Onigbodogi and Alape both in Lagelu Local Government Area of Oyo State.
The young Temitope had his primary school education at St Paul’s Anglican and St Michael Catholic Primary Schools, Yemetu, Ibadan. He then proceeded to Ikolaba Grammar School, St Luke’s College, Molete and Alugbo Comprehensive High School, Egbeda, all in Ibadan, Oyo State for his Secondary School education.
In order to pursue his dream as a teacher, Hon. Sugar attended Federal College of Education, Osiele in Abeokuta, Ogun State and the University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. His preference for community development advocacy propelled him to pursue a post graduate degree in Community Development and Adult Education at the University of Ibadan where he bagged a Master’s Degree. He then proceeded to the United Kingdom to earn another Master’s Degree certificate from NARIC. He was later awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Public Administration and Governance by the foremost European-American University in the Commonwealth of Dominica.
Hon. Sugar’s thirst for knowledge propelled him to attend several trainings abroad which include: Legislative Training Conferences in United Kingdom and the United States of America (USA), Community Development Training in South Africa and Strategic Leadership and Management in Stratford, London. Hon. Sugar pursued his love and passion for teaching when he taught as a professional teacher at Sagamu High School, Makun, and Orile-Ilugun Comprehensive High School both in Ogun state before his political vibrancy was crowned with political appointments.
Hon. Temitope Sugar’s political career started with a political appointment as a Supervisory Councillor in Odeda Local Government. He was then appointed as a Special Adviser at the State level in Ogun State under the administration of His Excellency, Otunba Gbenga Daniel having been the PDP Youth leader in Ogun Central Senatorial District for years.
His love for his home state, Oyo, motivated him into sponsoring political developments in Oyo State from Ogun State even before his full adventure as a Chairmanship Aspirant in Lagelu Local Government Area of Oyo State in 2007 under the umbrella of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and he later became the PDP National delegate of Oyo State in the year 2008.
Having been edged out of his political home, the PDP, where he used unquantifiable human and material resources to gain support from his ward to the national level, Hon. Sugar did not give up on his aspiration but went ahead to contest on the platform of the then newly formed Accord Party. Backed by the love and support of the masses and downtrodden, he was elected into the Oyo State House of Assembly in 2011 where he performed creditably well.
Hon Sugar’s good works, exemplary achievements and increasing political profile in the main politics of Oyo State endeared many within and outside the state which earned him an invitation to join the then Action Congress of Nigeria(ACN). He also actively participated in the formation of the current ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State. He was a member of the Action Democratic Party(ADP) until his death and was working actively for the emergence of Seyi Makinde’s of People’s Democratic Party(PDP) emergence as Oyo State.
Aside from being an accomplished politician, Hon Sugar was a great philanthropist with a passion for selfless service to humanity. He possessed a charitably personality and his compassion for the masses prompted the establishment of a renowned foundation named OLATOYE SUGAR FOUNDATION (OSF) in Nigeria and the United Kingdom through which he reached thousands of people and restored the hopes of hopeless.
Hon. Sugar engaged in numerous philanthropic activities which include: provision of infrastructural facilities like; good roads and water (Modern Boreholes) to many communities, transformers to towns that have been in darkness for several decades, free mobile health facilities for basic health care and free surgeries covering hernia, cataract and fibroid to the good people of Oyo State, donation of health support facilities to Oyo State Maternity Hospital, Adeoyo, Ibadan.
He was involved in the yearly empowerment of people living with disabilities, building of schools in several communities and provision of scholarships for indigent students, building and equipping facilities for Oyo State Police Command and Divisional commands, building facilities for Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State, BCOS, Amuludun FRCN, Ibadan and the first Television station in Africa, NTA, Ibadan.
He was a member of Nigeria Institute of Strategic Management. Hon. Sugar Olatoye was a member of Senior Staff Club, University of Ibadan and the foremost Omo Ajorosun Club, Ibadan. Hon (Dr) Olatoye Temitope Sugar was the Mogaji (Head) of his ancestral compound, Efungade-Onigbodogi, Alafara, Oje, and Alape Village in Ibadan North East and Lagelu Local Government Areas respectively.
Hon. Temitope Sugar was sociable and loved by the good people of Oyo State beyond ethnic and socio-political boundaries and as such, he worked harmoniously with almost all the renowned political heavyweights of Oyo State in general within and outside the corridors of power since the return of democracy in 1999.
Hon. Sugar in addition to being a shrewd politician was also a talented sportsman and played football for some clubs in Nigeria such as Shining Star Football Club, Superstar football Club and Allah’s Will Football Club all in Ibadan, Oyo State. He also played for Champion Football Club, Lagos State. Hon. (Dr) Olatoye Temitope Sugar is survived by his wife and children. With all the endeavours and accomplishments presented above, it is apt to describe Honourable (Dr) Olatoye Temitope Sugar as a visionary leader.
Source: Tope Sugar’s website
Note: Tenses edited by editor following his death