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ONDO STATE AT 46 HALL OF FAME: A DATE WITH HISTORY




When the
Nigerian Television Authority in partnership with Groundbreaker Resources Limited unveiled the list of Ondo State at 46 inductees, nobody would agree less with the choice. They are true, exceptional personalities who have continued to lift their communities and their compatriots.

They are; Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa SAN, Dr. Mrs. Olubunmi Ademosu, Special Adviser to Governor Akeredolu on Intergovernmental Relations, Rector, Yaba College of Technology, Engr. Obafemi Omokungbe, Princess Oladuni Odu, Secretary to the State Government; Pastor Theophilus Netufo, GMD, Ikeja Hotel Plc, Prince Benson Babatope David, GMD Luminus Group, Prince Tony Erewa, GMD G. Erewa Group, Rear Admiral Samuel Alade rtd,  Mathew Oyerinmade(MATO), and Mrs. Titilola Esther Adedoyin. They were all inducted into the Ondo State @46Hall Hall of Fame.

The event which was held at the International Culture and Event Centre (The Dome), Akure, Ondo State, had in attendance the Ondo State First Lady, Arabirin Betty Akeredolu accompanied by the Ondo State Executive members. Others were Ondo State Deputy Governor, His Excellency, Hon. Lucky Aiyedatiwa, HRM Oba Adetoyinbo, Deji of Akure, Professor of Constitutional and Electoral Law, Rasheed Ijaodola SAN, Chief Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, Dr. Remi Olatubora, SAN and Prof. Olatunmile Adekunle, Evangelist J. K Naiyeju, Former Accountant General of the Federation amongst others.

 

Earlier in his welcome address, the `Chief Host to the programme, Mr. Segun Ojelade, the General manager, NTA, Akure on behalf of the organizers, stated that the spectrum of important occasions, birthdays are pretty low on the totem pole, "but when a birthday happens to be a significant milestone, like turning 46 in the life of an individual, entity, state or nation, there is always a huge justification for rolling out the drums.

 

"When the idea of this commemorative project, Ondo State @46 Hall Fame and Leadership Colloquium mooted, NTA jumped at it. This is because it is one of the states in Nigeria in which development we have taken a special interest. We, therefore, considered it an honour for us to be part of history in a noble effort to give a toast at the celebration of a state known for its enviable parade of eggheads and economic features."

 







Ojelade said; "Today, we can only agonize how wayward and degenerate the Nigerian society has become in the absence of the right values and positive role models. Today, the worldview revolves around the self, crass materialism, wealth, instant gratification and pleasure for its own sake. And to arrive overnight, none of the traditional values would suffice. Rather, one has to be self-centered, clever, smarter, greedy, streetwise, and ‘get rich quick, or die trying’. This is not the true Nigerian our founding fathers envisaged. Whatever happened to our foundation!

 

"Against the backdrop of increasing decay in our moral fabric, dishonest practices and inefficient management of public affairs by those in the corridor of power, Ondo State Hall of Fame Book Series and People of the Year Award was conceived to identify worthy role models in the state and use the achievements of these role models as examples to educate the youths that success through genuine labour is more rewarding and fulfilling.

 

"We believe that something has to be done to salvage the image of our country. While there is no estimate to rely on, it is safe to say that there are still few role models around; exemplary men and women who, against all odds, have embraced hard work and integrity, though we hardly have their preponderance in high places, especially in leadership positions."

 

The High point of the event was the Leadership Colloquium lecture delivered by Professor of Constitutional Law and Election Matters, Rasheed Jimoh Ijaodola, SAN on the topic; “Nigeria: The imperatives of Leadership and Governance”.

 

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and academician, Prof Rasheed Ijaodola, noted that the ongoing clamouring for zoning of the presidential office to a particular ethic group “is not democracy. In a good democracy, leaders should emerge through democratic processes and not imposed.”

 

According to Ijaodola,  “M.K.O Abiola (now late) a Yoruba man, followed all the electoral traditions in 1993 and became the winner of the primary election and became the leader of the Social Democratic Party. He emerged the flag bearer, and thereafter, every part of the country eventually voted for him.”

He said further that “it is a lazy person or persons who lack political acumen or democratic clout that with seek to hide under ethical considerations in order to become president. The idea of zoning is not for good politicians but lazy and mischief-makers. They should be ignored.

 

He, however, threw his back on the idea of independent candidates being mooted by the National Assembly, stressing that “is a better remedy. If any tribal zealot intends to climb on ethnic factors in order to become a leader, he or she is free to come out as an independent candidate.”

 

On the issue of leadership and agitation for restructuring currently facing the nation, Prof. Ijaodola noted that the fact that Nigeria is still surviving is a great achievement, adding that “the problem of disintegration the nation faces is not enough to get it broken along tribal lines. If Biafra should go, that does not translate to getting all the problems of Ibo solved in Biafra. Igbos are good and great business people. They may be requested to leave Nigeria for their Biafra. They will need visas to enter Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan, Kano, Maiduguri, Warri, Calabar and Port-Harcourt, etc. Their businesses may be affected.

 

“There is no guarantee that the problems they face in Nigeria today will not rear their ugly heads in Biafra. Osu tradition is still believed to be practiced underground through non-association particularly with respect to marital issues. The Biafra Nation will be confronted with such a problem on a very large scale. How can we allow the descendants of persons our ancestors set apart as sacrifices for the Gods be our rulers or leaders?. Some others who are not Igbos may find themselves in Biafra.

 

“The issues of minorities may still rear their ugly heads. Let us thank the leadership of Nigeria for keeping the nation as one. Similar problems may erupt in the Yoruba nation. Yoruba know Omo ale (illegitimate child) Ara Oke, Atohunrinwa and so many derogatory remarks can be coined in order to create a society of classes in a Yoruba nation. Several tribes living together as one is good and should be maintained. We should not bring in emotion in order to bury legal steps put in place by the nation in order to bring to justice those who threaten her survival.”

 

The special guest of honour and Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN said that Ondo State has been blessed with good leaders since it is creation on February 3, 1976, hence the rapid development it has been witnessing in both human and infrastructures.

 

Akeredolu, who was represented by his deputy, Lucky Ayedatiwa, hailed the organisers of the event, and the thought-provoking lecture of the guest speaker on the fundamental problems and solutions to governance and leadership issues facing the nation.

 

Akeredolu stressed that his administration in the State has been injecting and providing quality and quantitative services, projects and programmes purposefully for human development at every stage of life.

 

While congratulating the awardees, Akeredolu urged them not to relent on furthering more efforts towards a better society and humanity.

 

 

After over one hour of intellectual discussion, thought-provoking lecture, questions and answers series, entertainment and light music, the event was rated a first-class of it is kind, and one which must come yearly to tap from wealth of experience and knowledge base of people like Prof. Rasheed Jimoh Ijaodola, SAN.

 

And for the award recipients and inductees, it was a lifetime experience and special honour that will stand the test of time, and boost their statesmanship in no small measures.




































































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