The Ondo State Government on Thursday honoured the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, with an award of excellence.
The Media Adviser to the minister, Mr Sola Fasure, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, saying that the governor was represented at the occasion held at the state cultural centre by his Chief of Staff, Chief Gbenga Ale.
Announcing the award to Aregbesola, Akeredolu lauded the minister’s efforts at promoting the culture of the Yoruba race, especially when he served as the governor of Osun between 2010 and 2018.
He said the belief of Aregbesola in cultural renaissance and his efforts at promoting the culture of the Yoruba race made him eminently qualified for the award.
Akeredolu, who is the chairman of the South-West Governors Forum, said the award presented to Aregbesola was premised on the elevation of the Yoruba anthem by the Aregbesola’s administration in Osun and the status of the state anthem, promotion of the Omoluabi ethos and promotion of human rights and equal recognition of the three major religions in the state during his administration.
He, however, urged the minister not to relent in his efforts at promoting the Yoruba cultural values, just as he assured that the state would ensure that the Yoruba culture was not relegated to the background.
In his remarks, Aregbesola described culture as the hallmark of human existence, saying knowledge, virtue and productivity clearly define culture.
The minister stressed the need for the development of Yoruba culture, adding that the Yoruba race is blessed with valuable culture and tradition.
He acknowledged the high premium placed on Yoruba culture outside the shore of the country, saying that if the various cultural heritage and tourist centres in Yoruba land were well developed, they would be of tremendous economic benefits to the country.
Aregbesola, therefore, made case for cultural renaissance, just as he urged the people to change their orientation and belief about culture.
The minister lauded Akeredolu for his belief in Yoruba culture which culminated in the adoption of the Yoruba anthem as the state’s anthem.
He described the governor as a liberal person, who had shown him love and enthusiasm, and not an antagonist in any way.
“Akeredolu is a liberal and understanding politician who believes in the Yoruba nation. This is evident in the adoption of Yoruba anthem as the official anthem of the state. The Governor is a good ambassador of the Yoruba race,” he said. (NAN)