Oodua Group Commends Makinde Over Road Maintenance

The management of Western Hotels Ltd, a subsidiary of Odua Group of Companies has commended Governor Seyi Makinde for his promptness in the rehabilitation of the internal road network of the hotel and major roads within the Ibadan metropolis, which has made vehicular and people’s movement less stressful.

The commendation was made in Ibadan by the Managing Director/ CEO of the hotel, Mr Abimbola Alagbe during a courtesy visit to the Chairman, Oyo State Road Maintenance Agency, OYSROMA, Hon. Kamil Akinlabi Mudashiru, in his office over the weekend.

Also present during the visit was the State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun and other Government officials.

According to him, the gesture of the State Government to rehabilitate the internal road network of the Premier Hotel was notable and historical as such repair work was done about 30 years ago.

“I make bold to say that our passionate appeal for assistance on the resurfacing of our hotel internal road network to His Excellency Gov. Seyi Makinde was given prompt approval and attention, this is a major rehabilitation in the last 30 years.

“The present administration in Oyo State, led by Governor Seyi Makinde has given Governance a human face, I can assure you and the whole world that the quality of the work done was unprecedented, we noticed same in the metropolis as many areas that were difficult to ply by motorists are now free, due to recent repair works by the Government agency.

“We are grateful to the Government for the quality and standard in which the work was done. Within 5 days, the work was completed, we commend the level of professionalism that was put in place during the rehabilitation of the road network.”

In his remarks, the Chairman OYSROMA, Hon. Kamil Akinlabi Mudashiru, noted that the assistance of the Government, through the agency, was to fulfil its promise of improving the Internally Generated Revenue, IGR of the Premier Hotel and the State at large.

“Governor Seyi Makinde made a promise to improve the Internally Generated Revenue IGR of the State, hence the rehabilitation of the Premier Hotel road network would Improve their patronage and by extension that of the State, there was also a recent approval from the Governor for our agency to reopen our offices at the local communities to replicate the work we are doing in the metropolis, it shows this administration is for the people.”

In his contribution, the Honorable Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun, stated that the State Government would continue to deliver dividends of democracy to the citizenry through the provision of basic amenities within the nooks and crannies of the State.

“The present administration in the State led by Governor Seyi Makinde will continue to deliver dividends of democracy to the people through the provision of good roads, quality education, free qualitative health care, security of lives and property across the nooks and crannies of the State”.

 

 

Hon. Wasiu Olatunbosun, PhD.,

Hon. Commissioner, 

Min. of Information, Culture & Tourism,

Oyo State Government.

 

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Oyo Shines, Wins Medals At NAFEST 2019

Oyo State has rounded off its sterling performance in the 2019 National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) tagged Edo 2019 by winning gold, silver and bronze medals.

The State contingency came 5th out of 29 States that participated in the edition, a feat adjudged the best in the history of its participation.

According to the panel of Umpires, Oyo State would have come 3rd, but due to the tallying of points by Ogun, River, Edo, Bayelsa and Delta States for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd ranks and Oyo State had to drop to the 5th position.

In distinguishing the brilliant display by the State contingent, its children cultural dance troupe was rated the best and made to perform before Her Excellency, the Wife of Edo State Governor, Mrs. Betsy Bene Obaseki.

As announced at the end of the event, Oyo State came 1st in Children Cultural Quiz, 2nd in Children Arts and Craft, 4th in Traditional Board Game (Ayo) and 5th in Drama competitions.

While receiving the awards and certificates on behalf of the Oyo State Government, the General Manager, Oyo State Council for Arts and Culture, Mrs. Olayinka Adedeji, praised the team for making the State proud.

She commended the current administration led by Engineer Seyi Makinde for the moral and financial support given to the State to participate in this year’s event.

The last time Oyo State attended the annual festival was in 2012.

In his reaction, the Commissioner for Information Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun lauded the delegation for the sterling performance in the Culture and Arts carnival.

He also commended Governor Seyi Makinde for the support given to the troupe to showcase the rich cultural heritage of Oyo State, reiterating the administration’s promise to resuscitate and promote the cultural heritage in all the Local Government areas of the State.

“The performance of the State’s contingency has again proved that a new Oyo State that will best others in any competition, be it in education, culture, commerce, security, health and public infrastructure is here, we salute the unrelenting attitude of our young ones who participated in the 2019 NAFEST Festival and we will always support them whenever the need arises.

“No doubt that Oyo State is the home of culture and we are not relenting in showcasing this to the outside world, as this important aspect of life will also serve as a source of revenue generation for the State,” he declared.

 

 

Hon. Wasiu Olatunbosun, PhD.,

Hon. Commissioner, 

Min. of Information, Culture & Tourism,

Oyo State Government.

 

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Oyo Celebrates First Ijala Festival with Carnival, Competition, Awards

The inaugural celebration of Ijala festival in Ibadan would be heralded with carnival, competition and awards for notable Ibadan indigenes from the 17th to 19th of October 2019 at Ilaji Hotels and Resort Center, Akanran, Ibadan.

The event which was packaged by Ona-Ara Development Forum (ODF) in conjunction with Oyo State Ministry of Information and Tourism was slated towards awakening the cultural renaissance and to bring back the glory of Yoruba’s oral poetry popularly called Ijala.

This disclosure was made on Monday by the President, Ona-Ara Development Forum, Alhaji Kola Bolomope at a Press conference held at the Film Theater of the State Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.

Bolomope said the need for the cultural renaissance was occasioned by the dearth of Yoruba culture which he said has contributed to low sense of cultural belonging and poor moral rectitude among the people of the Southwest Nigeria.

“To the Yoruba of South-west Nigeria, to be a hunter was an ultimate honour and those who were hunters were seen as ideal men. Ijala chant belongs to a genre of exclusive hunters and are performed on festivals such as coronations and weddings.

“This important aspect of our cultural heritage is going into extinction. As a community with the background of several brave and distinguished hunters, it is our conviction that we should spearhead the revival and promotion of this form of Yoruba entertainment.

“The program which will hold between Thursday 17th and Saturday 19th October 2019 will also serve as a platform to boost tourism, maintain the oral traditions of the Yoruba people and for the children of Yorubas to be more exposed to the art of Ijala storytelling as well as creating employment opportunities for the teeming population of the State.”

The State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun who was at the event hinted that the State Government’s policy on promotion of cultural values and arts was in tandem with the Ijala renaissance project, promising the group behind the festival of Government’s support for its success.

 

 

 

Hon. Wasiu Olatunbosun, PhD.,

Hon. Commissioner, 

Min. of Information, Culture & Tourism,

Oyo State Government.

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Oyo Commissioner Urges Parents to Engage Children in Yoruba Language

The Oyo State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun has tasked parents to inculcate the culture of speaking Yoruba language with their children so that the language would not go into extinction.

Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun made the call while hosting Egbe Akomolede ati Asa Ile Yoruba, a Yoruba socio-cultural group, led by the leader, Alagba Olarewaju Akano in his office.

The Commissioner lamented the gradual extinction of Yoruba language noting that the new generation could no longer communicate in Yoruba language.

Dr Olatunbosun said Yoruba people were known for moral uprightness and strive to develop the society, the traits he said were mostly absent in the present world as such good attributes were no longer in existence due to loss of moral values and cultural integrity.

“There is no way the problems we have in our society today will not be there with the loss of morality and integrity that Yoruba culture teaches. Our children are today interested in foreign content in Television and fashion to the detriment of the vast enriched culture of the Yorubas.

“A company invested millions of naira on a TV reality show that depicted a foreign culture and our people stayed glued to it because that is what they loved. You cannot blame the children for the choice they made in foreign content, you have to blame the parents that created room for it.

“Let our children speak Yoruba at home and engage them in deep Yoruba sayings so that in the future, they will say you try your best.”

The Commissioner promised that the Ministry would do all within its power to promote Yoruba culture through on-line media to showcase the rich culture and tradition of Yoruba people to the outside world.

While noting that Yoruba culture was being embraced by the foreigners, Dr Olatunbosun advised the Yoruba to value their language and other traditions in the interest of the future generations.

Earlier in his address, the president of Egbe Akomolede ati Asa Yoruba, Alagba Olanrewaju Akano informed the Commissioner that Yoruba books were being published to propagate the progress of the native language and imbibe the culture of Yoruba speaking and reading into younger generations.

 

 

Hon. Wasiu Olatunbosun, PhD.,

Hon. Commissioner, 

Min. of Information, Culture & Tourism,

Oyo State Government.

 

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