Obokun Council Boss Promises Physical, Human Development

The newly-inaugurated Chairman, Obokun Local Government, Mrs Olatunde Adejoke has promised the people of the council area, both physical and human development.

She made the promise shortly after taking the oath of office as the Chairman of the council recently.

Barrister Adejoke who appreciated God and the people of the council for her emergence as the council boss after the entrenchment of parliamentary system at the local government level, said all efforts would be made by her administration to justify the confidence reposed in her by the people of the council and most especially her colleagues in the parliament.

The council boss implored the citizens of Obokun Local Government both at home and in diaspora to rally round the administration in order to make her dream for the council becomes a reality.

According to a statement by the Principal Information Officer of the council, Bayo Oladotun, the newly-elected chairman also used the opportunity to call on all indigenes in diaspora to come home and embark on developmental projects that would help in the transformation of the area to a better haven.

Lauding Governor Rauf Aregbesola for his visionary and dynamic leadership towards the development of the state, the council boss noted that the efforts of the government at the state level would be complemented by her administration in the local government to ensure that people get to enjoy the dividends of democracy.

Other members of the newly-inaugurated council’s parliament are, Mr Ogunwuyi Babatunde as the Vice Chairman, Alhaji Oladiran Ashaolu as the leader, Mrs. Ogundipe Tobi as the deputy leader and Owoeye Kolawole as a member of the parliament.

Present at the inauguration ceremony were traditional rulers;  the Apetu of Ipetu-Ile, Oba Oludele Falade; Alademure of Ibokun, Oba Festus Awogboro; Alase of Ilase-Ijesha, HRM, Isiaka Adesina; Olomu of Ijaregbe, Oba E.A. Adetimo; and Alahun of Ilahun, Oba Lawrence Olamiju.

Among party members and leaders at the event were, members of the Osun House of Assembly representing Obokun Constituency, Honourable Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, Chief Jumoke Ogunkeye (J.M.K.); Honourable Oladimeji Olamijulo; Chief Bosun Omole; Barrister (Mrs.) Dupe Ajayi; Engr. Olatunde and Mr Agbaje Olatunde among others.

Oyintiloye Empowers 759 Farmers, Senior Citizens

A member of the Osun State House of Assembly, representing Obokun State Constituency, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye has distributed farm inputs and other empowerment materials to farmers and some other residents of his constituency.

About 125 farmers, 65 widows, 83 senior citizens and 486 vulnerable individuals benefited from the empowerment initiatives.

Some of the materials distributed were herbicides, cutlasses, farm sprayers, as well as cash gifts and clothes to widows and elderly women amongst several others.

Oyintiloye said the distribution of the materials was part of his gesture to give back to the society and empower his constituents, particularly in the agricultural sector.

He said, the idea behind the distribution of the farm inputs was in line with the government decision to encourage agriculture, saying, “my constituency is made up of agrarian communities and 75 per cent of the residents are farmers”.

“This distribution is as a result of baseline studies of the needs of the people in my constituency, materials are not just being distributed, they were chosen after due consultation, which reiterated my belief that the appropriate empowerment materials for my people are agricultural inputs”.

“I am convinced that these materials, with the various supports from the state government would assist farmers in this constituency to increase their yields”, he said.

Oyintiloye then hinted that though, the economy is faced with challenges, but he has resolved to continue to make impacts in the lives of the people in line with the mandate given to him.

He then assured those that are yet to benefit from the gesture not to be discouraged, saying that he would soon roll out similar empowerment programmes for them.

Obokun Traditional Festival Celebrated In Grand Style

Obokun festival is one of the traditional festivals being celebrated among the Yoruba people, but peculiar to the people of Ibokun, the headquater of Obokun Local Government Council Area of the State of Osun.

It is widely believed among the people of the ancient town that the celebration was in remembrance of its founding father, “Obokun” a brave warrior and a hero having fought a war and liberated the town from external forces. The festive period was also considered a period of appeasement to the goddess.

The 2017 edition of the traditional festival, celebrated recently was not an exception, as it was celebrated in grand style with several tourists in attendance.

According to the Owa Obokun of Ibokun, Oba Festus Awogboro, the celebration had been in existed upon the death of Obokun who was believed to have fought for the survival of the ancient town in his honour.

He urged   government to encourage and support the Obokun festival and other cultural festival in the state, adding that they are sources of revenue generation for government.

Speaking at the celebration, Member of Osun House of Assembly, representing Obokun State Constituency, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, called on government at all levels to invest in tourism and culture to boost economy and job creation.

Oyintiloye said such investment and promotion of local cultural festival and tourism potentials would go a long way in developing the economy.

The lawmaker noted that if proper attention is paid to tourism and culture, it would not only serve as alternative source of income for the government, but also reinforce the fight against social vices.

Oyintiloye, who is the House Committee Chairman on Information and Strategy, said government’s investment on tourism and culture would catalyse job creation such as tour guide, horticulture, food services, entertainment industry, craft and Arts productions, waste recycling, among others.

“It is now prerogative government and Nigerians tap into advantage of these opportunities in the tourism sector”, the lawmaker said.

Oyintiloye who described   ‘Ibokun festival’ as a unique one, called on the state government to focus attention on it to serve as a source of revenue for the state.

The lawmaker, who noted that Obokun cultural value and tourism potentials were enormous, called all stakeholders including sons and daughters of Ibokun at home and in diaspora to contribute their quota towards its development.

He, then, commended the state government for developing tourism master plan, which he said had a robust and global outlook.

In her remarks, the Special Adviser to Gov. Rauf Aregbesola on Tourism, Mrs Taiwo Oluga said, the state government is making frantic efforts to make the festival a national and international one.”

Oluga said that government is passionate about sustainable tourism development towards job and wealth creation.