By John Kayode
The Osele High School, Ikare-Akoko, Headquaters of Akoko North-East Local Government Area of Ondo State has at the weekend held a reception in honour of the state Head of Service, Pastor Kayode Ogundele and other prominent sons and daughters of the ancient town in recognition of their contribution to the society.
Speaking at the event, the Chairman of the Organising Committee, Alhaji Umar Abdulazeez, said the occasion was informed by the need to celebrate sterling achievements of some of the 43-year old institution’s products while they are alive.
According to him, ‘Today, we are celebrating a product of this great Citadel of Learning in person of Pastor Kayode Ogundele who rose to the peak of his career and recently appointed as the Head of Service by our amiable governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, CON.’
‘It is our intention to celebrate ourselves while alive to indicate the real meaning of celebration of life and not after death as it is in some quarters. We are equally giving awards of honour to some notable and highly influential people who have distinguished themselves in their chosen careers and contributed immensely to the development of our community and humanity in general.’ He added.
Other recipients of honours and awards include: Bishop of Akoko Anglican Diocese, Rt. Revd Jacob Bada, Maj. Gen. Lukman Omoniyi, Mrs Oluwatoyin Ajagbusi, Princess Fatimo Momoh, Mr Bosun Ogundipe and CSP Ejigbo Tajudeen among others.
In his reaction, the Head of Service, Pastor Ogundele, who used the occasion to thank God for taking him that far, eulogised the governor, Arakunrin Akeredolu and thanked him for finding him worthy of the appointment as the Head of Service.
Accompanied by his wife, Dr. Joan Ogundele, Permanent Secretaries and top government functionaries, Ogundele pledged his continued support for the school and the community in general.
He thanked the other awardees for their efforts at developing the community, urging them not to be deterred in their continued strives for more beneficial projects for Ikare Akoko and the state at large.
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