Makinde was about presenting his speech at the inter-faith prayer service when he heard about the news.
He, however, was unable to present his prepared speech at the occasion.
The inter-faith prayer service was organised by the state government to usher the state civil servants into the New Year.
Alao-Akala was reported to have died in his sleep on Wednesday morning after his return from a trip to Abuja.
Makinde immediately directed the gathering of civil servants, political appointees and religious leaders at the event to observe a one-minute silence in honour of Alao-Akala.
He prayed God to grant his (deceased) loved ones and all his well-wishers the fortitude to bear the loss.(NAN)