Tunji Bello is an environmentalist, political scientist, accomplished journalist and a lawyer. He was born on July 1, 1961. He holds a B.Sc (Hons) in Political Science from the University of Ibadan which he obtained in 1984 in addition to a Masters in International Law Diplomacy ML.D (1987) from the University of Lagos. Bello is also a Barrister at Law (BL) qualifying from the Nigerian Law School, Lagos In 2001 having graduated with an LL.B (Hons.) (Bachelors of Law) from the University of Lagos, Nigeria (2000)
He began his career at Concord Press of Nigeria as a Feature Writer; was also an Assistant Features Editor, Political Editor, Editor Sunday Concord and National Concord respectively. He was once a Staff Writer with St. Petersburg Times, Florida, USA, and the US News & World Report, Washington DC in 1992.
Apart from serving as Special Assistant to Bashorun MKO Abiola, winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 Presidential election, he became a frontline member of the PRO-DEMOCRACY group that trenchantly fought for the revalidation of that electoral mandate from 1993 to 1999. His activism days dated back to the University of Ibadan when he was the Vice-President of the Students Union. He joined This Day newspaper in 2000 as Chairman of its Editorial Board and left in 2003 to serve under the administration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as Commissioner for the Environment.
A multiple award winner: He won the Concord Press award for Journalistic Excellence and Bravery and; Concord Publisher’s Best Editorial Manager: Winner, Alfred Friendly Press Fellowship, USA. He was a recipient of amongst others; the University of Ibadan Distinguished Alumnus Award and the University of Lagos Distinguished Alumni Achievers Award Of Excellence. He was honoured by Nigerian Society of Engineers, Ikeja, Lagos branch, and the UNDP for laying the foundation for environmental sustenance in Lagos state. He has authored one book and contributed to four others.
In July 2011, he joined the Governor Babatunde Fashola administration’s train, once again, as Commissioner for the Environment where he meritoriously served till May 29, 2015.
Following the successful outcome of the 2015 gubernatorial elections whereby Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode emerged the winner and became Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Tunji Bello was appointed the Secretary to the State Government on the 29th May 2015 serving till the expiration of the tenure of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode.
On August 20, 2019, following the confirmation of his nomination as a cabinet member by the State House of Assembly, Mr. Tunji Bello took the oath of office as the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources before Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu.
He is happily married to Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, the Vice Chancellor, Lagos State University, Ojo, and blessed with children