The Federal Government of Nigeria is to launch a Compendium to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Country’s Independence.
Mr Bayo Omoboriowo, the Presidency Coordinator of the book, “Nigeria at 60,” told the Alake, at the Ake Palace today, that the Compendium would reflect the Nation’s gains and the challenges in Post Independent Nigeria.
Mr Omoboriowo disclosed that the President and the Commander in Chief of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, felt that it was necessary and incumbent that Nigeria should take a comprehensive stock of its achievements since 1960 when it became an Independent nation
The Coordinator of the National Compendium said that the Task Force on the book, felt that Egbaland abounded in historical and contemporary materials, necessary to achieve the best possible for the Compendium, adding that this was in relation to the many “firsts” already scored by Egbaland.
He said the 60th Nationhood of Nigeria’s Conpedium would be incomplete without references to Egbaland, adding that this informed why the Presidential team had been working in collaboration with the Ogun State Ministry of Culture and Tourism in the past few days.
The coordinator concluded that they had come to appreciate the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland for being a most revered cultural and traditional leader in Nigeria, and a best custodian of Traditional and Cultural values.
Speaking earlier, the Ogun Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Hon. Olwatoyin Taiwo, appreciated the Alake for his effective Community leadership and for upholding of Cultural values in Egbaland and beyond.
The Culture and Tourism Commissioner added that Egbaland was repleted with artefacts that were relevant to Nigeria’s socioeconomic development and tourism, of which Nigeria and Ogun State were beneficairies.
Welcoming the visitors, the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, disclosed that Egbaland was an independent nation, before the birth of Nigeria between 1898 and August 1914, with its own government, ministers, and defence.
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo further revealed that Egbaland, before Lagos, Abeokuta had functional water works, tarred roads, and street lights among other public services during its nationhood.
Speaking further on materials for the Presidential Compendium, the Alake revealed that Egbaland had the first Secondary School, CMS Grammar School in 1865, before it was taken to Lagos, the first Hospital- Sacred Heart, the first Newspaper- December 3, 1859, and many others, including having the First Bible in Nigeria.
The Alake also revealed that Egba was “a most friendly, tolerant, and accommodating nation” within Nigeria because the word “Egba” means accepting anybody and anything that would add value to the growth and development of the land.
He further appreciated the Presidency for deeming it fit to include Egbaland as a veritable resource point in the Country for such a monumental project.
Among the entourage of the Presidential Crew and the Ogun State Ministry of Culture and Tourism were Hon. (Dr) Oluwatoyin E. Taiwo, Ogun State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mrs Melutia Ogunremi, the Permanent Secretary, Ogun Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Mr. Bayo Omoboriowo, leader of the delegation from the Presidency on Conpedium of Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary, Mrs Ronke Tokunbo Peters, the Director of Tourism Development and Promotion.
Egba High Chiefs present at the occasion included the Balogun of Egbaland, High Chief Sikirullah Atobatele, the Seriki of Egbaland, High Chief Tosin Fadare, the Baagbimo of Egbaland, High Chief Akanni Akinwale, the Bantun of Egbaland, High Chief Kehinde Sofenwa, and the Aare Baaroyin of Egbaland, High Chief Layi Labode.
The representatives of the Egba Alake townships known as ‘Oloye Idi Ere’ were also present.