Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has disclosed efforts are in top gear to affiliate the Oba Sikiru Adetona College of Governance with the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos, for the training of high ranking government officials.

The governor made this known at the 90th birthday and 64th coronation anniversary thanksgiving of the Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona, at the Cathedral Church of Our Saviour, Ita-Olowajoda-Ijasi, Ijebu-Ode, yesterday.

He said permanent secretaries from the state would be the first to enrol to enable them benefit from the college, which is the brain child of Awujale.

Abiodun also said he sought and got the approval of President Bola Tinubu to grant the college the full status of the campus of NIPSS.

“I told Kabiyesi this morning that our permanent secretaries will be the first set of students at that Oba Sikiru Adetona College of Governance, and they will be the first set to benefit from the Awujale’s initiative

“I have further made a case to President Tinubu to allow Baba’s school of governance to become a campus of NIPSS, a request that Mr. President has graciously approved,” he said.

Abiodun described Adetona as a living legend and a phenomenon whose reign has been a monumental success and a pride to the entire Ijebuland and the state at large.

According to the governor, the monarch represents the beauty and the candour of the ancestral heritage of the Ijebu people, emphasising that his passion for governance and accessible commitment to education led him to institute the Oba Sikiru Adetona Professorial Chair in Governance in the Department of Political Science of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye.

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“This initiative has led and given birth to the establishment of the world class Oba Sikiru Adetona School of Governance, the first of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“He championed the Ijebu Development Board on poverty eradication that has become a model in the entire country,” Abiodun said.

In a sermon entitled: “Serve the Lord with Gladness,” Dean Emeritus, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Adebola Ademowo, said God’s purpose for man was to serve Him unconditionally, noting that no man serves God faithfully without rewards.

Taking his text from Psalms 100 verse 2, Ademowo regretted, however, that though God put people in places of authority to serve, most Nigerians do not see themselves as servants once they assume leadership positions, calling for a change of heart to move the nation forward.

He called for national rebirth beginning from the family, saying this would reposition the country and bring back its lost glory.

The cleric described Adetona as a unifier, a monarchical colossus and “a Solomon of our time,” who used the palace to unite all Ijebu sons and daughters irrespective of their political or religious lineage.

Awujale, Ademowo said, is a mentor, enabler, whose life is full of monumental achievements in his 64 years on the throne, saying he has touched many lives through endowment programmes.