…Kogi SSG, Folashade Arike, MHR, Leke Abejide, Former Director NCC, Abubakar Yakub, GM Access Bank, Seguin Lamidi Honoured — IODU President
Daily Metro News NG
Ife OLUKOTUN, a community in Yagba East Local government area of Kogi State is celebrating it’s annual cultural day on December 26, 2022.
The community, which is known for its rich cultural and historical antecedents is putting this year celebration in December, to avail many of it’s sons and daughters as well as other friends the opportunity to witness the occasion, which has promised to be a grand ceremony.
The National President of Ife Olukotun Descendants Union, IODU, Dr Kehinde Mohammed, while addressing Journalist in Abuja, was full of optimism that this year’s event will provide great opportunity for display of cultural heritage as well as economic endowments of the community.
The event which is expected to be hosted by the OLUKOTUN of Ife OLUKOTUN, HRM, Oba Shuaibu Aiyegbajeje, will be chaired by Chief Dr. Stephen Dayo Mesele, a successful businessman; while His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kogi State, Alh YAHAYA Adoza Bello, will serve as Special guest of honour at the occasion.
In addition to the annual event, Mohammed stated that the Community Development fund of N100m will be launched.
Other dignitaries expected at the occasion include Amb Sola Enikanolaiye, Elejuku of Ejuku, Chairman of Yagba East Local Government, among others, Mohammed added.
The IODU president, hinted that the highlight of the event will be to honour some illustrious sons and daughters of the community, with Chieftaincy titles.
According to Mohammed, the Honourary committee was headed by HRH, Alh Isiaq Ajibola, the Akogun of Ife OLUKOTUN.
The secretary to the Kogi State Government, Dr FOLASHADE Arike, will receive special honour, for her quality and dedicated service to the state, Yagba East Local Government and Ife OLUKOTUN, along side Hon Leke Abejide, Honourable Member representing Yagba Federal Constituency, Alhaji Abubakar Yakub, former Director of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Mr Segun Lamidi, General Manager, Access Bank.
Earlier, in his submission, Mohammed pointed out that the event will provide great opportunity for younger generation of the community to appreciate it’s cultural values and historical artifacts.
He pointed out that the younger generations will have opportunity to appreciate the community’s heritage, like, Oroke Oluwa, the first primary school in Okunland, the dams, and many more.
He enjoined every sons and daughters of the community to look forward towards a successful event.
While appealing to all indigene of the community to attend, he was full of prayers for safe journey for everyone, attending the event and wishing for God’s guidance throughout the event and beyond.