By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Ejigbo Community in Osun State has called on the State Government to change the name of a High School named after the Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka in their town.
Recalled that the administration of the immediate past governor in the State, Rauf Aregbesola, named a school built in Ejigbo community Wole Soyinka Government High School.
The Ejigbo community, however, demanded a change in the name through the Ogiyan of Ejigbo, Oba Omowonuola Oyesosin, during the Governor’s Family meeting organized by the Office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Civic Engagement held at Ejigbo Town Hall.
Oba Oyesosin in his address urged the governor to change the name of the school to that of the founder of Ejigbo, Akinjole.
The royal father said the school should be named Akinjole Government Secondary School.
The Ogiyan said the proposed change of the school name would not only give the people of Ejigbo a sense of belonging, but it would also serve as a reflection of respect accorded to the progenitor of the town.
He further maintained that Ejigbo Community would forever remain grateful to Oyetola for his remarkable performance which had brought about tremendous progress and development to the area.
According to him, “We sincerely appreciate and commend you over the various physical projects and infrastructural facilities you have considered for our communities as part of your efforts towards making life meaningful for the people of the State.
“Worthy of mentioning here is our road network which your Government has beefed up to facilitate easy transportation within and outside this Local Government. Indeed, the agonies we passed through some years back, journey from Ejigbo to Osogbo and other neighboring places have become a thing of past, courtesy of your love for Ejigbo Community.
“We cannot forget easily the renovation of our General Hospital and Primary Health Centres, rehabilitation of Ejigbo Fire Station, reconstruction of Sagan Bridge, tarring of Gbamoge/UNIOSUN road, rehabilitation of Ara Junction/ADS Grammar School road, among others.
“We have never had it so good like this as a community. We commend your good intentions, reflecting in the hardwork you put in to make life better for us in the state of Osun”, he said.
He also charged the governor not to grow weary but to strive harder and further lift the state to an enviable height, just as he called on the state helmsman to consider the community for more developmental projects.
In their separate remarks, the lawmaker representing Ejigbo state Constituency, Hon. Israel Adekunle; the Special Adviser on Land and Physical Planning, Hon. Aleem Bakare and the former national lawmaker, Hon. Bade Falade, eulogized the governor for his unique leadership style and managerial capacity.
The speakers said Oyetola had brought a touch of excellence to all sectors of the state’s economy and commended him for many projects the administration had executed in Ejigbo Local Government and its environs.
In his speech, the Special Adviser to the governor on Civic Engagement, Mr. Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, emphasised that Oyetola administration explained that the need to achieve the highest level of participatory governance as rooted in representative democracy had made it necessary for the series of Civic Engagement programs organised by the administration.
He commended the people for their unflinching support to the current administration while assuring them that all their aspirations and desires would be accorded the necessary consideration.