Chief P.A. Oyinloye
AN ADDRESS BY THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT OF THE OMU-ARAN DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION (ODA) CHIEF PETER OYINLOYE (JP) ON THE OCCASION OF THE 3RD ODUN OMU-ARAN HELD AT G.S.S OMU-ARAN ON 12TH NOVEMBER, 2016.
It is my great pleasure to welcome you all to this year’s Odun Omu-Aran. The event actually started as annual festival of Clubs in 1983 when Chief M.O Olaniyan was National President of Omu0-Aran Development Association (ODA). Subsequent events were celebrated in 1985, 1989 and 2004 at the time when Engr. (Chief) S.J Abolarin, Sir Dr. S.A.B Atolagbe and Mr J.A Afolayan tookm the mantle of leadership of the association respectively. The fact that event could not hold annually then has made it to lose part of its original intention, hence in the year 2014 the festival of Clubs hitherto celebrated randomly was revitalized and re-christened Odun Omu-Aran to be celebrated annually. Little did we know then that it will synchronize well into the present day Govt’s slogan of “change mantra”.
Reasons for the change in focus and scope
- To encompass all community members who do not belong to any Club/association in the town.
- To give everybody, indigenes and non-indigenes alike be Hausa, Igbo, Nupe, Fulani, and any other ethnic group or nationality an equal opportunity to celebrate the event with us annually.
Aims of Odun Omu-Aran amongst others are:
- To provide a special forum for interaction among the community members at home and from other parts of the country, including non-indigenes.
- To celebrate under a relaxed atmosphere and festive mood provided by the special events lines uo for the occasion thereby promoting peace, love, and unity among all the people.
- To encourage people to come with their young ones and wives from other different locations and familiarize with their roots.
- To raise funds by methods which are less formal than launching in order execute community projects.
Our gains, experiences and challenges:
There is no doubt that there has been a tremendous growth in terms of physical development of the town. The population has increased greatly and the amenities provided can hardly cope with the growth. The growth phenomenon also has its correspondent challenges in the area of information technology (I.Y); hardly can anyone sleep today with his/her eyes closed for fear of one attack ot the other. Therefore, security has to be beefed up. This has its cost implication in vigilantes and also drafted in the traditional hunters to complement the efforts of our various security agencies in securing lives and property.
At this junction, I wish to acknowledge publicly the role of our Kabiyesi the Olomu of Omu-Aran Oba Charles Oladele Ibitoye Adogbajale II, his high Chiefs and all other Chiefs, my Lord Bishop Dr. David Oyedepo, His Excellency, Colonel T. Bamigboye, all well-meaning people, the police and other security Agents for the parts played in curbing the menace of insecurity. It is no exaggeration to say that the ODA pays through its nose to minimize security problems/challenges in the town.
Banks: You will re-call that all the banks except microfinance bank were closed to operation since May 14th, 2013 due to arm robbery attack and subsequent killing of bank officials and one of the town’s vigilantes, Dapo A.k.a Igbin and carting away of large sums of money from the banks. As a result of the sad incident, commercial activities have become paralyzed inflicting untold hardship on the people. Many of our people have tp travel to Ilorin, offa, Otun, and other places on daily basis before they can transact bank businesses. We appreciate you all for your resilience and determination to cope with the situation.
I am again taking this time to appreciate His Royal Highness Olomu of Omu-Aran, his esteemed Chiefs, my Lord Bishop Dr. David Oyedepo, His Excellency, Colonel T. Bamigboye, Alh (Chief) Aro Kunle Oyinloye, Mr Mr Sola Idowu, alh Fatai Abioye, Past ODA Presidents, ODA executives committee members, religious lesders, Organizations, Churches, Mosques, Clubs/Associations, well-meaning individuals numerous to mention, the police, other security agencies, vigilantes, and traditional hunters. We are grateful to you all for the parts played to see that the banks are re-opened. We cannot but say a very big thank you to His Excellency, the Governor of Kwara State Alh. Dr. AbdulFatah Ahmed, the commissioners of police who served in the State since the incident. Kwara South Area Commander of Police, other security agents, the area controller, Central Bank Ilorin, the Area Manager, Union Bank Plc, Ilorin, the Area Manager, First Bank Kwara and Osun, the Deputy Governor, Central Bank Abuja and the bottom of our hearts.
Projects: In our bid to reduce security threats in and around the town, the community embarked upon the building of three police posts located along Omu-Aran – ipetu/Ekan Road, Omu-Aran – Oko Road and OmuAran – Iloffa Road. These projects are nearing completion and will be commissioned before the end of the year by God’s grace.
National Open University, Omu-Aran Centre: This is another project which is in progress. The former SDP Secretariat is being re-habilitated to house the National Open University of Nigeria Omu-Aran Centre. The initial estimate for the project was N4,000,000.00 but we’ve now realized that the project would cost more. We appeal for your generous donations to enable us execute the project on time.
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, I have taken time to highlight our experiences, gains and challenges, which cost heavily in terms of money, materials and physical efforts to bring about today’s joy. Although we know that an occasion like this is not meant to be a formal launching ceremony for our capital projects like the ongoing NOUN Center, renovation of classrooms in our secondary schools, extension of ring roads from ECWA Girls Secondary School to prison yard and some recurrent expenditures we cannot but solicit for your generous donations. I am hereby thanking the Chairman, Co-Chairman and Lady Chairperson of the occasion, all our esteemed invited guests, other individuals, indigenes and non-indigenes alike and soliciting for your generous donations. And perhaps you may want to know the proceeds of the last two ODUN Omu-Aran that were celebrated. We collected s asum of N5,949,335.00 which we used to defray cost of repairs to damaged water works pumps, electricity poles, rehabilitation of some buildings in our community secondary schools and assistance to some government agencies. These are by no means exhaustive; details are with the National Treasurer,
Your Royal Highness, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, I wish to thank you all for your patience, co-operation, contributions, words of advice and unalloyed support to our Executive committee and by extension solicit same and much more to the in-coming administration.
Ase yi sa modun, a o tun se miran sio Amen (Ase).