Abiodun Onafuye, Abeokuta
It was jubilation galore on Saturday for all sons and daughters of Ilaro in Yewa South local government area of Ogun state, as Chairman of the Kessington Adebunkola Adebutu Foundation, KAAF, Sir Kessington Adebutu donated N5 million for the completion of ongoing projects for Oronna Ilaro festival.
The donation was made at the grand finale of the Oronna Ilaro festival 2014 at Ilaro.
Adebutu, who was the Chairman of the festival, disclosed that the festival has become a unifying force for the Yewa people in the state, adding that, “Oronna Ilaro festival must be seen as a viable vehicle for the promotion of Yewa socio-economic agenda as well as the political advancement of the people.”
He further stated that Yewaland has grown to be recognized as a strong economic hub, not only in Ogun state, but the entire country.
Adebutu added that the Ilaro community must continue to strive for the advancement of its people by expanding the size and economic relevance of the festival as a catalyst for development.
In his own remark, Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Barr. Taiwo Adeoluwa commended the royal fathers, elder and youths of the town for the support given to his administration in the last 42 months, adding that, the government will complete all ongoing projects and all other works started by his administration before leaving office in 2019.
The governor who called for continuous support of the Yewa people said, “when I assumed office, many were skeptical of my ability to deliver, but the passage of time has shown that we can deliver, even better than the expectations of the people as is manifest in the provision of world class infrastructures and other developmental initiatives,” Amosun posited.
While calling for the continuing support for the present administration in the state, Olu of Ilaro and Paramount ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle called on relevant authorities not to disenfranchise the people of Yewaland as many are yet to get the Permanent Voters Card or get registered as voters.
The monarch said some prominent sons of the Ilaro community have promised to donate to the ongoing construction at the Asade Agunloye Pavilion, the permanent venue of the festival grand finale, adding that, others should not wait to be begged before joining in community development initiatives.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman of the festival Central Planning Committee in the last three yerars, Chief Kayode Odunaro, who is also the Baaroyin of Ilaro disclosed that the pavilion which has become a major event centre in Yewaland, was constructed as part of the rebranding of the festival. He said the pavilion has been endorsed by Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation and has since become a major social and cultural event centre in Yewaland.
Odunaro, who was the former Media aide to the former Speaker, Federal House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole said the pavilion is being developed further to include two adjoining pavilions, office complex, landscaping and power generating system, adding that all sons and daughters should be proud to be part of the development.
Among the major Corporate sponsors for this year’s festival were; Dangote Cement, Ibeshe and MTN.