The Alake and Paramount Ruler of England, His Majesty, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo and the Lord Bishop of Egba Anglican Diocese, Nigerian Communion, Right Reverend Oludaisi Adekunle, unanimously agreed that the retiring Permanent Secretary, Olugbemi Bajela, had paid his dues as a committed and top brass civil servant of Ogun State, during his service years.
The Egba Apex Monarch and the Grand Bishop of Anglican Church, made their impressions known at the Thanksgiving Service of Mr Gbemi Bajela on his 60th Birthday and Retiring at the Cathedral of St Peter, Ake Abeokuta, on Monday, 4 December, 2021.
In his sermon, Bishop Oludaisi Adekunle said that the Alake and the Egba Nation was proud to show off the likes of Abayomi Olugbemi Bajela anywhere in the the world for honesty, focused, dedicated and humanistic service during his service in the Ogun State Government.
Bishop Oludaisi Adekunle said that Yomi Bajela had paid his dues as a dedicated civil servant and should therefore use his vast experience in service positively during retirement to his benefit and for service to his people and humanity.
Bishop Oludaisi Adekunle said Mr Yomi Bajela had automatically joined the Club of Senior Citizens, adding that Yomi Bajela should also play a good role a Senior citizen.
Bishop Oludaisi Adekunle also noted that Abayomi Olugbemi Bajela was not one of those that would either ask the Alake or anyone in authority to help them beg the Government for their misdemeanors.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Alake and Paramount Ruler of England, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, said that the Egba Nation was very proud of Mr Bajela for maintaining and sustaining the pedigree of dedication, hard work, service and honestly of his father in his days as a Public Servant im the old Western Nigeria.
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo said he was very proud of Egba Compatriots, who maintain and sustain the value chain of Egba leadership of headstart in many professional and other human endeavors in Nigeria.
Also, the Alake, in an interview with the Newsflagship Online Newspaper, said that he agreed with the Bishop of Egba Anglican Diocese, His Lordship, Right Reverend (Dr) Oludaisi Adekunle, that Mr Bajela should use his cognate experience to the benefit of Egbaland by considering his retirement as both a resting period as well as another life of call to service.
The Alake advised him that, in spite of new life, should not allow excessive chores to overweight his health.
Congratulating the celebrant further, the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, said that the celebrant had made his entire family proud, adding that he had made a remarkable achievements, even at 60.
Responding, the Celebrant, Mr Abayomi Olugbemi Bajela, said that there was nothing more satisfying than the physical presence of His Majesty, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, the Alake of Egbaland, at his Retirement and Birthday Thanksgiving Service.
The celebrant disclosed this to Newsflagship in an interview, adding that he was full of utmost appreciation towards the Egba Apex Monarch.
He also noted that during Alake’s reign, God had blessed Egba sons and daughters all over the world, to keep pushing forward, the development of Egbaland and prayed that Egba would never go backwards. Bajela said rather, she would be growing by leaps and bounds, under the able leadership of His Majesty, the Alake.
Mr Bajela also prayed that the Alake would live long on the throne of his forefathers, adding that he sincerely appreciated the presence of all the Egba Chiefs that accompanied him to the occasion including the Aro, Chief Yinka Kufile and the Aare Baaroyin, Chief Layi Labode.
Appreciating the Bishop of Egba Diocese, Mr Bajela noted that Rt Rev. Adekunle had been a close confidant to him since childhood, adding that they attended the same primary and secondary school.
He added that they had both known each other inside out and that their parents were close friends.
Mr Bajela also appreciated the Bishop’s love and support and prayed that his episcopal calling would continue to grow everyday and that his anointing would never run dry.
Present at the occasion were, the Alake and Paramount Ruler of England, His Majesty, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, CFR, Okukenu IV, the immediate past SSG, Adeoluwa Taiwo; former Head of Service, Engr Lanre Bisiriyu, the incubent HoS, Mrs Selimot Ottun: and some Egba High Chiefs including the Aro Egba, Chief Yinka Kufile, and the Aare Baaroyin, Chief Layi Labode.