Former NBA President, Wole Olanipekun Honoured By IDF

Former NBA President, Wole Olanipekun Honoured By IDF

The Ikere Development Foundation (IDF), has been launched in Lagos. Some indigenes of the town, including former Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) president, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) were honoured at the event. AMIDU ARIJE reports.

Former NBA President, Wole Olanipekun Honoured By IDF

The hall was filled to capacity. Guests shook hands as they entered.

They are indigenes of Ikere, the gateway to Ekiti land, home of former President of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) and Evangelist Bamidele Olumilua, former governor of the old Ondo State. They gathered at Best Western Hotels, Ikeja, Lagos, under the canopy of Ikere Development Forum (IDF). Their mission: To brainstorm on how to fast-track the development of their town.

Speaker after speaker complained about the slow pace of development of their town which they noted is among the first few Ekiti towns to embrace civilisation.

The programme, which was jointly anchored by Tope Orolu and Tope Ajayi, was chaired by Dr Kola Adeyina of Legus Hospital, Lagos.

They expressed hope for speedy development of the town to enable it take its rightful place on the state.

The high point of the occasion was the presentation of award plaques to some indigenes that excelled in their careers and made the town proud.

The awardees are: Olanipekun; Commissioner of Police in charge of Special Fraud Unit (SFU), Ikoyi Lagos, Mr Tunde Ogunsakin, and Brig. Gen. Adedapo Adebayo.

Olanipekun, who gave the keynote address, charged the indigenes to be passionate and dedicated to the development of the town. “We are here for very serious business; we have to take bold steps to restore the glory of Ikere and every one of us must be involved,” he said.

With copious biblical references, he emphasised the need to take consideration for one’s nativity seriously as Jesus did with Bethlehem, and the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, with Ikenne.

He said he is passionate about the development of Ikere at any time, adding: “I am a very practical person; when it comes to Ikere, I am very passionate about this town and I don’t compromise the passion.”

The legal icon charged the people to rise to the challenges facing the town by emulating the life of Bishop Enoch Adeboye who has always been a good ambassador of his town, Omuaran, for which he had done many good things.

“It will be a shame in this world if anybody denies where he comes from,” he said as he charged the people not to run away from their root.

In his welcome address, the chairman of occasion, Dr Adeyina appealed to the people to embrace unity of purpose and love. He told them to expedite action towards the development of the town.

Orolu, who chairs IDF’s steering committee, said the essence of the gathering is to look at how they can get better together in unity to bring meaningful development to the town and its people.

“It is an all-encompassing forum that can serve as the umbrella body and complement the efforts of our leaders, to ensure unity and progress of the town,” he said.

The Ekiti State Commissioner for Inter-Governmental Affairs, Hon Funminiyi Afuye, who was praised as a “people’s leader,” also stressed the need for oneness and unity as a factor in developing the town.

Afuye asked the people to make their leaders accountable and ensure there is development in the town.

Former member, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon Niyi Fabikun, said the move by the Lagos-based indigenes of Ikere was a good beginning in the development of the town.

“This is a good beginning in the development of Ikere and I want all to let it be actualised,” he said, adding: “I will implore all to develop Ikere by building houses and businesses there, that is when I will know you are serious.”

Among other indigenes in attendance were: former deputy governor of Ekiti State, Mr Abiodun Aluko who was represented by Mr Victor Adeniyi; the Managing Director, Easy De Mayor, a paints distributing company, Mr Tope Akintade; Prof Dele Olowokudejo of the University of Lagos (UNILAG); Gen Ajana Olusegun (rtd); former Managing Director, Wema Bank Plc, Chief Adebisi Omoyeni; Mr Dada Aladelokun of The Nation; Mr Femi Ekundayo; Kola Ayeni of Wemabod Estates Limited, and Olumuyiwa Ogunkolade, a legal practitioner.

Femi Ayodele, an engineer, who gave the vote of thanks also emphasised the need for every indigene of the town to always consider home before anything because according to him, “home is the best.”

Omoyeni, who, like Olanipekun, was praised for having done a lot to assist many needy indigenes of the town, described the forum as one seriously needed to lift the town and its people on all fronts.

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