The roll of honours coming the way of the Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, continued on Sunday, 20th April, 2014, as the University of Lagos Muslim Alumni (UMA) Association bestowed its Merit Award in Good Governance on the Governor.
The event which took place during the association’s 6th Reunion Luncheon/Lecture, took place at Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos, southwest Nigeria.
Ex-Governor of Kwara and current Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki, was the guest speaker at the event and he spoke on the topic, ‘Political Stability: A Necessity for Economic Development’.
Senator Bukola Saraki said that corruption and political instability are destroying the nation’s economy.
He was represented by a former Commissioner of Works in th state, AbdulRauf Shittu.
Honoured alongside with Aregbesola were: former Minister of Sports, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi; the institution’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Abdur Rahman Bello; and the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Sa’ad Abubakar.
Speaking earlier, the UMA President, Alhaji Sikiru ‘Lere Alimi, stated that the biennial Reunion programme was put in place by the association as a forum for “our members to reunite and renew old ties, socialise, network and familiarize ourselves with developments in the two cmapuses: Akoka and Idi Araba, of our alma mater and we use the occasion to address a theme relevant to our association and the larger society and also to raise fund for our activities”.
According to him, this year’s target is to raise fund for the construction of an Entrepreneurship Resource Centre (ERC), meant for youth training and empowerment aimed at making youths not only self employed but also going on to become employers of labour.
Former Commissioner for Environment in Lagos State and now National Legal Adviser of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Muiz Adeyemi Banire anchored the donation ceremony with he himself donating N1 million.
Highlight of the ceremony was the demand by Ogbeni Aregbesola to move the project to Osogbo where he is willing not to give the association free land but also willing to donate N50 million for the project. This proposal was gladly accepted by members of the association.
Speaking later during his acceptance speech on behalf of other awardees, Governor Aregbesola called on the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Abubakar to lead muslims in the country to protest against the activities of Boko Haram.
According to him, the Boko Haram sect is anti-Islam and does not represent the ideals of the religion.
He said, “We must rise up and denounce the evil perpetrated by the Boko Haram sect because they are tarnishing the peaceful religion of Islam. I call on the Sultan of Sokoto to immediately lead other sincere muslims in a protest to denounce and totally reject the activities of the sect.
“They do not represent Islam. They are evel and wicked. We reject everything that the sect represents and our religion forbids them. They are sycophants and we cannot continue to be quiet in the face of the insecurities,” the State of Osun Governor said.
At the event were: the Speaker of the Governor of Oyo State, Rt Hon Monsurat Sunmonu who represented the state Governor, Senator Isiak Abiola Ajimobi; the Secretary to the Lagos State Government, Dr Idiat Oluranti Adebule who represented the state Governor and Chief Host, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN; Ogun State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Alhaji Yusuph Olaniyonu; the Deputy Chief of Staff to Ogun State Governor, Shuaib Salith; Senior Special Assistant to Osun State Governor on MDGs, Honourable Abdullahi Adeyanju Binuyo and some lawmakers from the Lagos State House of Assembly.