Osun Monarch Lauds Aregbesola’s Commitment to Good Governance Despite Economic Recession
By Waheed Adekunle, Osogbo
The Oluwo of Iwo kingdom, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi has applauded Osun state governor Rauf Aregbesola for drifting the state towards economic prosperity.
The renowned traditional ruler also commended the state government for being focused and determined in piloting the train of the state to promised land even in the face of the present economic realities.
Oba Akanbi gave the commendation why receiving a Grand Royal Eminence Award from the indigenes of the ancient town.
The award presentation and launching
of historic movie titled “Adekola Telu” was organized to honour notable dignitaries in Iwoland.
The monarch who described the current economic situation in Nigeria as ever the worst in history, however extolled governor Aregbesola’s foresight towards socioeconomic, political and religious sustainability in the state.
Oba Akanbi who attributed the present economic adversity to lack of good leadership, therefore called on government at various levels to always prioritize the welfare of the masses.
The monarch who described worldly things as ephemeral, said the time has come for Nigerian leaders and traditional rulers to look beyond their noses and rise to rescue the present economic situation in the country.
Oba Akanbi said the traditional rulers and traditional institutions remained notable mechanism to avert the nation from the current economic woes, thus called on his counterparts to deploy their wherewithal to rescue the country.
He said the traditional institutions should not fold arms till country collapses just as he assured that no stone would be left unturned at ensuring the continuity of the corporate existence of Nigeria.
Oba Akanbi said the time has come for every institution to live up to expectation especially at a time the nation is being ravaged with myriads of challenges.
While itemizing some of the landmark achievements since he ascended the throne of his forefathers, the traditional ruler held that his reign has brought many developments and transformations to the ancient town in the last eight months.
Oba Akanbi said within his few months on the throne, he has been able to bring a study centre on National Open University (NOUN) to the ancient town.
He assured his subjects of continued commitment to pro-masses’ plights, adding that no opportunity would pass-by without being judiciously utilized.
Other awardees include: the spokesman of Osun state governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon (Golden Media Ambassador Award); Former Special Assistant to governor Aregbesola on Legal Matter, Barrister Bola Abimbola bags Legal Icon Award, Former Special Adviser to the Osun state governor on works and transport, Engr. Sabitu Oladepo Amudah bags Community Service Chief Award, among others.