The Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo has commended the Egba Progressive Association, EPA of Houston, USA, for taking a bold step in reinvigorating the Egba strive and resolve of the Egba Nation to in the forefront of education and socioeconomic wellbeing of the country.
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo made the remark when commissioning the new Secretariat of the Association in Ijeja, Abeokuta on Friday 22nd of November, 2019
The Alake also advised the 120 SS1 student recipients to work hard to justify the scholarships being offered them.
Oba Adedotun Gbadeb also congratulated the 10 foundation student beneficiaries, who had successfully passed their WAEC and JAMB examinations, to go into universities and pass out in flying colours.
Speaking earlier, Coordinator of the Programme, Sir Knight Akiboh, said his association was always willing to collaborate with the Alake with a view to making the Egba Nation sustain its leadership in socioeconomic development, even from primary, secondary to tertiary system of education.
Sir Knight Akiboh appreciated the Otun Baade of Egbaland, Chief Tunji Sunmonu, especially, and others for their regular support for the EPA’s Programme in Egbaland.
Sir Akiboh also recalled the growth from 10 initial beneficiaries of the Programme to 120 current beneficiaries was a sign of exemplary and all inclusive community leadership of the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, His Majesty, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, who had always facilitated beneficial programmes for the Egbas and others, adding that the EPA would step up its scholarship Programme in its next budget for 2021 to accommodate Skills Acquisition Programme as directed by the Alake.
In her votes of thanks, the Coordinator of the Centre, Mrs Saidat Adegbite, said that the exercise had achieved tremendous success as many Egba Youths are now getting extra coaching to excel in secondary education, leading to their achieving academic and professional goals in life.
Egba Dignitaries at the occasion included the Asiwaju and Erelu Onimoero, Chief Adeniyi and Chief (Mrs) Ololade Akanni; the Onimoero, Chief Tokunbo Odebunmi, Baada Asoju Oba, Chief Wole Odekunle and Aare Baaroyin Layi Labode.