Prince Kehinde Adekanmi becomes Life Member – OSAWA Advisory Council as Association holds 3rd Economic/security summit.
– Steve Ovirih.
Ondo South Advancement and Welfare Consultative Association ( OSAWA) over the weekend held the 3rd Edition of its security, economic and leadership summit at The Royal Bay Event Center Okitipupa.
The event featured keynote presentations by The Distinguished Senator representing Ondo South, billionaire business mogul, Dr. Jimoh Ibrahim, CFR, Hon. Akinwumi Sowore, Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperative and the scholarly lecture of Prof. Festus Adenikinju, the erudite Professor of Economics, whose lecture was presented at his behest by Dr. Temi Olumoyegun from Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko.
The United Kingdom ( UK ) based youthful philanthropist , Prince Kehinde Adekanmi was also specially honored with a recognition plaque while he was unveiled as Life Member of the Association’s Advisory Council. Prince Kehinde Adekanmi, a Nigerian in The Diaspora is the son of the Lisa of Idepe Okitipupa, High Chief Adekanmi, a prominent community4 stakeholder, Culture impresario and politician of worth. The youthful recipient of Life Membership of OSAWA Advisory Council was appreciated for his giving spirit, his unquantifiable generosity to the cause of advancing youth development in Ondo South and his commitment to ensuring development in the area.
In his lecture, Prof. Adenikinju noted that the economy of Ondo South is in comatose and development is at a standstill because of challenges such as the power outage in the entire district spanning almost two decades. ” It is quite unfortunate that our district is groaning for too long from institutional weakness, bad leadership , ineffective representation by leaders at all levels of governance and declining commitment by all stakeholders and policy makers from the region concerning the welfare of the peope,” Prof. Adenikinju noted.
He said the backward situation of Ondo South against the background of the fact that it is the cash cow of the state has made him to wonder if the region still belongs in the Sunshine State, adding that the ” the wealth of a nation and by extention its ability to enhance the quality of life of the people is hinged on the efficiency with which it runs societal and economic affairs.” Adenikinju harped on accountability in order to improve quality of governance in a way that will make life better for the citizenry.
The Chairman of the event, Senator Jimoh Ibrahim, CFR, earlier in his remark suggested the need for a paradigm shift in the discourse on security, stressing that state security as it stands now is a mismatch. ” My understanding as an expert in War studies with a PhD on this has made me to narrow down the focus of security to individual security rather than state security. If individuals are secure the state will be secure and the country will be secure. ”
Senator Ibrahim said the reason the Army has not weaned off the Boko Haram insurgency is because the war is a non-conventional war and cannot be won using conventional warfare. He advised all to bear in mind that the best way to start security is to start from the individual security agenda.
In his response to the recognition done him by OSAWA, Prince Adekanmi described the Association as a veritable tool of harnessing the potentials of youths in Ondo South, thanking the organizers for deeming it fit to consider him for the honour.
In an exclusive chat with thepolity.net, Prince Kehinde Adekanmi congratulated the executive committee of OSAWA while assuring them of his unalloyed support at all times.
Other recipients of OSAWA’s recognition awards were Hon. Gbegudu, Member Ondo State House of Assembly, Captain Mamman Wasuku Alushi, CO Forward Operating Base Igbokoda, who was specially appreciated for navigating for safety the coastal territory of Ondo South; Captain. Alushi was represented by Sub. Lt. Olabode Ako at the event.