As a Natural Science Master’s Degree holder of the Chicago University, the Illinois United State of America, Alhaji Tajudeen Babatunde Rotinwa, who should be in the laboratory of one of the citadels of learning, ironically excelled as a Local Government Administrator who later became Head of Service (HOS) of Lagos State in September 1998. Born on June 29, 1945, in his Ikorodu hometown, Babatunde Rotinwa, after his elementary education at the Muslim Primary School (1952-1959) and Oriwu College (1960-1965) in Ikorodu, gained admission to the Chicago State University in 1971 for a B.sc Degree in Biology.
He completed the course in 1974 and advanced for a Masters’s Degree in Natural Science the same He worked briefly at a Research Library institution in 1975. Assistant (1972-1975) with the University before returning to Nigeria in 1976.
He became inspector of Education Gradel with the Lagos State Government Teaching Service, He taught Physics, Chemistry and Biology at the Epe Grammar School in 1977 and was later CommisSion posted to the Lagos State Government College, Oro where he served as Head of Science Department for the next one year. Providence, however, set-in in March 1978 resulting from the reformation of the Local Government Administration Commission in Babatunde had to transfer his State service Nigeria from Education to Local Government Commission He became Assistant Secretary at the Somolu Local Government Council, where he headed the Task Force, which improved the Counciľ’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
He was also responsible for project monitoring for the Council. Due to his impactful services to the State, he was appointed as the Council-Manager to Epe Local Government Council in January 1980, during the second term in office of the late Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande. At Epe he initiated the construction of the Council’s Secretariat and Staff Quarters at tamarun He also modernized the Aiyetoro Market and the construction of Aiyetoro Motor park amongst others.
He became Principal Secretary in 1981, due to his unprecedented achievements in projects executions at the Local Government. He was later posted to the Somolu Local Government as the Council-Manager in 1982 where his administration provided street lights and constructed many roads and drainages across the Local Government area. What was most pronounced about Rotinwa’s achievements in Somolu were the emergence of the Council as the Cleanest Urban Local Council in 1985 and also the generation of almost 100% IGR for the Council the same year.
He also won Local Government of the year 1986 in Lagos State, He later served in various capacities in the State including Secretary, Staff Development and Service Matters and Director of Civil Service Reforms among others, He was also one-time Administrative Secretary of the defunct National Republican Convention (ONPC) He serves as the Director for Establishment and Training at the Local Government Service Commission between 1991 and 1993.
The Climax of his service came in September when the then Military administration of Buba Marwa appointed him the Head of Service, the post he held till June when he retired from the service of the local government with over two decades of Local Government cumulative experience, Alhaji Practice in Local Government Administration Babatunde Rotinwa shared part of what he documented in his book titled: “Best Practice in Local Government Administration in Nigeria published in 2016 with Alausa Alert!