THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun has reassured that his administration will continue to create an environment where the culture, tradition and heritage of the state would be better appreciated and celebrated, thereby promoting tourism within the state.
The governor made this known at the just concluded Ojude Oba Festival held in Ijebu Ode.
According to report, he said:
‘For us as a Government, we will continue to create the necessary enabling environment for things like these to thrive, we will witness many more of these, indeed, this is something that has come to stay, this is a festival that will outlive all of us.’
Amosun eased the tension of the people of the land on the health condition of the monarch. He said:
‘Let me thank God Almighty for Kabiyesi, Awujale’s life, yes, a lot of us were worried, but we thank God that Kabiyesi is here, hale and hearty, that is why I insisted that Kabiyesi must speak and address us, so that everybody will know that kabiyesi is well’
Speaking at the event, the Ogun State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Rt. Hon. Muyiwa Oladipo, and his colleagues in the Information and Strategy, as well as Commerce and Industry state ministries, Otunba Dayo Adeneye and Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, respectively, said that the annual celebration of Ojude Oba Festival which started over a decade ago is not just an opportunity to pay homage to the monarch, but also an opportunity to assemble all sons and daughters of the land.
The Awujale of Ijebu land, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona, thanked Governor Amosun for being a pillar of support over the years.
‘Your Excellency, I must thank you for your support over the years, you have been there, you supported me, God will support you too,’ the monarch said.
The festival featured series of competitions in different categories. In the horse riding competition, Balogun Kuku Family emerged as winner. The age group (Regberegbe) competition saw Egbe Bobamayegun Okunrin Asiwaju Akile coming first in the male category, and Egbe Arobayo Obinrin coming first in the female category.