By Jeremiah Oke in Ibadan
All is now set for the public unveiling of WESTERN POST Newspaper, the regional weekly covering essentially the old Western region.
Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has confirmed his readiness to chair the unveiling where the five other governors from the South-west are expected to grace the event.
Coming after one and a half years of publishing the regional newspaper, the public unveiling is slated for Tuesday, September 15 at Bashorun Hall, Ibadan Civic Centre, Agodi GRA, Ibadan, Oyo State capital.
As part of the programme, there will be a national conversation on the theme: “The Dwindling Oil Revenue: A Case for Regional Integration”.
The Director-General of the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria, Mr. Dipo Famakinwa, will present the Lead Paper on the theme while Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Dr. Tunji Olaopa, and Centre Director, Centre for International Advanced and Professional Studies (CIAPS), Prof. Anthony Kila, are among the Discussants.
Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, and Chairman, THISDAY Group and Arise TV, Mr. Nduka Obaigbena, will be the Special Guests of Honour while Senate President Bukola Saraki, Deputy Speaker House of Representatives, Hon. Suleiman Lasun Yusuf, and other four Governors in the South-west geo-political zones namely- Dr. Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo), Senator Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos) and Mr. Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti) are slated as Guests of Honour.
His Royal Majesty, Iku Babayeye, Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi 111, will be the Royal Father of the Day.
At the event, three Westerners who have distinguished themselves in their chosen careers and made exemplary contributions to the society will bag the award of OUSTANDING WESTERNERS.
They are Aare Alaasa Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oloye Lekan Alabi, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communication & Information Technology, Dr. Tunji Olaopa and the first female Computer Scientist in Nigeria, Prof. (Mrs.) Adenike Osofisan.