Peter Rufai, Prof. Salako, HRH Oba Alani Matanmi, Others Honoured At Ota Club Quintessential Award
An event to celebrate illustrious Awori sons and daughters was yesterday organized by the Ota club at the local government secretariat. The event which was tagged, “TOC Quintessential Gold Award” had eminent Awori sons and daughters across different works of life in attendance.
Senator representing Ogun west senatorial district in the senate, Prince Gbolahan Dada and his predecessor, Senator Kamal Akin Odunsi were among notable dignitaries that graced the occasion.
While delivering her lecture, the guest speaker, Dr. Mrs Tope Olaifa delivered a note on. “Curbing Violence Extremism Through Peace Building In Nigeria”. She lamented the approach we adopt in curbing crisis as major reason while we have not found a lasting solution to extremism and militant activities in Nigeria.
She however advised political public office holders to establish agencies with aim of getting closer to the people they represent because they have no time to touch everywhere.
The president of Ota club, Mr. Oye Taiwo in his address, listed Awori Database, Awori Natives Coalition, Awori Pledge, Awori Anthem, Scholarship for Law students, Ota town’s omission from the world map discovery as part of their achievements.
Receiving an award at the event, His Royal Highness, Oba Alani Matanmi, the Onijoko of Ijoko, Ota thanked the organizers of the event, he further stressed, ‘ I have been receiving awards from far and wide but this is the first award of such and the best among the ones I have received’.
Professor Babatunde Salako Lawal (DG, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research) also got an award in recognition for his dedicated service and hard work.
Prince Jelili Atiku was also recognized for his meritorious services in and beyond the country. In response to the award, prince Atiku said ‘being an Awori is the best thing that ever happened to him after the colonial masters came and they took away all our values and left the fake ones. He said he is so happy because being an Awori man is the only thing that the colonial masters refused to colonize. He also said that he felt embarrassed when AWAN was invited to be part of the Iwure Olofin. Lastly, he vowed to die being an Awori man.
Prince Peter Rufai got his own award in absentia as he was not able to attend due to the Federation’s cup final that was played yesterday.