Two Egba Chiefs Have Joined Alake in the Egba Apex Monarch’s Mission To Take Care of Senior Citizens of Egbaland and Residents especially in the Area of Health and Care at Old Age.
They are conferred Osi Bobagunwa Egba, Chief Yemi Lawal and Bobagunwa-Elect, Ambassador Toye Okanlawon.
The Chairman of Egbaland Humanitarian and Development Council, Chief Olabode Mustapha made this known on Tuesday 5 of October, 2021, during the Council’s program marking the 78th Birthday of Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, and the Jigi Alake (eye) Medical Initiative, which took place at Ake Palace, Abeokuta.
The Osi of Egbaland, Chief Bode Mustapha, revealed this in his welcome address to the Group’s programme, which was also organised to mark the United Nation’s World Senior Citizens Day Celebration.
High Chief Bode Mustapha who until his statutory promotion to the Osi of Egbaland, was the Bobagunwa of Egbaland, told the Alake and the audience, that the Bobagunwa-Elect, Ambassador Toye Okanlawon and Osi Bobagunwa, Chief Yemi Lawal, had sponsored the cataract and other eye ailments surgeries for a total of 100 identified beneficiaries during this Jigi Alake Health Outreach.
The surgeries which costs 2.5 million each for the two chiefs, are to be carried out anytime soon, as the beneficiaries had been tested and confirmed on Tuesday, 5 October 2021, at the Ake Palace Millennium Hall.
The two donors speaking to Newsflagship correspondent, said that they were doing so to support the Egba Apex Monarch’s compassion for the care of the Egba people especially the aged, as well as residents in the Egba nation.
The Corporate Sponsors of EHDC’s Jigi Alake programme, National Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), Mr Bello Hassan, told the Alake that his Parastatal, saw it as a privilege to work with the EHDC in order to improve the better and greater living of the elderly in Egbaland and beyond.
The NDIC boss also noted with satisfaction that elders were important to be around in any society and should not be neglected because they have had so much experience and wisdom to pass on to their successors.
The Director General of the EHDC, and Bagbaje of Egbaland, Chief Olajide Taiwo, disclosed that the the programme was organised to celebrate their Grand Patron, the Alake’s 78th Birthday which was always celebrated in a way that Egbas would benefit greatly.
Chief Jide Taiwo also appreciated the Egba Apex Monarch for his undying love for Egbas, especially the aged ones.
He further disclosed that the Alake initial plan was to only celebrate Alake’s 78th Birthday but Oba Gbadebo himself said he wanted something that would benefit humanity.
Aare Jide Taiwo added that Alake earlier said that God had given him the major things he wanted in life, if not everything.
He recalled, “Alake also said his throne was dedicated to humanity and to every soul living in Egbaland.”
The Bagbaje Egba further thanked the Egba Paramount Ruler for making him an Egba High Chief, even as a young man, adding that he would continue to serve Egbaland to the best of his abilities.
Chief Taiwo assured the Alake that the Council would continue to do more to effectively impact humanity.
The Executive Directors of the Egbaland Humanitarian and Development Council who were present at the occasion included High Chief Olabode Mustapha, MSC, Miod – Chairman; High Chief Tosin Fadare, FCA, – Vice Chairman; Aare Jide Taiwo – DG; Chief Omolola Abiola-Edewor; Prince Adesegun Ajibola, SAN; Mrs Anthonia Akinlawon, SAN; and Prince Yemi Shodimu (Media/Publicity).
Other eminent personalities present include Olori Tokunbo Gbadebo; Ekiti State Governor represented by Dr Tunde Adegbola; Ogun INEC Commissioner, Mr Olusegun Agbaje; Dr Femi Carena, Prince Lekan Tejuoso, and others.
Egba High Chiefs present included Baagbimo Akanni Akinwale, Balogun Sikirullah Atobatele represented, Akogun Bayo Shoyoye, Baamowe Majahid Ajao Adelekan, Lisa Ayinla Olaogun, Sarunmi M. Ola Yusuf, Aare Baaroyin Layi Labode, to mention a few.