Ogun Reaffirms Commitment To Promotion, Preservation Of Cultural Heritage

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The present administration in Ogun State will continue to support initiatives that celebrate tradition, showcase artistic talents and promote tourism, thereby creating an enabling environment for youths to harness opportunities that could help cultural heritage to blossom globally.

Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Hon. Sesan Fagbayi, made this statement at the 2024 Okosi Festival celebration, at Makun-Omi, Ogun Waterside Local Government Area of the state, noting that culture was not only a reflection of the past but a driving force for future developments which should be nurtured and preserved.

Hon. Fagbayi noted that cultural festivals such as Okosi Festival strengthens identity, promote unity and stimulates economic growth, saying, “Let us show the world the beauty and richness of our culture. Let us continue to build a community that is proud of its past, present and future.

“May our culture continue to flourish and may Makun Omi community remain a beacon of unity and progress. Let us come together, let us celebrate and honour our ancestors and our heritage”.

He congratulated Oba Kazeem Salami, Ilufemiloba 1, Osobia of Makun Omi Kingdom, for the successful celebration, noting that the monarch’s undeniable role in the preservation and promotion of culture and the potential of the good people of Makun Omi Kingdom and Ogun State cannot be over-emphasised.

In his welcome address, His Royal Majesty, Oba Kazeem Adesina Salami, Ilufemiloba 1, Osobia of Makun Omi Kingdom, commended the state government for its unrelenting commitment and support for the sustenance and promotion of tourism and cultural heritage in the state.

The Monarch added that the developmental strides of the state government on good road network in the community and local government had greatly increased the economy of the area, expressing optimism that the community would continue to benefit more dividend of democracy of the present administration.

Highlight of the celebration was the ground-breaking ceremony of the Western Coast Maritime Academy, Makun Omi by the Commissioner.

In a related development, thirty illustrious sons and daughters of the town were conferred with various chieftaincy titles, with a charge for them to contribute their quota to the development and growth of the town and State at large, to commemorate the fifth year coronation anniversary of Oba Salami.

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