The Ogun State Government has promised to look into issues of marginalisation surrounding the stool of Olota of Awori Kingdom, with an assurance that all abnormalities would be resolved, as it would leave no stone unturned to ensure fairness in traditional institutions in the state.
Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun gave the assurance in Lagos at a public presentation of a book on Awori Nation, titled, ‘’Ota Awori Kingdom: Synopsis and Biography of Oba T.T Dada’’, written by Prince Gbolahan Dada, in association with the Oba Timothy Dada foundation.
The Governor, represented by his Deputy, Engr. Noimot Salako – Oyedele stated that the book was a piece of history, which would be a good reference for all Aworis and students of history, who would now have access to the corrected version of the history.
“The Government is aware of issues which are important to the “Aworis” as listed by the Olota of Ota, these issues were already known to us, even during the campaigns and lately at the coronation anniversary of the Olota.
“Be rest assured that this government would be a government for all, not for a specific Senatorial District or ethnic group. Our government would be equitable, fair and just”, Abiodun reiterated.
While assuring the Olota of Ota, Oba (Prof.) Adeyemi Obalanlege and his people that the launch of the book would help look into the case of marginalization of the Aworis, he gave kudos to the Federal Government for bringing back history into Secondary school curriculum, as a way of preserving historical facts, advising the authors on the possibility of adapting it as an E-Book for wider coverage.
Earlier in his welcome address, Oba Obalanlege commended the authors, noting that, Ota was the foremost Awori town, which came from Ile-Ife in the 13th and 14th century, adding that the ancestors of the land would be happier because no one had ever written on the history or background of the Aworis in recent past.
In their remarks, the authors of the book, Prince Gbolahan Dada and Frank Akinola said the step became imperative to address issues in Aworiland, noting that this informed the production of the book, in order to set the records straight and chart a new course towards the development of the area.
Oluwaseun Boye & Temitayo Taylor
Press Officers, of the Deputy Governor