Award conferment: Despite ‘conspiracy of absence,’ OCYF achieves memorable feat

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Award conferment: Despite ‘conspiracy of absence,’ OCYF achieves memorable feat
Inaolaji OLAYODE
Of the twenty-two organizations and individuals slated to receive awards of excellence in different categories Wednesday from Ogbomoso Community Youth Forum (OCYF), only five were present, the 17 others were conspicuously absent; there was no courtesy of even sending representatives.

Aale receives his award

Aale of Okelerin Oba Samuel Babatunde Amao (Award of Excellence in Leadership), Asiwaju Ojo Oluwatanna (Award of Distinction as Youth Achiever), the family of late Professor Nathaniel Durojaye Oyerinde (Posthumous Award of Undying Legacy), the family of late Chief Ogundare Foyanmu (Posthumous Award of Undying Legacy) and Ogbomoso Insight/The Insight (Award of Excellence in Service Delivery) were the only honorees who graced the occasion to receive their awards.
Ojo Oluwatanna (right) receives his award

“It’s conspiracy of absence,” Mr. Femi Ogunlana, publisher/Editor-in-Chief of The Insight noted while speaking with this medium after the event.
“You are slated for honour out of millions of people, you did not reject it but you didn’t show up or send representative to receive the award on your behalf. Not one but 17 persons and so, what is that if not individual conspiracy of absence.
Mr Rasheed Ayinla (left) on behalf of presents award to representative of late N.D. Oyerinde family

“It only shows the stuff we are made of, it is dishonour to spurn honour, moreover from an organization that has made impact in this milieu.”
Ogunlana added, “Did they ask anybody for money? Insight was not requested to pay a dime for the award, it’s recognition of people’s contributions to their community and society in general and to motivate others. l am not aware the award was floated to generate money.”

In his speech Oba Amao charged OCYF not to be dismayed by the poor turn out urging “it should be seen as a motivation rather.”
The traditional ruler commended the body for its contributions to Ogbomoso saying he had been part of their struggle for a better society.
AIG Sheu Babalola (left) presents award to late Foyanmu family

Chairman of the occasion Alhaji Sheu Babalola, a retired Assistant Inspector General of Police, also encouraged OCYF to continue to pursue its goal of a better and greater Ogbomoso while hammering on unity and love.
Babalola took time to applaud Aale of Okelerin Oba Amao for what he described as his efforts in moving Ogbomoso forward and serving as a unifying factor especially since the demise of Oba Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade III, Soun of Ogbomoso, in December 2021.
Ambassador Solomon Onilede, global president, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) alumni association, who was invested as “OCYF Youth Ambassador” pledged to continue to serve humanity and especially the interest of youths and Ogbomoso, stating, “Whenever l am called upon to serve l will hearken.”
Solomon Onilede (middle) after his investiture as OCYF Youth Ambassador

President of OCYF, Rev’d Peter Olaleye, recalled the achievements of the youth group in two years of founding disclosing the association evolved out of necessity to checkmate the excesses of electricity provider Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) officials at the time.
Prof Ige DSA LAUTECH on behalf of OCYF presents award to publisher Insight newspaper/

Thus curbing IBEDC exploitations in Ogbomoso and environs, intervening to restore peace in Ajaawa and Iluju during sectarian crises, facilitating repairs of roads particularly Caretaker-Ogbomoso High School section of southwest-northwest trunk A road, leading security agencies to comb Ayegun Yemetu forests at the rumour of hibernation of suspected bandits, award of scholarship to a pupil of Ogbomoso origin who excelled at a national mathematics competition, mediating peace among factions of Oodua Peoples Congress, staging a security rally to ward off kidnappers etc were highlighted as some of the achievements of the organization.
Olaleye asserted, “OCYF is founded to fight for the masses.”
Members of OCYF with some guests
Other highlights of the memorable event were music renditions by Asiwaju Ojo Oluwatanna and Ode Kekere, their presentations lit up the hall. Aderemu Akanmu, Ogidan Ede, ace radio presenter, expertly anchored the event.
”OCYF has been a good advocacy group, members should not be deterred, they should not relent they have been a good interventionist group in Ogbomoso. They are not psycophant as indicated by the poor turn out,” Ogunlana further noted.
Some other guests ya the event are Professor Azeem Ige, Dean of Students Affairs, LAUTECH; Mr. Rasheed Ayinla, CEO Ragaray Executive Suites; Comrade Matthew Oyewusi, president National Youth Council of Nigeria, Ogbomoso zone; ACP Ademola Adebiyi, Area Commander Owode Police Area Command; DPO, Owode Police headquarters, Mr. Lawal; and several security agents including traditional ones.

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