By Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Governor, Alhaji Adegboyega Oyetola, has been described as the most qualified person to lead the state at this time.
The Pioneer President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Hassan Sunmonu stated this at the weekend during a reception organised by the Osun State Government in his honour following the conferment of a honourary doctorate on him by the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria.
In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Adeniyi Adesina, Sumonu stressed that given by Oyetola’s personality, wealth of experience both in private and public sectors, as well as his academic credentials, he is good enough to pilot the affairs of the state to an enviable height.
He recalled how Osogbo elders, including himself, led by Chief Hammed Omidiran, interacted with people bidding to lead the state before the governorship election last year and found Oyetola as the best man for the job.
He said given the way the governor has been carrying on, he has no doubt that their decision was well thought out.
The former NLC President then called for support for the administration to enable it to deliver on its mandate.
Sunmonu, who was accompanied by his wife, Alhaja Wasilat and many labour leaders to the dinner, expressed optimism that Osun State would witness massive development under Governor Oyetola.
In his remarks, the Governor praised the septuagenarian activist for his integrity and love for the common good.
Oyetola recalled how Sunmonu was invited to intervene during a disagreement between the former government of the state and Labour, which he said the former NLC president did admirably to the satisfaction of all parties thereby restoring industrial harmony.
He described Sunmonu as not only a gift to the state from God but also to humanity and the downtrodden.
Also speaking, the state Head of Service, Dr. Oyebade Olowogboyega, said Sumonu, with his commitment to humanity service and the masses, is in the class of eminent Nigerians like Prof. Wole Soyinka and the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi.
Sunmonu, 78, hails from Osogbo, the Osun State capital. He was President of the NLC between 1978 and 1984. He also served as the General Secretary of the Accra, Ghana-based Organisation of African Trade Unions (OATU).
The Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria had at its 41st Convocation on April 27, conferred Doctor of Science on Sunmonu and Doctor of Letters on Business mogul, Aliko Dangote, “for their immense contributions to the economic development of Nigeria and humanity.”