By OSA AMADI
The National Association of Nigerian Students, (NANS) has conferred an award of excellence on the Ogun State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Rt. Hon Muyiwa Oladipo, for his role at ensuring that culture continues to thrive in the country.
Comrade Ejiro Ayigbe, President, Delta State chapter of the National Association of Nigerian Students said the decision to honour Rt. Hon Muyiwa Oladipo with an award of excellence was reached at the Senate of the association.
Ejiro noted that his impact was felt across the country and the continent with the introduction of the Nigerian Drums Festival now African Drums Festival.
“We felt his impact, the first African Drums Festival was organised by him, in Africa today, Nigeria seems to be setting the pace in the revitalization of our culture, he has done well for culture in Nigeria,” he said.
He also disclosed that one of the reasons why he was conferred with the award was as a result of the tremendous support he had been given to students across the country.
“We’ve checked when he was speaker, we have been following his antecedents as Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly and as the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, he has done much in benefiting youths, benefiting students, empowering youths and students, and that’s why we deemed it fit to honour him, we are aware of scholarships he had given to students, so we just deemed it fit to honour him for having exceedingly helped students to attain a great height, “ he said.
In his remarks, Rt. Hon Muyiwa Oladipo thanked the National Association of Nigerian Students for honouring him with an award of excellence, adding that the body should continue to ensure that peace reigns in campuses in the country.
Meanwhile, the Ogun state Government has disclosed that it would continue to support programs aimed at revitalising the richness embedded in Yoruba language, culture and tradition.
The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun made this known during the 2017 Gbagede Ewa Ede with the theme :’Yoruba Culture and Heritage; A priceless Gift to Humanity’ held at the June 12 Cultural Centre, kuto Abeokuta.
Governor Amosun who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Barr. Taiwo Adeoluwa noted that the state government would continue to support programs aimed at promoting the richness in Yoruba culture, language and tradition.
“We will not relent by the grace of God. Next year, we will surely support the program more than we’ve done this year. Government alone cannot do it. It shouldn’t be the organiser alone. We should all come together and support this great initiative. As a government, we will not come last in our effort to ensure that our language does not go into extinction” he said.
Amosun noted that the state government on coming into power had changed the departments of culture and tourism to a full-fledged ministry in a bid to create a friendly environment for culture and tourism to thrive.