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Tinubu Confers GCON On Awujale @ 90




President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Friday, conferred the second highest national honour of the Grand Commander of the Order of Niger (GCON) on the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona.

Tinubu conferred the honour on Oba Adetona to mark the foremost traditional ruler’s 90th birthday today, May 10 , 2024.

President Tinubu disclosed the conferment of the award on Awujale at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye during the commissioning of the Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona School of Governance Studies and the presentation of a book titled ; “Reinventing Governance in Nigeria: The Oba (Dr.) Sikiru Kayode Adetona Model”.


The President, represented by the Vice President, Senator Kashim Shettima, said the royal father deserves the second highest honour in the land because of his contribution to nation-building and meritorious service to humanity.

Tinubu, noted that the numerous contributions of Oba Adetona to national development, particularly in the education sector has expanded the sector to optimal delivery through various donations and endowments.

He described Oba Adetona as forthright with exceptional character who stood his ground and confronted injustice in all ramifications.

Tinubu also commended him for his role in ensuring the return of democratic governance in Nigeria.

President Tinubu stated that Oba Sikiru Adetona School of Governance Studies would be taken over and managed by the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos.


He said this is so : “Because Kabiyesi Adetona has honored our country and humanity with his many years of meritorious service, I, therefore, on this occasion of his 90th birthday ceremony confer on him the second highest National honour of Grand Commander of the Order of Niger (GCON).

“The National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos, will be asked to take over the running and management of Oba Sikiru Adetona School of Governance Studies.”

In his remarks Governor, Dapo Abiodun, described Oba 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, Awujale Adetona represents the beauty and the candour of the ancestral heritage of the Ijebu people, emphasising that his passion for good governance and commitment to the development of education led him to institute the Oba Sikiru Adetona Professorial Chair in Governance in the Department of Political Science of Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye.

“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 submitted.

Also speaking, the Pro-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Toyin Ashiru, said the establishment of the School of Governance is aimed at fostering dialogue among scholars, policy makers and practitioners on matters of governance, leadership and public service.

He adding that it would serve as a hub for research, knowledge sharing and capacity building to equip people with needed skills for effective governance.

The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Ayodeji Agboola in his speech, said the Awujale has contributed to the development of the school through the donation of offices, lecture and seminar rooms, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Library.

Agboola assured that the vision and mission of the School of Governance Studies would be vigorously pursued to make it a centre of excellence in good government and leadership in Nigeria and in the sub Saharan Africa.

In a lecture titled “Changing Nigeria’s Governance Narrative,” the occupant of the Oba (Dr.) Sikiru Kayode Adetona Professorial Chair in Governance, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Prof. Akinsola Agagu, said Nigeria since independence, has been grappling with democratic crisis, corruption, mismanagement, ineptitude, insecurity, among others.

He said all these have led to non achievement of dividends of independence in the country.

Agagu attributed the deep root of the general governance and development crises in the country to absence of seamless intersection of democratic politics with democratic political and legal culture, emphasising that the continued political crisis is due to flawed political culture which has reduced politics to a lawless and amoral vocation.

According to him, to change the narrative and put the country on the right track, public spirited individuals at all facets of live are urgently needed, while patriotism, concern for the people, vision, honesty, transparency and accountability as well as impeccable character as exemplified by Oba Sikiru Adetona, should be the hall mark of those in position of leadership.

Responding, Oba Adetona appreciated the people for their support and for honouring him with their presence and prayed for the peace in the families, state, and the country.

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