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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.
Bose Agbetu from Lagos wrote on October 11, 2021 at 10:16 am
The management and staff of Morison Industries Plc express our deepest condolences to the family of Dr. Timothy and the entire staff of NECA. It is our prayer that the Lord Almighty will comfort the family and grant us all the fortitude to bear this great loss.
Bola Oduwole from Lagos wrote on October 11, 2021 at 7:15 am
Dr. Timothy Olawale, humble, respectful, knowledgeable, intelligent, a professional and very humourous.

You took NECA to the next level under your watch and will be greatly missed.

To your dear family we pray the Lord will comfort them in this time of grief.

May your soul rest in peace.

On behalf of GAC Shipping
(Nigeria) Limited
Saliu Ishaq Alabi from ilorin wrote on October 10, 2021 at 8:39 pm
As the former DG of MINILS, me and the late Mr Olawale enjoyed a good and robust relationship. I can also recollect his passion , commiitment and contributions towards the growth of MINILS as a former memberof it's Governing Council.
This is indeed a great loss and May God grant his family and the entire NECA the grace and fortitude to bear this very untimely loss and May his soul rest in perfect peace! Amen
OJUS BAMIDELE OLUWASESAN from ILORIN wrote on October 10, 2021 at 8:36 pm
May his jentle soul rest in perfect peace. Accept my condolences!
ODUYERU Joshua from Lagos wrote on October 10, 2021 at 6:28 am
The Nigerian HR community has lost a pathfinder. My deepest condolences to the family, wife and children.

May GOD grant the fortitude and grace to carry on your legacy over and beyond your achievements.
Temitope Oyadele from Nestlรฉ Nigeria Plc, Lagos wrote on October 9, 2021 at 6:40 am
Oga Tim, (as I fondly call you) the news of your death was too shocking to bear as I recall exchanging pleasantries with you at the Advanced IR course in Abeokuta, just a week to your demise. Your warmness, humility and genuine smile was still the same despite that I haven't seen you in years.
You left a great mark in Nigeria representing the employers at various fora, your indelible acts in promoting harmony in organizations will forever be cherished.
You were a great boss. You related with everyone equally even with the office cleaners.You were very humble. You smile with everyone and never look down on anyone.

May God comfort your wife, children, the NECA family and the world of HR at large.

We will miss you๐Ÿ˜“, adieu Oga Tim. Sleep on beloved๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ.
Marie Owoniyi from Lagos wrote on October 8, 2021 at 9:22 pm
So sad we lost you too soon, Dr. Tim Olawale. May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace, amen. Adieu!!!
Femi Mokikan from Lagos wrote on October 8, 2021 at 7:27 pm
What is this world all about? The shock of your sudden transition is still with me. I recall my last meeting with you that beautiful morning. I had wanted you to Chair the wedding reception of my daughter which was planned for Saturday September 25, 2021. Painfully, that weekend was also when you would be in Abeokuta for the annual NECA Retreat. Your words to me still echo in my entire system. "Mr Mokikan I'm happy you are a member of the NECA family. You will therefore understand why I will not be with you at the reception." You saw me off to the door. In spite of your absence, you still ensured that my family felt NECA's impact at the Engagement hosted by the NECA Event Hall. It was therefore with disbelief that I received the news of your transition. So very sad and painful.
We will miss your humility, your compassionate nature, your respect for all, commitment/dedication to your calling, your proactive tendencies, and your deep insight into micro and macro economic issues that impact businesses in Nigeria , I personally lost in you a very reliable and understanding friend. We have no choice but to accept it as a part of God's plan. I pray that God will fill the vacuum left in the family you left behind and that you will find a comfortable place in His bosom. Sleep on Dr Tim Olawale
BOLAJI SUNMOLA from Apapa Lagos wrote on October 8, 2021 at 5:23 pm
A very consumate.hardworking man. Very professional in his approach to issues,always ever ready to help at all times. His representation at the international level will surely be missed even by the nation. He always stood to see that the nation have the best in all negotiations. We at the Maritime- the stevedoring group will surely miss you,thank you for all that you have done for us conscientiously. We can only take solace that no man lives for ever but then this depature was too sudden very oainful to bear. May the good lord give all the people you left behind including your very loving family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. Adios my friend my brother Olawale Timothy.
Kafaru Idowu from Ibadan wrote on October 8, 2021 at 4:09 pm
Hmmmm. Hard to believe. Shocking. But when reminded that God giveth life and taketh life, I'm consoled. From the first day I met Dr Timothy before becoming DG up to his last day on earth, he maintained his consistent humility. He gradually became my family friend. Mentor to my son. We love you but God loves you more. You lived a fulfilled life. Adieu Timothy Olawale
Oluwdamilare Awolowo from Lagos wrote on October 8, 2021 at 11:04 am
The Management and staff of Prime Pak Industries Nigeria Limited express our deepest condolence to the family of our beloved Dr. Timothy and the entire staff of NECA.

Our prayer is that the good Lord will grant us all the fortitude to bear this very sad loss.

Sleep on...
Michael Adolor from Kano wrote on October 8, 2021 at 8:17 am
An exemplary and exceptional persona. A man of strong and cordial character even though I did not personally know you but what your team mates say about you indicate to me that you were truly a leader. I wonder if you can be replaced in this world of ours. The Good Lord take your soul.
Amen.
For Gongoni Company Limited.
For W. J. Bush and Company (Nigeria) Limited
Stella pius from uyo wrote on October 8, 2021 at 3:44 am
A great icon have been stolen by the cruel hands of death. But truely, you will not be forgotten for departing, but your legacy will always be remembered by your staff, friends, family, loved once and the people you had impacted on. May the soul of this faithful departed, rest in peace. Adieu great icon
Bayo Odeyale from Lagos wrote on October 7, 2021 at 9:09 pm
We love Dr Timothy but God loves him more. Please sleep on at the bossom of the Lord till we meet to part no more.

Adieu!!!
Hamma Kwajaffa from Lagos wrote on October 7, 2021 at 9:08 pm
What a cloud on the 1st October 2021. This was a person we discussed in Abeokuta that was on 24th that he needed to rest because stress was written all over him and he agreed with me. I have a firm belief that this world is really transitory and if your day beacons you shall not spend one day more.
The gentleman Adewale,you are selfless because even at the workshop in Abeokuta you were busy discussing about staff welfare which you said was your major concern. Adieu workers champion ๐Ÿ† May your beautiful soul rest in perfect peace. Amen.
Joel Aderinokun from Lagos wrote on October 7, 2021 at 8:27 pm
Rest in Peace
Esther Adeola - Balogun from Lagos wrote on October 7, 2021 at 4:05 pm
On behalf of the Board, Management and staff of Nnew Women's MFB, we say Adieu Dr. Timothy Olawale.

DG, you were such a good man who loves to give His best to everyone.

May your soul continue to Rest in the Bosom of the Lord.
Elizabeth Eze from Lagos wrote on October 7, 2021 at 3:36 pm
The first encounter was in unilag during my master's program then, he had the heart that cared completely. He had the smile that brought so much pleasure. He had the love that brought joy beyond measure.

The life of the one we love is never lost. Its influence goes on through all the lives it ever touched. It is well, rests on!
Idowu EKUNDAYO from LAGOS wrote on October 7, 2021 at 3:35 pm
The entire NECA family including those of us from the member organizations are grateful for your selfless contribution to professional development in member organizations, business case advocacy, industrial harmony, national stability and general socioeconomic productivity. The Lord will strengthen and bless your generations. Rest in Peace Doctor Tim.
Chinyere Swally from Lagos wrote on October 7, 2021 at 3:33 pm
I am deeply saddened by the loss of our amiable and energetic DG, I can't believe I'm writing condolence on your demise. You imparted lives and made an indelible mark here on earth, You are never gone, you live within the hearts of everyone who loves you.
May God usher you into His eternal glory and rest.
My condolences to your family and NECA.
Loyal Jefferson from Lagos state wrote on October 7, 2021 at 12:51 pm
I am unable to articulate my thoughts as I come to the reality of your demise. I battle with my thoughts as if I were in a dream that would end when I awaken.

Oga! As I fondly call you . Your death has left an indelible mark on my heart. I pray that Jehovah remembers you at the resurrection; I join my faith with apostle Paul at a time like this as the Scripture says in Acts 24:15- โ€œthere would be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteousness those who did good to a resurrection of life and those who did vile things to a resurrection of destruction. โ€œ You, Oga did the best in your capacity as the boss. May Jehovah count that in your favor.

Inlawww โ€ฆ as you would fondly call meโ€ฆ hmmm, I was the one and only Original and Authentic inlaw, but, who would I tell that to now ? When you are no longer here? Who would even believe I was the original and authentic inlaw ?

I would cherish forever, those happy time you shared with me as my boss and remember the sad times which were dished to me as admonitions for my guidance, given as a father, and boss.

Jehovah will call, May you Oga answer !
Keep resting in Jehovahโ€™s memory.
Mrs. Adesola OKORIE from Ogba, Lagos wrote on October 7, 2021 at 12:16 pm
Hmmmm........it was with a great shock that the news of our DG NECA was received on his passing on to glory. He was a passionate man. From Nampak Nigeria Limited, Ogba, Lagos, we pray that The Greatest Comforter will console his Wife, Children & NECA (as a whole).

Rest in perfect peace our dear DG.
Chukwuemeka Ijei from Ikeja wrote on October 7, 2021 at 11:43 am
I didnโ€™t know him personally but I have heard so many good things and his representation of the organized private sector through NECA has been exemplary. May he rest in perfect peace and may God grant his family and the entire NECA the strength and fortitude to bear such an immense loss.
Gregory Chukwurah from NSITF Umuahia Branch wrote on October 7, 2021 at 11:30 am
May his gentle and innocuous soul rest in peace,Amen.
Tomisin Awobiyi from Ikeja wrote on October 7, 2021 at 7:00 am
Mr Tim was a good man. A very down to earth and easy going man. He didn't relate to you based on your status as his subordinate. He cracked jokes and was very warm, cheerful and accommodating. He proved, with his actions, that he was a child of God. He earned my respect as a good person indeed.

Your demise came as a big shock, Mr Tim. You will be greatly missed my townsman. May God keep the family you left behind in Jesus name.
Wale Adediran from Apapa wrote on October 7, 2021 at 6:28 am
This is a huge loss to the global human resource management community generally and Nigeria in particular. Personally, I lost a dear brother and friend. It is a rude shock and the wound will take time to heal. Our consolation is in the truth that Dr. Tim had lived a life of great impact. He emptied his virtues in serving others even to his last moment. May Jehovah grant his loving, supportive and humble soul eternal rest. May all he left so suddenly be preserved by the Almighty. Good night dear brother.
Jude Ogbonna from Abuja wrote on October 7, 2021 at 6:11 am
The news of your death came as a shock to me. But in all things, the bible says that we should give glory to God..
My heart goes out to the family you left behind and I pray that God will give them the fortitude to bear the loss and grant you eternal rest.
Adieu Dr.
Mrs Esther Adenike Esho from Osogbo wrote on October 7, 2021 at 6:08 am
On behalf of the management and staff of BIEV TOLA LTD, we pray that our Great God will grant Dr Timothy Olawale, NECA'S DG, Eternal Rest. Amen !!!
Mariam Mohammed from Kaduna wrote on October 7, 2021 at 6:05 am
May the Lord grant you eternal rest. Your sudden death has surely created a vacuum in Industrial relations circle. Rest on.
Mrs Esther Adenike Esho from Osogbo wrote on October 7, 2021 at 5:58 am
Eternal Rest Grant Him O Lord. Amen!!!
Ulari Agundu from Lagos wrote on October 7, 2021 at 5:14 am
Rest In Peace Dr. Timothy. Your contributions to the organized private sector will not be forgotten. Will miss you.
Olusegun Oshinowo from Lagos wrote on October 7, 2021 at 4:15 am
A good man is gone. One with a very good heart has left us; for us to see again the hearty laugh and the playful disposition . The teachable and very forgiving protege has taken an early flight back to the homeland when we least expected. Never one to complicate things for you. Oh Tim, why so soon! Never a pretender. Tim was a natural, humble and down to heart colleague who would go an extra mile for you. O di gba o se oh! O di arinako, o tu di oju ala! The great one, I hail you as you continue on your journey to the land of no return. May light perpetual continue to shine on you and may you find rest in the bosom of your Lord! Sun re oh!!
CORDELIA KADIENE from LAGOS wrote on October 6, 2021 at 10:03 pm
Rest in peace sir.

May the good Lord grant your soul eternal rest. Amen.
Yvonne Asare Yeboa from Accra wrote on October 6, 2021 at 9:47 pm
I still canโ€™t believe you are gone forever. We met severally at conferences in Turin and I learnt a lot from you. You were a good man. God indeed knows best.

May you rest well Dr. Timothy
Phil Maduagwu from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 9:44 pm
This is shocking and I don't understand it at all.
What is this I am hearing....what is this news?
Wale can't be gone, just like that?
What is this life, so full of toiling and bother?
Life is but vanity upon vanity...this is now clear.
I pray Wale's family the fortitude to bear this huge loss. I pray strength for the entire NECA Family.

On behalf of NOKIA Solutions and Network Nigeria Limited, please accept our sincere condolences.

May his soul rest well.
Ubong Usen from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 9:28 pm
Gone Too Soon. ...

What a sad news! Very difficult to contend with. Oh my God...why? May de soul of our beloved and amiable DG. Tim (as fondly called) rest in perfect peace. O' God grant us the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss.

Adieu. ..our great Leader and gentleman
Folashade Owolabi from Apapa wrote on October 6, 2021 at 9:22 pm
The news of your death came as a rude shock to us but what can we do? We commiserate with your family, NECA team and all the people that come across you during this trying period. May God comfort and give everyone the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss. May God rest your soul Dr. Tim Olawale ๐Ÿ™
Azeez from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 8:58 pm
Rest in peace sir, rest in peace.

What a loss!
Pro-ICE Ltd from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 8:57 pm
The Management and staff of Pro-ICE Limited express our deepest condolence to the family of our beloved Dr. Timothy and the entire staff of NECA.

We pray that his gentle soul find solemn in the blossom of the Lord. May the family be comforted on every side as they go through this period..

Rest onโ€ฆโ€ฆ
Dele Aloko from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 8:37 pm
On behalf of Cranfield Talent Managers, I would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of Mr Tim Olawale as well as all members of the NECA Family

He was a highly capable administrator, an effective leader and a representative voice for employers in the organized private sector. He was uncompromising yet fair in his efforts to ensure a level playing field for all, workers and employers alike. His advocacy on behalf of NECA members was strong and effective

Needless to say, he will be sorely missed.

Our hearts go out to his family on their sudden and irreparable loss and we pray that God will grant them the grace to cope

May his gentle soul rest in peace
Atare Madagwa from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 8:36 pm
It was a honor and privilege getting to know and interact with you. We have truly lost a rare gem which the heavens has gained.
Here is celebrating you , the icon you were and a man who truly loves the nation and it's people and in his own way served to build for the common good of this great nation .
I salute you sir, and pray you rest on in glory and power in the presence of God Almighty.
Steve Olayinka from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 8:29 pm
Death essentially reveals our humanity. Dr. Tim Olawale's sudden demise definitely leaves a shock on all of us who knew him. He certainly was a great leader. A gentleman and an amiable friend. We will sorely miss him. Rest in the bossom of your Lord and Saviour.
Seyi Peters from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 8:21 pm
May his soul rest in peace. And I pray God grants the family the fortitude to bear this loss
Ololade Yusuf Shin-Aba from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 8:19 pm
NECA has indeed lost a dedicated and passionate leader. May God give Dr. Olawale's family the fortitude to bear the loss.
Charles Oyadoke from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 7:58 pm
Dr. Olawale's demise was a great shock! I have always admired his professionalism, kindness and humility. He was of a highly illustrious persona, a seasoned manager and an intelligent leader. May Jehovah comfort his family and the entire NECA family. I really miss him.
Mansur Adekunle from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 7:46 pm
You have imparted so much knowledge and wisdom on me and gained immensely from your wealth of experience. I am very grateful for your kindness to me, and your unflinching supports to my affairs. May the Almighty God continue to grant you a perfect rest in peace and comfort your entire family, and associates/friends.
Wale Akinsipe from Sapele, Delta state wrote on October 6, 2021 at 7:45 pm
Your death is still a shock to me! However,my consolation is that you lived an impactful and fulfilled life. May God grant you eternal rest and your family, friends, associates the grace to bear this great loss. Adieu DG
Joyce Godwin from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 7:28 pm
May your soul rest in peace. And I pray God grants the family the fortitude to bear this loss.
Tunde Salawu (Rev.) from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 7:22 pm
It is very shocking and painful to lose Dr. Tim at his prime age. A people manager and administrator per excellence. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace. The Lord will give the family and NECA community the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. Good night D. Timo
Laanumi Ogunrinde from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 7:11 pm
May God be with his family, comfort them in this trying times and uphold them till the end. We thank God for the great things achieved through him while at NECA. Rest on in the bosom of our Lord, Dr Olawale. Adieu.
Agatha Kolawole from Abuja wrote on October 6, 2021 at 7:09 pm
You will be missed! Thanks for your support in the implementation of ACCEL Africa project. May God keep those you left behind. Adieu DG
Agatha Kolawole from Abuja wrote on October 6, 2021 at 7:09 pm
You will be missed! Thanks for your support in the implementation of ACCEL Africa project. May God keep those you left behind. Adieu DG
Morin Isikekpei from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 6:58 pm
Itโ€™s with great shock to hear the news of your passage. It hurts when a dear one like U departs. It leaves a very Big Gap that only God can fill it up but we take solace that youโ€™re resting after a job well done. May GOD grant U a peaceful repose in His bosom. May HE mercifully forgive your shortcomings and bless all left to mourn U IJN๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ
Lady Nkechi Nwogu from Owerri wrote on October 6, 2021 at 6:43 pm
What a loss !

May the Lord give your family the fortitude to bear this huge loss while granting your soul rest .

What is life ?????

Rest on sir .

Adieu! Adieu!! Adieu !!!
Gladys Umoh from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 6:25 pm
We received the news of Dr.Timothy Olawale's demise with great shock.

The Management of May & Baker Nig. Plc are pained by this loss and commiserate with the family, NECA and entire OPS.

May his soul rest in peace.
Mrs Odiri Erewa-Meggison from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 6:23 pm
On behalf of the Management and staff of British American Tobacco Marketing Nigeria Limited, we send our heart felt condolences to Dr. Olawaleโ€™s family, NECA Staff and friends.

May the good Lord comfort you all at this difficult time and grant eternal rest unto him. May he rest in perfect peace. Amen
Jide Mike from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 6:21 pm
May your soul rest in peace. I pray to God to take divine care of all those left behind amen.
Ifeoluwa Ogunfuwa from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 6:19 pm
This is a painful loss but who are we to question God. Your good works and amiable attitude will forever remain in our hearts. Rest In Peace DG.

My Condolences to NECA, business community and your family.
Mide-Afolami Esther from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 6:12 pm
May your gentle soul rest in peace, may the Lord grant the family members the fortitude to bear the lost ๐Ÿ™
Oluwafunmilola Shelika from Ipaja Ayobo wrote on October 6, 2021 at 6:12 pm
It's still a rude shock to me the news of your demise, I pray the Lord grant your family and the entire NECA family the strength to bear this great loss .... Indeed He was humble and a very nice man from my interaction with Mr. Timothy....
Eyitayo Anjorin from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 5:57 pm
Sir,
It's shocking to hear of your demise, I was not expecting it. I still liked your post on Facebook 3 days before your death.
I could remember then when I was in NECA, I always like to enter your office. You were one of the great boss I ever had. Even after I left, you still checked up.
You will be greatly missed sir.
Yemisi Daklu (now Folorunsho) from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 5:33 pm
Dr. Olawale was a really very good boss to me. We worked together from 2011 to 2013. I have never seen his kind, I must confess. A boss like a brother.

May the warm memories he has left behind soothes his soul. May the Lord give the entire family and NECA staff which I'm one of them the fortitude to bear the loss.

O digba eni rere. Sun re o Oga mi atata.
Steve Ojeh from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 5:10 pm
What a shocking loss!

Heaven took you because more champions and exceptionally great minds like yours is needed.

Rest on my DG and may your memory continue to be a blessing.
Osuade Adereti from Aiico Ikeja Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 5:05 pm
Gone too soon. So shocking. May his soul rest in perfect peace. It is well with family and friends IJN
Norena Francis from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 5:05 pm
It is so sad to hear about the sudden demise of Dr. Timothy, the amiable DG of NECA. Gone too soon!
We @ The Big Bottling Company commiserate with his family, NECA staff and friends.
May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace and may the Good Lord grant the family he left behind the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss.
He would be sorely missed!
Andrew Ogbar from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 4:58 pm
The NECA and OPS has lost a resoucesful and vibrant advocacy guru. May his gentle soul rest in peace in the blossom of God, IJMN, Amen.
John Ogbamgba from Abuja wrote on October 6, 2021 at 4:55 pm
May Wale's soul rest in peace with the Lord, and may God grant his family and NECA members the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss
Adannia Livy-Iwunze from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 4:55 pm
The news of your demise, came as a huge shock to us.
I pray your soul rest in peace and may God comfort your family and NECA family.

Adieu! Dr. Timothy Olawale
John Alli from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 4:52 pm
A true gentleman and an example of leadership at its best. My sincere condolences to his family, and the NECA team. Regards, John
Olajide Olugboye from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 4:50 pm
Dr. Olawale, your demise was sudden but we take solace in the fact that you lived a fulfilled, purposeful life. Rest in peace.
Isola Olukayode from Agbara , Ogun State. wrote on October 6, 2021 at 4:46 pm
Hard to believe. May His Soul Rest in Peace.
Paul Aderibigbe from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 4:43 pm
An employer securing the rights and the future of employees. You will always be remembered.
Good night and conrinue to rest in peace!
Lawal Adeola from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 4:31 pm
May his gentle soul rest in peace. Amen
Tope Omikunle from Ibadan wrote on October 6, 2021 at 4:29 pm
Rest in peace.

The corporate world would surely miss your immense contributions and commitment.

We have lost a rare gem.
Rest on...
Yewande Ayowole-Oso from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 4:27 pm
May you Rest In Peace sir and May God give your loved ones the grace to bear this huge loss.
Ola EHINMORO from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 4:19 pm
The news of your sudden death is to say the least shocking and sad for all of us. You were an extremely proactive and selfless professional. Your humility and service to the Association will be greatly missed.

Please rest on in perfect peace away from this sinful and ambiguous world. May God give your family the strength to bear this unexpected departure. RIP Dr Timothy!
Lucky Nwadei from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 4:15 pm
Your passing was a rude shock!
The passion you displayed each time you take the podium to advocate the employers position and perspective will be missed. May God bless the memory of Timothy Olawale, for you did wonders with what many consider a position of advocacy. Adieu sir!!!!
Oluranti OLOWOOKERE from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 4:14 pm
I have been inspired by Dr Timothy Olawale during the sessions he facilitated. The way he managed and lead NECA carrying all employers along was amazing.

I pray that the Lord comfort his family and loved ones.
Emmanuel from Ibadan wrote on October 6, 2021 at 4:14 pm
Dr. Timothy, was a complete gentleman. Who was ever ready to assist anyone genuinely. I have not regretted meeting with him. He was ever ready to see OPS progressing in Nigeria. He had made his part in the struggle of OPS development in Nigera. He will be missed by everyone in NECA. Adieu Dr. Timothy RIP
Kolapo Popoola from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 4:12 pm
The news of your death came as a shock. My thoughts and prayers are with NECA and members of your family, and I want to offer my sincere condolences . I hope the good memories we have of you will comfort us in the days ahead.
Faotu Stella Ebi from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 4:08 pm
Good sir,
You made a mark in service delivery, you showed commitment and walked with dignity, approaching arduous subjects with passion and grace... all the while with a kind humility that brought kings before you. From a distance I knew you and you made a mark.
You were a great man. May the Lord welcome you with angels and timbrels. May you have eternal rest with Him.

Rest in peace Sir Timothy!
Kayode Ogundana from Ikeja, Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 4:08 pm
Rest in peace Dr. Timothy Olawale. You lived a life of sacrifice and left indelible marks in your sojourn on earth. May the good Lord be with your family and colleagues.
Olamiposi Ademuyiwa from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 4:06 pm
Rest in peace DG
Oyenusi Abiodun from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 4:06 pm
Even though I didn't have the opportunity of meeting with you personally, your work speaks volume. Indeed, we lost a great talisman in the industry. May you continue to rest in the blossom of the Lord. Adieu DG.
Olanrewaju Wilhelm from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 4:03 pm
I once had an engagement with Dr. Olawale at NECA on an occasion. He connected in such a manner that you wouldn't know we haven't met before much more the DG of NECA. He was down to earth and showed that position is really nothing.
Sleep on sir. I am happy to know to that you truly know Jesus Christ. See on the resurrection morning.
Yomi from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 4:03 pm
Your death was a rude shock and I'm genuinely still lost for words. I pray God comforts those you have left behind. Rest in peace Dr. Tim!
Gillian Nduoma from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 4:02 pm
I never met Dr Timothy Olawale personally but through the lens of NECA. He struck me as an indefatigable person, always championing the cause of corporate Nigeria. We can only ask questions but The Almighty knows best. Rest in peace
Lovina from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 3:58 pm
Tears clouds my vision as I write you this tribute, never thought Iโ€™d be writing this so soon....
Words fail me this day but you were a great friend, a social person, everybodyโ€™s best friend, you were an uncle and a father to me, I remember how you joke with myself and my mum, all I can think of now is how blessed we were to have you, heaven rejoices as they receive you because a saint have joined them....
Good night Dr Timothy Olawale
Till we meet to part no more Daddy
Victor Olu. BAMBEKE from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 3:57 pm
To know that you are no more, is still unbelievable and irreconcilable especially when one remembers the time you spent with participants of recently concluded 54th Advanced HR and IR Management Training Program in Abeokuta. Well, it has happened and we take solace in the fact that you lived a good life worthy of emulation. Continue to rest in peace till Eternity when we shall meet to part no more. Adieu Dear DG! It's well!!!.
Abidoye T.O. Oluwafemi from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 3:56 pm
Rest In Perfect Peace Sir. Though your demise at this time is a sock to everyone nevertheless, you have lived a fulfilled life. You were a blessing to your generation and the work you have done will remain a great blessing to generations to come. RIP!
Adejoke Alli from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 3:50 pm
It was very hard to hear the news of this huge loss. It was so sudden. Mr Tim was such a down to earth, easily accessible and humble person despite his top position as the DG of NECA. He was so easy to engage in a conversation and relate with. May God strengthen his family, everyone at NECA and us all. He will be sorely missed.
Adekunle Yusuf from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 3:47 pm
Earth's loss, heaven's gain. Adieu a quintessential professional and complete gentleman.
Fayo from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 3:46 pm
Rest In Peace.
Victoria Uwadoka from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 3:45 pm
Where do I start to talk about Dr, Tim in the past tense?
Life indeed is a precious gift. Dr. Tim gave his best for the cause of corporate Nigeria till the very end.
Always so supportive to the industry and to individual organisations. A builder of bridges and relationships to facilitate the sustainability and growth of businesses.
Dr. Tim believed in the potential of people and took active steps to groom and grow people around him, giving them room to find their own voice and to excel in their fields.
Grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Dr. Tim.
I pray that Godโ€™s comfort reach the family, friends and colleagues who mourn with us at this time.
May his soul rest in peace.
Abiodun O. Ayorinde from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 3:41 pm
Rest in Peace, DG
Oyebode Fadipe from Abuja wrote on October 6, 2021 at 3:38 pm
May it be well with his estate in Jesus name.
Amigun Oluwaseun from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 3:36 pm
The news of your death came as a great shock. Ogbomoso omo ajilete nbi won gbe n jeka ki won oto muko yangan, ogbomoso afogbo ja bi esu odara. Ngba ogbomoso ba se o n ti o se tan. Indeed an Icon has gone to rest. Adieu Dr. Olawale
Sheyi Adegbola from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 3:30 pm
Dr. Tim Olawale, May your soul rest in Peace.

I remembered how you always encourage us at the NECA Excellence Award planning Committee meetings until it was successfully held.

Your kind gestures at the CHRLE meetings were also commendable.

The little we know we say. Good night.
Lydia Iyoha from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 3:30 pm
There is no amount of words that can compensate for who Dr. Olawale Timothy was to NECA and the entire Organized Private Sector. But we take solace in the fact that he will forever be remembered by all for his good deeds. May his gentle soul rest in peace.
Michael Jacobs from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 3:25 pm
Dear Dr. Tim,
It's unimaginable and inconceivable your death at this crucial time.
We bid you bye till eternity becons. Rest on great technocrat of Nigeria economy.
We comiserate with the family, NECA and friends.
Adieu.
For: XHS (Nigeria) Ltd.
Sunday C. Alao from Abuja wrote on October 6, 2021 at 3:24 pm
It is not how long you live but how impactful has been your days on earth.Your few years as the DG of NECA has been so impactful Rest well Beloved Tim
Taiwo Dayo-Abatan from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 3:23 pm
Received the shocking news of your passing and i am yet to recover. You lived an exemplary life of dedication and commitment. You were a bundle of energy and was always eager to help.
Adieu Mr Tim Olawale. RIP
Onome Aduwo from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 2:45 pm
Time with you was so short but the impact and difference you made is for life. Rest in Eternal Peace Sir.
Olusola "Habakkuk" Ayodele from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 2:28 pm
Rest in peace Oga Tim.
Johnson Opigo from Abuja wrote on October 6, 2021 at 2:21 pm
I was shocked beyond words when I heard the sad news of your passing๐Ÿ˜ญ May God grant your soul sweet repose and give your family including the NECA family, the strength to bear this irreparable loss. Farewell DG.
Paul from Port Harcourt wrote on October 6, 2021 at 1:46 pm
You will most definitely be missed. I look forward to seeing you again during the day of resurrection, according to God's good pleasure
Olayinka from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 1:42 pm
Your death was indeed a rude shock, you were a wonderful and dependable boss, your interpersonal relationship with your colleagues and subordinates was second to none.
You will be sorely missed.
Rest in Peace Boss!
Adewale Oyerinde from Lagos wrote on October 6, 2021 at 7:09 am
Rest in peace, DG