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Ale Joel Olugbenga

Early Life

Chief Joel Olugbenga Ale, was born in Owo on the 7th March, 1958 to the family of Mr Gabriel Onisile Ale, a staunch and foundation member of the New Church Cathedral, Owo.


Gbenga Ale started his educational career at the then Swedenborg Memorial Primary School, now New Church Primary School, Owo from 1965 to 1970.  He also attended New Church Modern School, Owo in 1971 before he admitted into Imade College, Owo in 1972 for his secondary education.  He later moved to New Church Grammar School, Owo to complete his secondary education in 1977.

Chief Ale joined the Ondo State Civil Service after his secondary school education as a Confidential Secretary-in-Training in the Civil Service Training School (Now Public Service Training Institute), Akure from 1978-1980 where he qualified as a Confidential Secretary.

In pursuit of academic excellence, Chief Ale went on study leave to the University of Ilorin, Nigeria, between 1983-1987 where he obtained a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) Hons degree in Public Administration.

Olugbenga Ale is also a distinguished alumnus of the Federal University of Technology, Akure which he attended as a part-time student from 1994 to 1998 and was awarded two degrees, namely: Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Science and Master in Business Administration.

Personal Life and Family

Joel Olugbenga Ale, who holds the chieftaincy title of Baba Ijo of Newchurch Cathederal, Owo, belongs to many professional and social associations including Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM), the University of Ilorin Alumni Association, All Owo Progressive Forum based in Akure and Heritage Club (International), Owo.

Chief Ale, a devout Christian/family man, is happily married with children.


Joel Olugbenga Ale started his working career as an auxiliary teacher in the Methodist High School, Owo in November, 1977.  He began a full career in the Civil Service as a Confidential Secretary-in-training in October, 1978.  He thereafter transferred to the administrative officers’ cadre.  It is however, noteworthy that Olugbenga spent about 15 years of his civil service career in the Cabinet and Special Services Department, Governor’s office, Akure.

Because of his resourcefulness and hard work, Gbenga Ale had received several letters of commendation from the Civil Service of Ondo State for exemplary services in various ad-hoc committees put up by government to address specific issues.

He retired meritoriously from the Civil Service of Ondo State as a Permanent Secretary in 2013 and had since gone into private business.

Ondo State is a state in Nigeria created on 3 February 1976 from the former Western State. It originally included what is now Ekiti State, which was split off in 1996. Akure is the state capital.

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