LAST week, I read in the newspapers that the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja 11, recently established a 100 acres of cashew plantation in his domain. With this, several Ife youths will be gainfully employed, while the economy of the ancient city will blossom.
The Ooni is someone who is so passionate about the development of Ile-Ife. I was at an event at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife recently, and the Ooni and the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, were in attendance.
While giving his lecture at the event, Dr Fayemi said the Ooni was always calling him to intimate him of the natural resources in the town.
Dr Fayemi said when the Ooni realised he would be coming for the event, he brought some resources which could be used in making floor tiles, saying it is high time we stopped importing such from China.
I am really happy that Ooni Ogunwusi is not sitting back, waiting for the government to come to the aid of his people. The 100 acres of cashew plantation will go a long way in making Ife prosperous.
As someone who is into the export of agricultural commodities, I know how much foreign countries, particularly India, demand for cashew.
Other well-to-do individuals can also emulate the Ooni by doing something to create jobs for our youths.
- Kemisola Olusesi,