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Jude Eguabor from Ibadan wrote on October 26, 2021 at 8:38 am
My DG, my mentor, my egbon. Official duties made me know you in 2014 and your easy, unassuming but very insightful approach drew me to you. Getting closer to you revealed the very deep, knowledgeable yet very simple man you are. You were interested in people not for what you could get from them but for how you could add to them and make them better. I drank very deeply from your knowledge and I knew I could always reach you anytime I needed to drink some more - all without charge. My mentor, I will miss your encouragement and love, but I assure you that I will honour your memory by trying to be like you - giving freely of myself to all who come my way. Sun re o, egbon mi olododo!
Bobola Joy Adeparusi from Calabar wrote on October 21, 2021 at 6:20 pm
I received the news of Dr. Olawale's transition with rude shock which I am still unable to recover from as I write this tribute. I've known him since 2007 and he played a fatherly role in my life all these years. He was a role model in all facets; physically, spiritually, academically and career-wise. He showered his love expressly on his family and everyone that came in contact with him.

Jesus said "I am the resurrection and the life. He that believes in me will live, though he dies".

Goodnight and farewell, Dad.
Olatunji Olugbenga Isaac from Ogbomoso wrote on October 21, 2021 at 1:49 pm
Uncle! When I heard of your death, I lost balance, I cried for days. It's just getting real to me that you are no more. I've never met a man like you. So generous, loving, accommodating. How could death take you at this time?
You opened the door of your house to us, any time you came home, you will call and tell us to see you. You trusted us with so many things.

You came, you have run your race, you fulfilled your assignments, you conquered. You had so many plans ahead that you shared with us but God knows more than we do. You will be greatly missed. Sleep on, till resurrection day, we love you but Jesus loves you more
ALEX FRIMPONG from ACCRA wrote on October 20, 2021 at 8:55 am
It was with great shock and consternation that the Ghana Employersโ€™ Association (GEA) received the news of the sudden demise of the Director-General of NECA, Dr. Timothy Olawale, which occurred on Friday 1st October, 2021 in Abuja.

On behalf of the Council, Members and Staff of GEA, allow me to offer our most profound condolences to the bereaved family, the wife and the entire Membership, Management and Staff of NECA.

Tim, as we used to call him, was a man of great intellect, vision and courage who contributed immensely to the cause of employers and businesses in Nigeria. His proactive zeal in influencing economic and social policies in Nigeria, West Africa, and Africa shall forever be etched in our memories.

He dedicated himself to protecting the sustainability and growth of businesses, and in this way, he touched the lives of most Nigerians and Africans through wealth and employment creation.

GEA will forever remember the depth of knowledge, insight and eloquence he exhibited during international policy dialogues and conferences on matters affecting employers in Africa.

GEA once again expresses its condolences to NECA, the bereaved family and wife for the untimely loss of such a man of exemplary calibre, vision and fortitude.

May The Almighty God Rest His Soul in Eternal Peace.

GHANA EMPLOYERS ASSOCIATION
Michelin Tyre Services Company Limited from Lagos wrote on October 17, 2021 at 11:25 pm
The Management and staff of Michelin Tyre Services Company Limited, wish to express our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family of late Dr. T. Olawale and the entire staff of NECA, following the news of the demise of late Dr. Timothy Olawale. We pray that God grant his soul eternal rest and strengthen the family he left behind to bear this irreparable loss.
Agbara Ken. C from Magboro wrote on October 17, 2021 at 4:03 pm
Farewell, Brother Olawale.

It is with great sadness that I write this because it is still unbelievable that you are no more!

You had great confidence in the Communion of Saints that made you enjoy worship and fellowship with the brethren. ; never minding your distance.
Your contributions at Bible Study sessions were insightful and full of wisdom.

Your acts of charity, which show you as detribalised, are still speaking within and outside the church. The testimonies of lives you touched are indeed praiseworthy.

You always had a broad smile and hearty laugh at someone's happiness or great accomplishments. No wonder you scored A+ in the training and all round education of your children.

Theodore Parker Ferris' poem comes to mind when I remember your life and times:
Teach me O Lord, not to hold on to
life too tightly. Teach me to hold it
lightly; not carelessly, but lightly,
easily. Teach me to take it as a gift,
to enjoy and cherish while I have it,
and to let it go gracefully and
thankfully when the time comes.
The gift is great, but the Giver is
greater still. Thou, O God, art the
Giver and in Thee is the Life that
never dies, Amen".

Fare thee well, brother Timothy.

Ken Agbara family
St. Peters.
Ayodele Akinyele R from Lagos wrote on October 16, 2021 at 12:47 pm
In early May 2015 (it might have been June), but it's hard to remember when you're having a good time. I joined NECA, a business membership organisation comprised of economists, business consultants, industrial labour experts and primarily technocrats.

As I stepped out of the elevator on the 5th floor, the first man that welcomed me was Mr Tim Olawale, standing outside the door waiting patiently for Mr Inyang (who had the keys to the entrance door). He stares at me with a smile and says, oh, you are our new IT guy; of which I reply, yes, sir, I am. Welcome.

Fast forward to almost three years later, I resigned to advance my career. I must not pretend to remember everything perfectly or in order after the shocking news, but I had also begun to notice how awesome Mr Tim was in a fairly short time. I recall my engagements with him during my time at NECA and even with the rest of my superiors and colleagues, especially the Christ-like relationship with his driver, Mr Rotimi, who shared the part of the office space with me.

Power is one factor that makes the study of ethics and leadership different from other areas of applied ethics. One might even say that the ethics of a leader largely depends on how he or she gets, distributes, and exercises power and influence.

Mr Tim wasn't a traditional rockstar leader like his predecessor, but why should he be? However, he wasn't laissez-faire either, but he was great in his way. Still, he was confident but never cocky, witty but never silly, friendly but never ingratiating, intelligent and treated others as intelligent; all rolled into a transformational leader who didn't need to exert power even when he had a justifiable reason.

He was down to earth, had an open-door policy, was more approachable, humane, and had a great sense of humour. My fond memories of him nicknaming me Red Devil as I had a way of teasing him every time Arsenal lost a football match.

Although I left before he officially became DG, I consider it a great privilege to have served under his tutelage just as his predecessor. Dr Tim's valuable insights were instrumental to acing my dissertation and bagging my MSc last year, in addition to signing my last recommendation letter for a job abroad in 2018. The letter itself doesn't mean much to me now, but when I needed it, it made the difference. And for that, I will always be grateful to him.

Some people have an unbroken record of missing the profound meaning in any story, play or movie, but the message here is what is truly loved can never be lost. He will always be remembered in good faith in our hearts.

Mr Tim was a father figure, had a large heart, uplifted others.

People seldom remember how many houses or cars you own, but they remember how you treated them.

That is the only thing that counts in the end.

As Isaac Newton asserts, If we manage to see further, it is, of course, due to standing on the shoulders of giants.

Thank you, Mr Tim, for being a shoulder to stand on.

My thoughts are with his immediate family, extended and the NECA family.

Adios Dr Tim Olawale.

Ayodele Akinyele R.
Oluchi Odimuko from MAN Ikeja Branch Lagos wrote on October 16, 2021 at 8:39 am
Sir, the news of your passing came as a very rude shock to us.

It was indeed sad for us on October 2, 2021 when the news got to us. We lost a very good man, who provided advice when it was needed most. We lost an ADVOCACY SOLDIER,

May God Almighty grant your family the fortitude to bear your passing and fill the vacuum created by your unexpected exit. May your sojourn to God's bosom be peaceful.
ADIEU!
Elizabeth Olubukola Mordi from Kaduna wrote on October 15, 2021 at 8:01 am
Dr. Tim Olawale, you came, you saw, you laboured and you conquered.
The TSDP world will surely miss you and your enormous contributions to the development of higher level manpower in Nigeria.
May The good Lord console your family, the NECA and IFT families during and after this difficult period.
Amen.
Moyosore from ON wrote on October 14, 2021 at 10:42 am
Dr. Timothy Olawale, a truly exceptional man filled with compassion and joyfulness. I came to know him as โ€œUncle Timโ€: a father, a man of God, a leader in his organization and a dear friend to my mother, Celine Oni.
I will forever cherish his radiant nature, his wisdom and advice in my pursuit of life, and his support and guidance to me and my family.
I am sending my deepest condolences to the family, and I pray that God provides comfort and peace during this time.
Emmanuel Adeusi from Lagos wrote on October 14, 2021 at 6:23 am
On behalf of Josmol Human Capital Resources Ltd, we commiserate with the immediate and extended family, management and staff of NECA on the shocking demise of Dr. Timothy Olawale. We pray to Almighty God to grant his soul eternal rest and strengthen the family to bear the irrespirable loss.
Christian Uwanabo from Abuja wrote on October 13, 2021 at 5:12 pm
We received with shock the sad news on the passing away of Dr. Timothy Olawale, the Director General of NECA.
On behalf of the Management and staff of Dantata & Sawoe, we write to convey our heartfelt condolence to the Management and staff of NECA and the entire family members of late Dr. Timonthy Olawale. The passing on to eternal glory of Dr. Olawale is indeed a great loss not just to NECA as an organization but to every member company of NECA and the country at large. Dr Olawale has always brought to bear his wealth of experience and expertise on several organizational and national issues and discuss. He was a rare gentle man, and will no doubt be missed.
Our thoughts and prayers go to NECA & the entire Olawale family. May God grant you all the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss and eternal rest to the deceased.

Dantata & Sawoe Construction Co. (Nig.) Ltd
Folakemi Taiwo from Lagos wrote on October 13, 2021 at 2:50 pm
A consummate professional and gentleman. Your numerous contributions to NECA, Industrial Relations, Advocacy, HR etc will forever be remembered and celebrated. Thank you for the gift of service. You will be sourly missed.
HalimaFactor Community Initiative from Gombe wrote on October 13, 2021 at 1:30 pm
On behalf of the Founder and Chairman Board of Trustees, Mrs. Halima Usman and the entire Team of the HalimaFactor Community Initiative, we commiserate with the family (Immediate and extended), the entire NECA Team as well as friends, followers and all well wishers of Dr. Timothy Olawale over the shocking, unexpected and sad demise of an Icon. We are pained by your sudden death but we take solace in your foot steps boldly printed in the sands of time. We wish to still have you around some more and we were hoping to host you in Gombe for our trainees' graduation but it pleases your maker to grand you rest. Rest on Sir, you live on in our hearts. Adieu from all of us at HalimaFactor Community Initiative.
Maryanne okwose from Lagos wrote on October 13, 2021 at 11:26 am
May his gentle soul rest in peace amen
UNITeS Integrated Nigeria Ltd from Ikoyi, Lagos State wrote on October 12, 2021 at 9:05 pm
The bright day of Friday, October 1, 2021 was darkened by the shocking news of the passing of the Director-General of Nigeria Employersโ€™ Consultative Association (NECA), Dr. Timothy Olawale.
James Shirley, in The Glories of Our Blood and State, said:
โ€œThere is no armor against Fate; Death lays its icy hands on Kings;โ€

Such is the case with Dr. Timothy Olawale, a king in his own right!

For us at UNITeS Integrated Nigeria Ltd, Tuesday August 3, 2021 was and still is regarded as a memorable day for us. It was the day our Director led a team to NECA House in Ikeja, Lagos state for a scheduled meeting with Dr. Olawale and his management team. Though we arrived behind schedule, he magnanimously rescheduled the meeting to suit our arrival.
While our meeting lasted, we chatted away with a Director-General that was intelligent and smart; wise, witty, humble, and amiable as he gave a phenomenal display of insight and foresight every step of the way. We knew, without an iota of doubt, that our mission was not in vain. Little did we know however, that the ebullient DG of NECA who cheerfully welcomed us to NECA House would be fulfilling the ultimate part of his destiny 59 days after that auspicious engagement we had in NECAโ€™s Board Room.
Dear Dr. Timothy Olawale, though you have gone to meet your Creator, your successes and struggles, your best of times and darkest hours, and your giant strides โ€“ especially in your capacity as NECA DG - have written your name in gold in the ark of History, with strong indications that NECA will continue to grow in leaps and bounds, strength to strength, and coast to coast as it delivers on its overall mandate.
To his Family, accept our condolences and be strong in the knowledge that he has found rest; to friends and associates, we mourn a man whose inputs and impacts on planet earth will continue to sing and ring in minds and memories of many. We find solace in his accomplishments and the great legacy he has left his prints on.
May God repose his soul. Amen.
VACC Technical Ltd from Lagos wrote on October 12, 2021 at 9:58 am
Mr. Olawale was a very humble, welcoming, jovial, intelligent tower-of-knowledge.

He always made everyone feel at home in formal settings and he always had a solution for the toughest industry problems.

Planet earth has lost a gem, but heaven has gained an angel.

He will be sorely missed!!

May his soul rest in perfect peace and my God comfort his family and loved ones during these difficult times.

It is well!

For: VACC Technical Ltd

Tolu Charles-Ekundayo (Nee Animashaun)
Pharm Ojevwe Inovfe from Lagos wrote on October 11, 2021 at 8:54 pm
Hmmmmmm, daddy daddy. It still feels like a bad dream and I will wake up and hear you say. Oj, my herbalist daughter, you have come today to worry me about my medications. I will try to rest more, I will try to take care of myself more. Today I called to remind you to stay hydrated during your meetings because I know your Monday meetings can be hectic but then, I was met with a cold silence on the other end. You were an amazing father and friend. Always wanted the best for me. I am hurt deeply but I am consoled on how positively you affected your world. Rest in God's bossom but I wish God prepared us for this day, it so hurting. I miss you so much, I miss your tease, I miss tea time, I miss watching you eat pounded yam with so much zest, I miss your smile. Dr Olawale...a rare gem has left earth
OLAGUNJU OLUSOLA OYELEKE from ILORIN wrote on October 11, 2021 at 6:37 pm
Dr. Tim, though your sojourn here on earth was short but the little time you were here was full of accomplishments. Indeed, you lived an exemplary Christian Life. My prayer is that God will comfort the immediate family you left behind (especially your widow and children) and grant your soul eternal rest. Good night till the resurrection morning when we shall meet to part no more.
Ugochi Ilomuanya from Upfield Foods Nigeria Ltd., Lagos wrote on October 11, 2021 at 12:44 pm
Dear Sir Olawale,
The news of your demise was indeed very unexpected and saddening. You lived an honourable life and served with your heart.
I pray the Lord gives your family, the NECA team, the HR community and the rest of your loved ones and followers the fortitude to bear the loss.
May your soul rest in eternal peace with the Lord. Amen.