Ogunpa Indigenes Forum, a non political organisation comprising youths and Mogajis in Ogunpa community, Ibadan has conferred the Life Patron Award on the Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji Ogunguniso I and a member of the Oyo State House of Assembly representing Ibadan South East Constituency II, Honourable Ademola Ige, as the “Politician of Integrity” in Oyo State.
The awards were conferred on the two eminent personalities at the third edition of the annual Ramadan lecture organised by the forum at Ifeleye Street, Ogunpa, Ibadan. The lecture was delivered by an Islamic scholar, Alhaji Taofeek Akeugbagold.
Speaking at the well attended occasion, the President of Ogunpa Indigenes Forum, Alhaji Ismaila Azeez, disclosed that the forum, established in 2007, decided to make the Olubadan of Ibadan land, its life patron because of the fatherly role he had playing in the lives of members of the community before he became the Olubadan, while Honourable Ige was honoured with the “Politician of Integrity award” in recognition of his moral and financial support for the people of Ogunpa community.
He further explained that the award followed a close observation of Honourable Ige by the forum, which found out that he is a disciplined, humane, accommodating and honest politician, who always makes himself available for assistance to any individual and matters affecting the generality of the people since he joined politics.
Presenting the award to Ige, Oba Adetunji wished him many more years of meritorious service to the people of his constituency, Ibadan land, Oyo State and Nigeria in general.
In his reaction, Ige said the award would encourage him to do more for the people of his constituency, Oyo State and Nigeria as a whole.
He noted that though he had received many awards since he became a lawmaker a year ago, he felt so honoured by the one presented to him by the forum because it was bestowed on him alongside his father, the Olubadan of Ibadan land.
He prayed God to grant the monarch long life, sound health, peace and prosperity in his quest to make Ibadan city great.