The youths in the Oke Ogun region of Oyo State have been advised to lead a fulfilling life by enlarging their freedoms and opportunities.
This admonition came from Professor Adam Sirajudeen, the Guest Speaker at 11th edition of Oba Abimbola Oyedokun Annual Memorial Lecture organized by the Ife Varsity Saki Students’ Union (IVSSU) at the Saki Parapo Town Hall on 30th December, 2017.
He emphasized the need to increase youths’ access to knowledge, health and income in order to enhance their capabilities.
He also advised that young people should not be deterred by the current underdevelopment especially in the region; and that they should stand taller than their present predicament.
Also, Alhaji Sulaiman Oroyinyin, a former Commisioner of Police, reminded the youths of the basic objective of education as a change in behaviour.
He counseled that the youths should be self-reliant and job creators rather than job seekers. He said that despite all the educational qualifications he had garnered, after retirement he is now a farmer. He told the youths to invest in agriculture.
In addition, the Chairman of the event; Chief Isaac Koleosho encouraged the youths to be passionate and diligent in whatever they do.
On his part, Alhaji Rafiu Adekunle; a former Minority Leader of the Oyo State House of Assembly, lamented the lack of patience by the youths in accumulation of wealth.
He urged the youths to reach the peak of their different careers before they dabble into politics. Similarly, Prince Adekunle Adetayo said the youths should shun the ‘get-rich-quick’ syndrome.
He, however, said they should open themselves to different opportunities that come their way.
Meanwhile, Chief RA Akande extolled the virtues of the Late Okere of Saki, Oba Abimbola Oyedokun II as a person that led a life of integrity, sacrifice, selfless service and a true lover of his subjects. He also praised the efforts of the Chief Host, the Oyo State Chief Judge who is also one of the children of the late monarch: Hon. Justice ML Abimbola, in upholding the qualities of their father.
Also, Alhaji Waheed Adesina; a retired Principal and now member of the Bini – Owena River Basin Development Authority, and Mr and Mrs Lawal, the Proprietors of Faith Schools and College, Saki were awarded in recognition of their meritorious services towards the development of the town.
Other dignitaries present at the occasion were Hons. Niyi Olawuwo and Idowu Akano, the Chairmen; Caretaker Committees of Wewe and Asabari Local Council Development Areas respectively, High Chief Esipele, Alhaji Hamzat Afolabi; Prince Khalid Olabisi, Mr Dejo Adebisi, Barrister Lateef Adedigba, Dr Muideen Lateef, Mr Dayo Oladeji, Mr Akeem Adesokan and the representative of the union’s patron, Dr Niyi Ojo; Mr Adebiyi Agesin.