By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Governor, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, on Sunday said there were indices for better future in Nigeria, irrespective of nagging national challenges.
The governor, who made the assertion at the Thanksgiving Service in commemoration of the 60th Independence Anniversary of Nigeria, held at Dada Estate Baptist Church, Osogbo, the state capital that Nigerians have every reason to celebrate the diamond jubilee, considering how the country evolved and sustained indivisibility of its nationhood
Oyetola, who was represented by his deputy, Benedict Alabi, alongside other state functionaries said the occasion provided great opportunity to offer thanks and praises to God for keeping Nigeria together as one indivisible entity.
He recalled that in the last 60 years of existence, Nigeria had witnessed many daunting challenges, ranging from the civil war to military incursion, economic downturns, political upheavals, and many more, including the present menace of militancy, kidnapping, banditry, youth restiveness and other social vices.
Speaking on the 29 years of existence of the state, Oyetola said his administration would continue to adopt proactive measures to governance, for the purpose of achieving the vision of the founding fathers and deliver prosperity to the people of the state.
He highlighted some of the achievements of his administration in all critical sectors of the economy, as he further expressed his total commitment to quality life and general well-being of the citizenry.
Oyetola thanked religious leaders in the country, and the state in particular for what he termed unflinching supports of the church for the state and the country at large, especially in the face of the current Covid-19 pandemic.
In his sermon, the presiding pastor of the church, Reverend Olufemi Akano, who congratulated the people of the country on the diamond jubilee celebration described Nigeria as a wonderful country.
Present at the service were the wife of the Deputy Governor, Mrs Oyefunke Alabi, the Secretary to the State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji, the Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs Funke Egbemode, his counterpart in the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Cooperative and Empowerment, Dr Bode Olanipekun, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Public health, Pharmacist Olasiji Olamiju and his colleague on public administration, Mr Niyi Idowu, among others.