BY John Kayode
The Chairman of Ondo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Hon. victor Olabimtan has charged Akoko Sons and Daughters to form a common front for the development of Akoko land.
The patron of the Akoko Sons and Daughters stated this while delivering his keynote address at the annual Get Together and Presentation of Award Ceremony to distinguished men and Women of proven characters and integrity held at NLC hall in Akure, the Ondo state capital.
He said it was pertinent for the indigene of Akoko both men and women to come together in unity to rescue the area from underdevelopment.
The former speaker of Ondo State House of Assembly added that Akoko constituted the majority in the Local Government Service, adding that they must use their strength in lending helping hands to one another .
He said: “We have educated Sons and Daughters of Akoko in all sectors. So it’s time for us to use our education for the good of Akoko. Let us be our brothers keeper, let us support ourselves, you don’t have to be Governor or President before you can help people.”
Also speaking at the event, the Ondo State Head of Service, Pastor Kayode Ogundele said he was happy to be in the midst of his people.
Ogundele charged all the Sons and Daughters of Akoko in service to be upright and remain focus, saying they must not be found wanting for any wrong doing.
The Chairperson of Akoko Sons and Daughters , Mrs Adenike Ogunsola in her welcome address, said the association would help in promoting the Akoko belief, cultural heritage and create unity in diversity.
Ogunsola added that the association would also be used to ginger ,promote and elevate Akoko’s image and status through the collective efforts of all Akoko indigenes in local government service and for over all development of the area.
She noted that Akoko was still lagging behind in terms of infrastructure among other tribes in the state
She commended the State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN on the dualisation of Ikare township road,
“Like Oliver twist, we are asking for more.”
Other speakers at the event also harped on the need for the indigenes of Akoko to work together as one entity to develop the area.
Awards of excellence were later bestowed on the distinguished sons and Daughters of Akoko which include Otunba (Dr) Solomon Ayodele Oladunni, Ondo State Head of Service, pastor Kayode Ogundele, retired permanent secretary , Dr. Bunmi Eniayewu, Hon Bunmi Tunji Ojo, Hon.Adejoro Adeogun, Member Ondo State House of Assembly, Hon. Elegbeleye Olalekan and many others, while Posthumous Award was given to Late Kasali Busari.