Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola yesterday described former interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Adebisi Akande as an encyclopedia of governance and statesmanship whose virtues were worthy of emulation.
Besides, He said Osun was proud to donate his politics, economics and governance dynamics to a nation striving to emplace visionary and dynamic leadership, describing Akande as birthing legacy of prudent and transparent management of men and resources in the state.
Oyetola stated these yesterday in Lagos at a public presentation of a book entitled “The Bisi Akande Phenomenon: Governance, Economics and Politics”, held at the Jelili Adebisi Omotola Hall C, University of Lagos, Akoka.
He said: “His life, politics, philosophy, leadership dynamics and lifestyle accurately exemplify him as an outstanding Omoluabi and a phenomenon in the nation’s budding democracy.
“Akande represents everything Osun stands for, and radiates the honour and statesmanship our nation exudes.
“Baba Awon Omo Kekeke (father of small children), as he is fondly called is a metaphor for the future of Osun and Nigeria.
“He radiates vision, discipline, dynamism, industry and honour, which we require to overcome the raging rot to become a great player in the competitive world. This Octogenarian was a compendium of wisdom during the opposition days of the progressives and even now, a formidable guide while in power.
“Since his tutelage under the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Chief Akande has remained a potent voice in politics, governance and the economy. He is also widely known as a bridge between the North and the South in a nation immersed in ethnic and rotational politics.
“These rare attributes make him a phenomenon, a quintessential politician and a unifying force in a country where centrifugal forces are always gnawing at its political and economic soul.”
“A visionary and dynamic leader, Chief Akande remains the architect of our beloved state, having laid a solid foundation which his successors have built on in all the sectors to announce the state to the world.
“Chief Akande birthed the legacy of prudent and transparent management of men and resources. Despite Osun’s status as one of the resource-challenged states in the country, Chief Akande employed his skills as a creative manager to build structures and institutions in a manner that dwarfed the achievements of resource-studded states in the nation.
“As students of Chief Akande’s politico-economics, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to the author of the book for codifying the activities and milestones of our principal into a compendium for us and the generations yet unborn to appropriately build bricks on the foundation that will take our fatherland to the Promised Land.”
“As Baba’s governor, I express the gratitude of the good people of of Osun to Baba Akande for living an exemplary life worthy of emulation; thank you Baba for becoming an encyclopaedia of governance and statesmanship.
“We are proud to donate Baba Akande, his politics, his economics and his governance dynamics to a nation striving to emplace visionary and dynamic leadership.”
Meanwhile Oyetola has told migrants resident in the state to cooperate with officials of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) for proper documentation and data capturing.
He, however, admonished them to register with the NIS to enable the state to guarantee their security and welfare with a view to affording them opportunity to carry out their legitimate businesses.
Oyetola, represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prince Wole Oyebamiji, spoke yesterday at the State Command of the NIS, Osogbo, during inauguration of the electronic registration of migrants in the state.
He said: “The e-registration exercise is a global standard exercise. It is designed for all migrants who are 18 years and above to register with the Nigeria Immigration Service. This exercise will serve as a database of all foreigners.
“Consequently, I enjoin all migrants resident in Osun to register with the Nigeria Immigration Service to enable the State to guarantee their security and welfare and to afford them the opportunity to carry out their legitimate businesses.”