Osun At 30: Govt To Honour Adeboye, Akande, Alakija, 25 Others

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 The Osun government has unveiled its plan to   honour 28 eminent persons, including Pastor Enoch Adeboye and former governor Bisi Akande as part of activities to mark the 30th anniversary of the state.
Akinola said that the awardees, who would be honoured under four categories, were selected by a jury on the basis of their service to Osun and contribution to the global and local society.
He said they would be awarded under the categories of Osun lifetime achievement, legacy, merit and distinguished awards.
Some of the awardees are Folorunsho Alakija, Chancellor, Osun State University,  Pastor Matthew Asimolowo, Senior Pastor, Kingsway Christian International Centre (KICC), Sheikh Abdur’rasheed Hadiyatulla, President, Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria, among others.
He said: “Both indigenes and non-indigenes who have contributed to the development of Osun were meticulously selected, and there is no restriction to age, gender, religion, ethnicity or tribe.
“It is our conviction that this will serve as inspiration to others to contribute to the progress of the state,” Akinola said.
The Chief of Staff also said that an anniversary colloquium would be organised on Sept. 9, adding that it will be held physically and virtually due to   the peculiarity of the season.
“This is an anniversary worth celebrating because of the illustrious struggles and successes the state has recorded in its journey, and also an opportunity to catalogue milestones recorded in the journey so far.
“The objective of the colloquium, among others, is to discuss the developmental strides in the State of Osun since creation, the roles played by actors till date, key lessons and suggestions for attaining greater heights,” he said.
Akinola said that high profile resource persons expected at the colloquium included; Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, Sultan of Sokoto, Dr Reuben Abati, former Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Media and Publicity; Dr Yemi Farounbi, former Nigerian Ambassador to the Phillipines, among others.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Osun was created on Aug. 27, 1991, by the then military president, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida.

The state was carved out of the old Oyo State.

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