Oyo Govt Honors Raji, Alege, Others For Promoting Education
Oyo State government on Tuesday honored the National President of Oke-Ogun Development Consultative Forum (ODCF), Barrister Ahmed Raji and another indigene of Iseyin, Engr. Bayo Alege for their contributions towards the development of education in the State.
The award ceremony which is the first edition was tagged “Education Awareness Day: A Day With His Excellency”, held at the Emeritus Prof. Theophilus Oladapo Ogunlesi Hall, Opposite the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.
Among other awardees are Late Emeritus Prof. Akinkugbe, Dr. Busayo Olugbemi, Mr Alibi, Mr Kolapo Ojo, Princess Oyeniyi Oyelade, Mrs Olusola Luther King, Mr Adegoke Adejare and Engr. Ayo Fatokun.
Others include the Ladele Foundation, Olayiwola Ojo Foundation, Dogara Pharmacy, Alegbe and Adeola Orukotan Memorial, Free Impact Foundation, Dr. Eyitayo Ige, Rtd. Col. Olusegun Babalola among others.
Barrister Ahmed Raji is a notable philanthropist across Nigeria who has contributed towards the growth of literacy and education advancement in Oke-Ogun and Iseyin, his hometown.
He built a world-class ICT-driven public library at Iseyin, which was commissioned by the former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, while he donated a 500-sitter lecture theater and a mosque to the LAUTECH’s College of Agricultural Science and Renewable Natural Resources, Iseyin.
Engr. Bayo Alege, a younger brother to the Nigerian envoy to the Republic of Ukraine, Ambassador Shina Alege, is based in America and an indigene of Iseyin.
He recently built a modern hall with borehole at Ekunle Community Grammar School, his Alma Mata.
While speaking with The Chronicler Newspaper on Tuesday afternoon over the telephone, Alege said he was surprised when he got the message that the State government wished to honor him for his contribution to education at his Alma Mata, adding that the award was a push for indigenes of the State and Nigeria as a whole to contribute to development of education.
He called on other stakeholders not to leave the efforts to the government alone but to contribute their quota, no matter how little, so that Oyo State can be a model for other States in the nation.
”This is a clarion call to people of means, to support government by taking up projects in our public schools, it may be primary, secondary or State-owned tertiary institutions, government cannot do it all,” he challenged.
Governor Seyi Makinde was represented at the event by his deputy, Chief Bayo Lawal.