A traditional monarch in Osun state, Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba AbduRasheed Adewale Akanbi, on Monday, celebrated with over 9,000 children in the state to commemorate this year’s childrens’ day.
Oluwo in an interview with newsmen said the celebration was occasioned by the marginalisation of children in the country and his love to build people.
Speaking on the theme: Celebrating the Future Generation”, Oba Akanbi disclosed that this year is the fourth edition of the childrens’ day celebration since his assumption of throne.
He explained that his aim was to build the children for the future, saying “I’ve been giving them what the government can not give them.
“I’m doing it for others to emulate. They are the future of our nation. We should build them. I’m building them to make a nation for the good future.
“I’m speaking through this action. It is a message to all monarchs. Other monarchs can replicate. Most of the students have been marginalised.
The Chairman of the planning committee, Evang. Olatunbosun Alao, disclosed that the students were drawn from 300 schools in Iwo, Olaoluwa and Ayedire local governments.
According to Alao, the students from both public and private schools are 9,120 and the best in the quiz competition held last week was from the remotest area.
He commended the school principals who drew the children to the venue without support of the committee.
“The modus oprandi of this programme is to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor, the privileges and the otherwise, hence the enormous resources committed to the course by the monarch.
“We appreciate the immense contributions of principal financiers in the past, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti , the former SSG and Honourable Abdul Gafar Amere for their utmost best as history is recorded against their names.”
He pleaded with the local government chairmen in the three local governments and four LCDAs to keep the flag flying by sponsoring the programme .
He appreciated the principal host Bowen University for being a great allied in the course of the growth of Iwoland
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