In a bid to foster mutual growth and cooperation, the Attorney-General of Osun State, Hon. Oluwole Jimi-Bada paid a courtesy visit to the revered Ooni of Ile-Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba (Dr.) Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, CFR, at his palace in Ile-Ife on 6th August, 2023. The meeting was a significant step towards forging stronger developmental ties between Ile-Ife and the Osun State Government.
During the meeting, both parties emphasized the importance of unity and collaboration in advancing the socio-economic development of the State, in a bid to ensure the quick actualization of the five-point agenda of His Excellency, Senator Ademola Adeleke, the indefatigable, forward thinking and cosmopolitan Governor of Osun State. They acknowledged the historical significance of Ile-Ife, as the cradle of the Yoruba race and recognized the vital role it plays in the cultural and economic landscape of Osun State.
The Attorney-General expressed the Osun State Government’s commitment to inclusive development that benefits all citizens, regardless of their class, background or status in the society. He harped on several key areas of focus dear to the heart of His Excellency, Senator Ademola Adeleke, including but not limited to infrastructure development, education, healthcare, tourism, and youth empowerment.
In response, the Ooni of Ile-Ife commended the Government’s unwavering dedication to the progress of Osun State and emphasized the need for the preservation and promotion of the State’s cultural heritage. His Imperial Majesty stressed that by maintaining a delicate balance between modernization and cultural preservation, the development process can be more harmonious and sustainable. Both parties agreed on the importance of fostering public-private partnerships to attract investments and encourage homegrown entrepreneurship, which would lead to job creation and economic growth in the State.
Additionally, parties discussed the significance of sustainable development practices, with a focus on environmental preservation and renewable energy initiatives. The meeting concluded with a renewed commitment to work together towards the collective advancement of Ile-Ife in particular and Osun State in general. The visit marked a significant milestone in the quest to strengthen the bond between the people of Ile-Ife and the Osun State Government, highlighting the shared vision of a prosperous State. By leveraging each other’s strengths and resources, both parties are poised to chart a path of sustainable development that would benefit the people and create a brighter future for generations to come.
Debo Oladinni, Esq.
Senior Legal Adviser to the Hon. Attorney-General & Commissioner of Justice, Osun State