Ajilete University, Akintola House top agenda at 2022 Ogbomoso Parapo AGM

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Ajilete University, Akintola House, improved electricity top agenda at 2022 Ogbomoso Parapo AGM

Bolaji DAVID

Issues that topped the agenda at the 2022 annual general meeting (AGM) of Egbe Omo Ogbomoso Parapo Agbaaye held at Ogunlola Hall, Oja’gbo, Monday, included proposals on a private university in Ogbomoso, erection of a masterpiece Ogbomoso House (to be styled Akintola House), improved electricity supply and Ajilete Day.

Justce Adeniran (rtd.)

The event thronged by a massive crowd of indigenes from all over the world has over the years been an avenue to discuss Ogbomoso and chart ways forward for its development.

In his address, president of the socio-cultural organization, Hon Justice Afolabi Adeniran (rtd.) said the exco had come up with new ideas to bring more sparkle to the city among which are the founding of a private university and bringing to reality the construction of Ogbomoso House.

Femi Onireti (right) in a warm greetings with Olamijuwonlo Alao-Akala,
PDP and APC candidates respectively for Ogbomoso federal constituency at the AGM

He submitted, while thanking the federal government over the establishment of a federal polytechnic in Ayede, Ogo-Oluwa local government area of Ogbomoso zone, that “We want Ogbomoso to have a private university. We will consult with everybody to make it a reality.”
Justice Adeniran further said,

“Also, we are looking at resuscitating the construction of the Akintola House, whose idea was birthed by Chief (Dr) Ladiji Abidemi Gbadamosi when he was president of Ogbomoso Parapo in the 2000s.

“The model he came up with was inspiring, it’s an architecture masterpiece, it will enhance the status of Ogbomoso, we will begin work on it.”

On Ogbomoso Water Supply Scheme, that has been enmeshed in controversy over theft/carting away of its properties, Adeniran expressed gratitude to leaders who have been intervening to halt the anomaly just as he commended Ogbomoso Community Foundation (OCF) for the success of reprinting the classic book – “Iwe Itan Ogbomoso,” authored by late Professor Nathaniel Durojaye Oyerinde in 1934, noting, “It will get many more people to know about the history of Ogbomoso, it is an eye opener.”

Cross section of audience

He also promised greater effort will be brought to bear to facilitate improved electricity in the community.

Similarly, in a statement by Ogbomoso Community Youth Forum (OCYF), signed by its president, Rev’d Peter Olaleye, and distributed at the AGM, a case was made for the establishment of a private university in Ogbomoso as well as floating of a cultural festival to be tagged “Ogbomoso Day” (as a way of building on the success of Ogbomoso Youth Festival which it recently held).
Rev’d Olaleye who highlighted the several achievements of OCYF assured, “We hope to do more, we will not relent, by God’s grace we will continue to contribute our quota to make Ogbomoso greater.

Rev’d Olaleye

“With the blessings of our fathers and all associations in Ogbomoso, OCYF wishes to relinquish “Ogbomoso Youth Festival” to the entire Ogbomoso Community as the 2023 edition will be known as “OGBO DAY”. Ogbo is a symbol of unity among our fathers from inception. It is a weapon at the war front. It is a symbol of reconciliation and covenant among our fathers! (KAFI OGBO KAN OGBO). Kindly be informed that this project will be boosting Ogbomoso economy every year and will also be attracting Ogbomoso sons and daughters and guests to invest in our economy.

“To this end, the associations of Babaloja, Iyaloja, technicians and artisans have agreed that every year they will be closing markets for this event, in order to be celebrating the oneness of Ogbomoso.

“The launching of “Ajilete University.” Yes, it is possible! It is so much possible for Ogbomoso to have its own private university based on public private partnership (PPP). OCYF has written a proposal that will see all duly registered associations with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and every individual who have capacity to participate in its establishment.
“The institution will have its focus on ICT, entrepreneurship and agriculture. With the blessings of our fathers, OCYF looks forward to floating Ogbomoso education summit by middle of the year 2023.

Hon Segun Odebunmi Bunvic (left) with Dr Saka Balogun

“As I conclude, I will like to say this that the aims and objectives of OCYF are all about service to God and humanity. And in whatever things we are doing, our community always comes first! This is the rationale behind the OCYF’s moves.”
In similar vein the need for overall development of Ogbomoso got a passionate mention at the AGM with a strident call to those who have the wherewithal to facilitate developmental projects to the city.

Olugbon of Orile-Igbon, Oba Francis Olusola Alao, urged the people to choose candidates they would vote for with diligence, “vote those who can bring developments, don’t be deceived by their sugar-coated campaign promises and avoid violence during the elections.”

Olugbon

The Olugbon who is a vice chairman of Oyo State Council of Chiefs and Obas also canvassed for a restructuring of Ogbomoso Parapo to make every section in the zone have a sense of belonging.

The event which drew an unusual large crowd had many politicians (serving and non-serving), political candidates in the forthcoming general elections and traditional rulers in attendance.

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