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Friday, 21 October 2022

ASIWAJU OF IJESALAND: SIXTH YEAR IN THE SADDLE & THE JOURNEY THUS FAR!...By Dr Felix O. Idowu

 


"There are three kinds of people: Those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who ask, 'What happened?'"   -- Casey Stengel


Exactly Six Years Ago, On Saturday, 22nd October 2016 His Imperial Majesty, Oba (Dr) Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran II, CFR LL.D the Owa Obokun Adimula and Paramount Ruler of Ijesaland installed the duo of Olayinka Fasuyi and Dr Olubisi Fasuyi as the First Asiwaju and Yeye Asiwaju of Ilesa at a ceremony described by His Imperial Majesty as the first of its kind in so many ways such as the title in the history of Ijesaland and also the exceptionally large gathering of dignitaries from all walks of life which His Majesty observed and remarked he had never witnessed in his 34 years on the throne as at then.





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Since assumption of office, as said in Latin; Audentes fortuna iuvat to mean fortune favours the bold, indeed both Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi and Yeye Asiwaju Dr Olubisi Fasuyi have never left anyone in doubt, especially in Ijesaland, as to the need to justify the huge confidence reposed in them by this Cosmopolitan and urbane Ijesa Nation. Their alacrity to stick to this course undoubtedly inspires the illustrious and distinguished Ijesa to dream more, learn more, do more and make Ijesaland become a haven of trailblazing society in the nation.


"The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet." -Theodore M. Hesburgh


Highlights of few of the strategic interventions of these International Management Consultants in transmuting Ijesaland will certainly convince any doubting Thomas as to 'Whom the Caps of Asiwaju and Yeye Asiwaju Fit'!




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One, for the sixth consecutive year, Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi Foundation (a foundation fully owned and funded by the duo) has continued to pay the WAEC Fees of Students from Secondary Schools from the six (6) LGAs in Ijesaland. Paid for 100 Students in 2017/2018; 200 Students in 2018/2019; 250 Students in 2019/2020; 310 Students in 2020/2021; 310 Students in 2021/2022; and set to pay for 435 Students in 2022/2023 in a month's time. Their passion for scholastic progression among the young people is monumental. Even where some highly placed individuals had erroneously thought that the Asiwaju had embarked on this humanitarian mission for future political objective and ambition, Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi has successfully proved such minds wrong by staying apolitical in his six years in office to prove a point that Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi is fond of sermonizing that ‘You do not necessarily have to be in politics to serve your community!’ And neither should anyone desire a gain to offer sustainable selfless services to his community!  Our parents successfully pioneered this inherently idealized iculture of self-help community-driven development with the establishment of Ilesa Grammar School and Obokun High School through Egbe Atunluse Ile-Ijesa.


-There's no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.- MARGARET J. WHEATLEY


Two, Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi stoutly rose as a leader of trust and confidence to remove and terminate the embarrassment caused the whole of Ijesaland in March/April/May 2019 when the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) disconnected Ijesaland from the National Electricity Grid due to the IBEDC/Ijesaland imbroglio then. The IBEDC Top Management confirmed that it takes a minimum of 5 to 6 years for them to restore Electricity supply to communities where they encountered such massive destruction of its infrastructure and equipment. Our reliable and tested Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi championed the reconnection in 3 months to restore socioeconomic activities back to Ijesaland.




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Three, to describe Ijesaland as a Sub-Nation within a Nation is never an exaggeration. Ijesaland parades one of the most sophisticated, exposed, and enterprising Human Capital in this country, Nigeria and heavily populated with numerous communities with basic infrastructure of life. Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi observed in the course of his relating with the various communities in Ijesaland that there was still a relationship gap amongst many of the Ijesa Communities. And for us to progress, grow, and develop as a people there's the need for us to come together because therein lies our strength in Ijesaland. With the blessing of His Imperial Majesty, Oba (Dr) Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran II, CFR, LL.D, Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi initiated and organised the first and second UNITY meetings of All Our Royal Majesties and Traditional Rulers in Ijesaland. First meeting held at Ifewara in March 2020 and the second meeting was held at Ijebu-jesa in November 2020. It is significant to report that some of our Royal Fathers in Ijesaland were meeting each other for the first time at these meetings. The credit for improved Unity and inter-communities cordial relationship that we are currently enjoying in Ijesaland today partly goes to Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi for his initiative. He strongly affirms the word of Woodrow T. Wilson that; ‘We cannot be separated in interest or divided in purpose. We stand together until the end’. This irrefutably significant effort has set the path for tranquility that was alien to peaceful and mutual co-habitation in the land. 






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Four, when Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi was being installed on Saturday, 16th October 2016, His Imperial Majesty, Oba (Dr) Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran II, CFR, LL.D the Owa Obokun Adimula and Paramount Ruler of Ijesaland threw two critical challenges at his new Chief. First, was to build a befitting modern Palace for him. The Kabiyesi lamented on the failure of the previous two attempts to build a new befitting Palace to replace the old burnt Palace. His Imperial Majesty must have premised his desire on the agelong adage that says "Ile Oba t'ojo ewa l'obusi"


His Imperial Majesty, probably acting on spiritual instincts, therefore went ahead to plead with Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi to build a modern Palace befitting the Super-First Class Status of Owa Obokun Adimula and Paramount Ruler of Ijesaland. The second challenge Kabiyesi threw at Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi was to get a University for Ilesa. His Imperial Majesty may have also probably made this request looking at the array of high-networth Nigerians from the Political Class; Business Monguls; Top Academia; and Top Military Chieftains in attendance at the installation ceremony.


‘An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.’- Martin Luther King


Three years after installation, Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi, after conceiving the Palace idea and the strategy on how to mobilise funds for the new Ultra-modern Palace construction, sought an audience with the Kabiyesi, His Imperial Majesty on Saturday, 14th December 2019 where Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi comprehensively briefed Kabiyesi Owa Obokun Adimula on the proposed New Palace Plans, Design, Initial Financial Target, and Funds Mobilisation Strategy. This served as the starting point for bringing age-long prophecies to pass for posterity to appreciate.The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention. –Oscar Wilde’


His Imperial Majesty expressed his fears to Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi as to whether Ijesas would be willing to further contribute fresh donations again towards building of a new Palace, after two previous failed attempts and donations realised wasted. In return, the Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi promised and assured His Imperial Majesty that he will stake his integrity and operate a judicious, transparent, and accountable resource mobilisation and utilisation that would command the respect and confidence of all stakeholders in Ijesaland. With this convincing Plans of Intent and Strategy, His Imperial Majesty prayed for Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi and wished him success in the herculean task.


“If you have a dream, don’t just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality.” -Dr Roopleen-


On Sunday, 15th December 2019, Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi invited few select Ijesa Stakeholders to his Ilesa residence where he shared and unfolded his thoughts, plans, and strategies on the construction of the new Ultra-modern Palace. Alas, an architectural piece, Ultra-modern Palace was built from the scratch, furnished and delivered in a record time of nine (9) months- an exploit that was thought improbable considering the economic reality of the time. The level of financial prudency exhibited is arguably unprecedented in the annal of public infrastructure construction. For instance, Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi got the Professional services of the Architect, Structural Engineers, Civil Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Quantity Surveyor pro bono, free of charge, totally cost-free to Ijesaland both in the entire project design and monitoring and supervision throughout the nine months of construction. At the successful completion of the Palace, Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi and his team left a whopping sum of N36,000,000 (Thirty-six Million Naira) only un-utilised as savings towards another project.


History shall forever remain kind to Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi for honouring His Imperial Majesty with his heart desires of a new befitting Palace requested of Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi during his installation on Saturday, 16th October 2016; for making Ijesa proud with the sole-initiation, and championing of the construction of the most beautiful and elegant Palace in Nigeria. He strongly believes that ‘The true mark of a leader is the willingness to stick with a bold course of action’


Ever grateful to the Project Management Team(PMT) under the leadership of Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi. Other wonderful PMT members were Prince Lowo Adebiyi, Engr Busayo Aluko, Chief Afolabi Igbaroola, and Chief (Mrs) Dupe Ajayi Gbadebo. Project Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (PMEC) under the indefatigable headship of Mr (Engr) Iyiola Faniyi. Other distinguished PMEC members were Her Excellency, Erelu Olusola Agbeja-Obada, Engr Yemi Oguntominiyi,  Alhaji Lateef Bakare,  Engr Bola Olowe, Rt. Hon Timothy Owoeye, and Engr Olusegun Okebiorun. And of course, all distinguished Ijesa Elders, Sons, Daughters both at home and in the diaspora who contributed selflessly to the delivery of the Ultra-modern Palace of Owa Obokun Adimula and Paramount Ruler of Ijesaland. The wholesome support of Baba Sawe, Chief Akinwande Akinola in the Palace project is also appreciated. As opined by Paulo Coelho “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”  Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi never gave in to discouragement; neither did he allow the seemingly difficult situation in the nation at the moment to deter him from encouraging the selfless team from achieving the goal.


The icing on the cake for the Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi and Yeye Asiwaju Dr Olubisi Fasuyi on the Palace Project was the enthusiasm, jubilation, and euphoria from all that witnessed the Commissioning of the Ultra-modern Palace when His Imperial Majesty in the presence of mammoth eminent audience enthusiastically pronounced the recognition and elevation of Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi and Yeye Asiwaju Dr Olubisi Fasuyi to the new status of Asiwaju and Yeye Asiwaju of the entire Ijesaland in the presence of all Traditional Rulers in Ijesaland.


"In the face of leadership flaws, too many people assume cynical perspectives, rather than do the hard work of building relationships in which they can have more positive influence."- Ira Chaleff-


Five, Ijesaland is renownedly blessed with one of the largest deposits of Mining resources such as gold, gemstones, limestone, gravel in Nigeria. With this blessing also comes attendant environmental threats and challenges. The situation in Zamfara State of Nigeria today is a good example of how a natural endowment could turn out to be a monumental curse to a community when adequate attention is not given to the human, health, and environmental hazards associated with mining of these resources.




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The need to prevent Ijesaland from being turned into another Zamfara State with unguarded and unorthodox mining practices and processes with attendant human life threatening implications informed the initiative of Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi to assemble a Think-tank Committee on Thursday, 14th May 2020 under the name IJESA MINING RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT FORUM (IMRDF) to champion Enlightenment and Advocacy on Environmentally Safe Mining Processes across all communities in the six LGAs of Ijesaland. The tonnes of awareness created has largely prevented Ijesaland from becoming another mining death zone similar to what happened in some parts of South South of Nigeria. Currently, the IMRDF has investigated and discovered some water polluting mining activities in Ijesaland that it will soon bring to the notice of stakeholders for address.


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. " - Margaret Mead




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Six, the global COVID-19 pandemic which started from China in 2019 and eventually spread to Nigeria in March 2020 brought unprecedented health challenges to all human beings across the world with more casualties occurring in the elderly members of the society. Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi was guided by the consciousness that Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any society can have.  And knowing fully well that “Happiness lies first of all in health”.

 

Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi in response to this challenge initiated the establishment of IJESA HEALTH IS WEALTH PROJECT in January 2021 which gave birth to the construction of the largest community-funded project in Nigeria in the N1Billion (One Billion Naira) Ijesaland Geriatric Centre, which was constructed in 10 months and commissioned on Thursday, 31st March 2022.


Special thanks to the Project Management Team (PMT) under the leadership of Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi. Other PMT members were Prince (Revd) Lowo Adebiyi; Mr Wale Idowu; Chief Afolabi Igbaroola; Engr Busayo Aluko; and Chief (Mrs) Dupe Ajayi Gbadebo.


The Project Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) under the headship of Prof Isaac Folorunso Adewole. Other PTAC members were Prof Oyewusi Gureje; Prof Abiodun Ilesanmi; Dr Femi Olowookere; and Dr. (Col) Akin Moses.


The Project Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (PMEC) under the headship of Alhaji Lateef Bakare. Other PMEC members were Her Excellency, Erelu Olusola Agbeja-Obada; Mr Iyiola Faniyi; Engr Yemi Oguntominiyi; Engr Bola Olowe; Rt. Hon Timothy Owoeye; and Engr Olusegun Okebiorun.


Gratitude again to all patriotic Ijesa Elders, Sons, and Daughters both at home and in the diaspora who donated generously towards the accomplishment of this largest Geriatric Centre in West Africa, the second of its kind in Nigeria. And to Ijesa Patriots in the diaspora especially Chief Abayomi Komolafe and Mrs Yemisi Iyanda for facilitating Medical equipment donations and shipment from MedShare in the USA. It is expedient on a clearer term to note that ‘no Kobo of the Project was ever expended or disbursed without the express consent of the oversight committee and also the final consent of the whole house.’  This astute management model elicited accolades not just within the country but outside.




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"Great things happen nationally when topmost leadership is goaded and supported from below." - John W. Gardner-


Seven, the delivery of the most heart desiring need of Ijesaland in the upgrading of the 44-year old Osun State College of Education to a full-fledged University in University of Ilesa. Credit goes to all prominent societies in Ijesaland and eminent individuals who started this lobby for the upgrade of the College to a University under the previous sixteen different Administrations preceeding the Administration of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola.


Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi initiated the lobby for this College upgrade under the listening, and Ijesa-friendly Administration of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola which he started with his one-on-one meeting with His Excellency, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola on Wednesday, 10th April 2019 held at the Governor's office.


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"Always do right. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest."- Mark Twain-


And on Tuesday, 27th September 2022, His Excellency, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola historically signed the University of Ilesa Bill into Law.


We shall remain eternally grateful to His Excellency, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola for doing Ijesa proud with this singular but monumental institution.


Appreciation similarly goes to His Imperial Majesty, Oba (Dr) Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran II, CFR LL.D; Dr Charles 'Diji Akinola; Rt. Hon Timothy Oludiji Owoeye: Prof Isaac Folorunso Adewole; Chief Akinwande Akinola; Late Prof Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe; Dr Olowogboyega  Oyebade; Prof Rotimi Tayo; Prof Duro Oni; Alhaji Lateef Bakare; Prof Kola Kazeem; Chief (Mrs) Dupe Ajayi Gbadebo; Mr Supo Shadiya; Mr Olaniran Olayinka; Mr Remi Oyeyemi; our eminent Royal Fathers in Ijesaland; leadership of Pan-Ijesa Societies; and the Indefatigable University of Ilesa Implementation Committee under the able leadership of Prof Olu Aina whose various invaluable contributions made this agelong dream turned into reality.




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Eight, Our Youths are not only our Treasure but also remains our assets, hope, and future in Ijesaland. The need to kick-start the sustainable development of our Youths in Ijesaland informed the conceiving and hosting of a maiden Consultative meeting with the leadership of Ijesa Youths Forum (IYF) by Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi on Wednesday, 7th September 2022 at his Ilesa residence. A meeting well attended by our esteemed Traditional Rulers in Ijesaland who endorsed the meeting and respectively promised with donations of lands in their respective jurisdiction for the use of the Youths in their various agricultural related enterprises.


"Leadership is the creation of an environment in which others are able to self-actualize in the process of completing the job."  - John Mellecker-




Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi followed up with the conception of IJESA YOUTHS DEVELOPMENT FUND for Ijesa Youth Forum (IYF) to drive their development fund mobilisation for their members. Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi went further to pledge a donation of seed money of N2Million into each of the 6 LGAs in Ijesaland totalling N12Million.


It is heartwarming to report that Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi honourably redeemed his pledge three days ago with a payment of N12Million into the purse of Ijesa Youths Forum (IYF) towards prosecuting the various business projects of their members and with the hope that the leadership of IYF would be able to leverage on this seed fund donated to reach out to other stakeholders in Ijesaland and beyond to solicit for more financial support for its Empowerment program.


And in order for the Ijesa Youths Forum (IYF) to have a solid and meaningful presence and membership in all the six LGAs of Ijesaland, Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi has also picked 100% of the cost submitted by Ijesa Youth Forum (IYF) to him to expend in mobilising a minimum of 500 Youth Members in each of the 6 LGAs, totalling a minimum of 3,000 at the completion of the exercise. Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi on youth empowerment is rooted in the words of Henry George "Let no man imagine that he has no influence. Whoever he may be, and wherever he may be placed, the man who thinks becomes a light and a power’. This is the force of ignition that would redefine the future of Ijesaland.


In order to ensure that all the financial contribution made by stakeholders goes fully towards the development of Ijesa Youths Business Enterprises and no amount is diverted to administrative or logistics purposes, Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi has further given an undertaking to support the Ijesa Youths Forum (IYF) with a monthly Secretariat Imprest of N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira) only monthly for the next twelve months. The Secretariat Imprest for the November 2022 has similarly been paid by Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi into Ijesa Youth Forum (IYF) account.


"All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual."- Albert Einstein


Our debt of gratitude goes to Our Royal Majesties, Oba(Engr) Moses Olufemi Agunsoye, the Elegboro of Ijebu-jesa; Oba Adeleke Agunbiade, the Ajalaiye of Ipetu-Ijesa; Oba Omisade Agboluaje, the Oloja of Ibodi; Oba Jethro Adejola, the Olosu of Osu; Oba Hakeem Ogungbamgbe, the Owaloko of Iloko-ijesa; Oba Festus Awogboro, the Alademure of Ibokun; and Oba Isaiah Olusegun Adedeji, the Tirimi of Iperindo for volunteering to donate land for the use of the Youths of Ijesaland.


Appreciation also goes to the Body of Mentors established by Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi to provide technical support to the Business Enterprises of Ijesa Youths Forum, namely, Elder Dare Ogunsumi; Dr (Engr) K. A. Yusuf; Dr Felix O. Idowu; Mr Oluseyi Adigun; Dr Gbolabo Oni; and Mr Tomiwa Aladekomo.


This is to on behalf of all Sons and Daughters of Ijesaland both at home and in the diaspora heartily congratulate the First Asiwaju and Yeye Asiwaju of Ijesaland, Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi and Yeye Asiwaju Dr Olubisi Fasuyi for clocking six years in office and to continue to wish them continuous God's grace and blessings in the many more years and decades of selfless service to humanity in general and Ijesaland in particular.


"Make sure you're not just waiting for someone else to fix things, or hoping that things will improve...Figure out what's going on and make a plan to improve things”   -- Kenneth W. Thomas

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