*name streets after Gov Makinde, High Chief Ladoja, Otunba Alao-Akala, late Senator Ajimobi, others
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
All is now set for the launching of the Oyo State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Journalists Estate located at Alapako village on Lagos-Ibadan expressway this Wednesday July, 21.
According to a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan jointly signed by the Oyo NUJ Chairman, Alhaji Ademola Babalola and the Secretary, Comrade Sola Oladapo, the ground breaking event will be climaxed with a N100million launch with one of the Union’s Patrons, Engr. Dotun Sanusi, the Chairman, Ilaji Hotels and Sports Resort as Chief Launcher, while a US-based Tax Consultant, Dr. Oludare Akande would be the Co-launcher.
The union stressed that the event holding at the Dapo Aderogba Hall of its Press Centre Iyaganku Ibadan by 11am is expected to be grace by Governor Seyi Makinde, of the State; his deputy, Engr Rauf Olaniyan; the Agba-Oye of Ibadanland, Chief Kola Karim who will Chair the occasion;.
Oyo NUJ in the statement maintained that the father of the Day at the launching will be former Governor Rashidi Ladoja; and that another ex-Governor of the state Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala will be the special guest of honour.
It added that the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji will be the Royal Father of the Day.
Others being expected are the Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, Alhaji Dauda Makanjuola Akinola; three serving Senators in the State, Teslim Kolawole Folarin; Abdulfatai Buhari and Kola Balogun including members of the House of Representatives; Hon. Shina Peller, Hon. Stanley Adedeji Olajide; Hon. Musiliudeen Olaide Akinremi; Hon. Adigun Abass Agboworin; the National Chairman, PTD of NUPENG, Chief Salimon Oladiti; Engr. Joseph Tegbe; Dr. Olusola Ayandele; Senator Soji Akanbi; Chief Bayo Adelabu; Chief Niyi Akintola, SAN; Barr Lateef Fagbemi, SAN; Barr Yusuf Ali, SAN; Chief Sharafadeen Abiodun Alli; Chief Adegboyega Adegoke; Dr. Yinka Ayefele, MON; Mr. Zacch Adedeji; and Chairman/CEO Beedel Constructions, Mr. Bukola Odeleye, among others.
Tagged Legacy Project of Ademola Babalola-led NUJ leadership in the State, the Journalists Estate was conceptualised to host housing estates, recreational facilities, schools, health Centre, police station, hospitality havens and a host of others.
The event will also witness the NUJ 2021 Public Lecture titled: Nigerian Journalists and the Search for National Unity. It will be delivered by the Editor, THISDAY Newspaper who doubles as the Vice President, West of the Nigeria Guild of Editors (NGE).
The surveying and other master plan of the 30-acre land was done in a way to accommodate both the Journalists and friend’s of the media, including politicians, captains of industries, professionals and a host of others to erect structures of their choice. The road networks within the sprawling Estate would be named after Governor Makinde; and four former Governors, Ladoja, Alao-Akala, late Abiola Ajimobi and late Alhaji Lam Adesina.
Others to be immortalised with street naming are the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi; the Olubadan, Oba Adetunji; Engr. Dotun Sanusi; Dr. Dare Akande, Chief Kola Karim; Chief Bayo Akande, Dr. Yinka Ayefele; some Patrons and benefactors of NUJ; the National President of NUJ, Chief Chris Isiguzo; including late Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, Alhaji Abdul-Azeez Arisekola-Alao, among others.