Olatunji Ariyo

Olatunji Ariyo

Olatunji Ariyomo (born 26 June 1972) is an engineer and a technology advocate variously described as one of the 'issues in Ondo State politics' and a 'firebrand'.[1][2] Popularly called 'Tunji L'ght Ariyo, he is a youthful leader and motivator in Ondo State, Nigeria.[3] He trained as an Energy Engineering expert at the University of Sheffield (England) and as a Civil and Structural Engineer at the Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria. Ariyo is an advocate of a technology driven economic sector in Nigeria.[4][5][6][7] He was nominated International Poet of Merit by the International Society of Poets in 1995. He won the overall best candidate prize at the Professional Examination of the Nigerian Society of Engineers in 2005[8] and has served twice as Senior Aide to the Governor of Ondo State, Nigeria on information technology. He was the pioneer coordinator of the Ondo State Information Technology Development Centre (2005-Feb. 2009). He was so appointed by Dr. Olusegun Agagu in 2005. He is a playwright, a poet and the author of the book “Odundun, African Legendary Monarch” one of the approved texts for secondary school education in Ondo State.


Public life

Tunji L'ght Ariyo (written fully as Olatunji Ariyomo)[9][10] is a youth icon in Nigeria[11][3][12] and he can be described as the pioneer of electronic governance system in Ondo State.[8][12] He introduced the state's e-portal www.ondostate.gov.ng, security surveillance system,[13][14] computerization of processes of internally generated revenue www.ondostate-bir.com which pushed the state's Internally Generated Revenue up by over eighty six percent[15][8][16][17]) and has been one of the key advocates of electronic knowledge based system in Nigeria.[18][8][19] He was one of four Nigerians sponsored by government to participate in the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government's Science Technology and Innovation programme (2008 batch).[20] As a youth involved in leadership, he initiated the current scheme allowing promising youths to be trained to acquire professional certification in India. Six young natives of Ondo State benefitted from this scheme between January and March 2009.[10] His earlier involvement in leadership was made possible by Chief Adebayo Adefarati. The relashionship was strained following his involvement in an unsuccessful attempt to introduce a "vibrant and politically dynamic deputy" for the latter.[21]

Effort at Reformation

Olatunji Ariyomo's team attempted to change the way things were originally done in Ondo State within a space of 5 years via the computerization of different departments of government. His team achieved modest results. Examples include the fading out of typewriters in the state civil service and the automation of tax collections and administration in the state. While the latter was popular with the then governor and the majority of citizens of the state, he nonetheless incurred the hatred and the stiff resistance of a section of the State Board of Internal Revenue whose previous ability to control funds were terminated.[22] The unprecedented increase in the state internally generated revenue in the year 2008 is a confirmation that reforming that sector was a successful step. The computer literacy level of civil servants in the state was also raised via a compulsory training programme administerred upon every public officer in the state. This was done by advocating and implementing a compulsory computer training programme for civil servant in the state. With the assistance of the Head of Service, Mr. Alaba Isijola, the state service in fact adopted computer literacy as one of the compulsory requirements in the annual promotion examinations for civil servants. Also, the state of the art ICT centre (SITDEC building) commissioned by President Olusegun Obasanjo on 24 June 2006 which is considered one of the key accomplishments of the Olusegun Agagu administration was built by his team. The Open Door to ‘Industrial Attaches’ and ‘National Youth Service Corp’ members also resulted in ICT knowledge empowerment for over 370 beneficiaries between 2003 and 2008. Under Ariyomo's team, information technology drive of the government was so intense that the governor of the state Dr. Olusegun Agagu was pronounced the ICT Governor of the Year 2007 by NITTA – a prize he shared only with Senator Mamman Bello Ali and His Excellency Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State.[23] In 2006, the then Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure Prof. Peter Adeniyi described Olatunji as a living testimony to the good quality of products of the Federal University of Technology Akure.[24] Professor Peter Adeniyi is the current Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council of the University of Ado Ekiti.


Tunji is a graduate of Energy and Environmental Engineering (MSc.) from the University of Sheffield (England), a graduate of Civil and Structural Engineering (B.Eng.) from the Federal University of Technology Akure and has been trained at the University of Ibadan, the University of Lagos and the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is currently a Post-graduate (research) student of energy engineering with primary focus on renewable energy.

Awards & Honours

  • Distinguished Alumnus Award by the Senate of the Federal University of Technology Akure (December 2007)
  • Honorary member of FUTA Protocol List[24]
  • Excellence Service Award by the Rotary Club International, Ijapo District (2006)
  • Fellow, School of Environmental Studies, Federal Polytechnic Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria.[25]


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  2. ^ Thisday Archive http://news.biafranigeriaworld.com/archive/2003/may/10/0036.html
  3. ^ a b Interviews : One On One with Olatunji Ariyomo [L'ght] – all.Ondo.State. all.Ondo.State. (26 January 2011). Retrieved on 20 October 2011.
  4. ^ http://www.gbengasesan.com/?p=232
  5. ^ The Nation Newspaper http://thenationonlineng.net/web2/articles/41528/1/Expert-canvasses-ICT-driven-economy/Page1.html
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  18. ^ UK Coordinator 's Page. Nice-nigeria.org (14 October 2011). Retrieved on 20 October 2011.
  19. ^ ondostategovernment.net. ondostategovernment.net. Retrieved on 20 October 2011.
  20. ^ Harvard Kennedy School of Government http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k33482&pageid=icb.page143197
  21. ^ Thisday Newspaper http://news.biafranigeriaworld.com/archive/2003/may/10/0036.html
  22. ^ Ondo's huge loss from Policy Changes: Southern Group, Anti-Corruption Coalition and Lawyers-in-Training indict Mimiko officials. Myondostate.com. Retrieved on 20 October 2011.
  23. ^ NITTA http://www.ittelecomdigest.com/award.htm
  24. ^ a b Archive of Official Government News "Governor's Senior Aide Joins F.U.T.A Protocol List" http://wizardssolutions.com/ondostate/news_details.php?id=39
  25. ^ Nigerian Compass http://www.compassnewspaper.com/NG/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=43002:adopoly-honours-agagus-former-aide&catid=42:commune&Itemid=796

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