Ilaji Ho­tels and Sports Re­sort hosts Sa­heed Osupa

The Punch - - EDUCATION -

AS part of his vi­sion to make Ilaji Ho­tels and Sports Re­sort the cor­ner­stone of en­ter­tain­ment in oyo State, the Chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Chief Do­tun Sanusi, hosted an­other A-list Fuji artist, King Sa­heed osupa, on New Year Day at the multi-bil­lion naira hos­pi­tal­ity com­plex.

The host­ing of the mu­si­cian held ex­actly a week af­ter Ade­wale Ayuba had per­formed at the re­sort.

Fans of osupa had started troup­ing to the main-bowl of re­sort, the venue of the New Year gig, with a view to watch­ing the live per­for­mance of the Ibadan-born Fuji mu­si­cian.

It was an elec­tri­fy­ing mo­ment when osupa breezed into the sta­dium and headed straight into the podium to begin his first live show of the New Year.

Af­ter the show, the host, Chief Sanusi, re­it­er­ated his com­mit­ment to­wards mak­ing Ibadan the hub of en­ter­tain­ment in Nige­ria, just as it was in the past.

He de­clared that the down­turn of the econ­omy had neg­a­tively af­fected the hos­pi­tal­ity busi­ness and en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try in the coun­try.

He said that with de­ter­mi­na­tion on the part of govern­ment and cor­po­rate bod­ies, en­ter­tain­ment would thrive once again.

“Like I al­ways say, I will keep sup­port­ing any ef­fort aimed at tak­ing our youths off crime. Just as you have seen for your­self, ma­jor­ity of the peo­ple who came for the show are en­er­getic youths. Dur­ing the pe­riod they have been here, they have been well be­haved. It is now left for pa­tri­otic cit­i­zens, those who are con­cerned about the fu­ture of this coun­try, to come to the aid of these youths by pack­ag­ing pro­grammes of this na­ture.

“I can say it with­out fear or favour that most of these youths, who in­dulge in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties, would have been re­spon­si­ble cit­i­zens if they had been en­gaged mean­ing­fully. But, our in­abil­ity to chan­nel their en­ergy into or­gan­ised ef­forts is one of the fac­tors that is re­spon­si­ble for the surge in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties in the coun­try”, Sanusi added.

He urged cor­po­rate bod­ies and wealthy in­di­vid­u­als to com­pli­ment the ef­forts of govern­ment to­wards the re­for­ma­tion of erring youths. The event was an­chored by the duo of ta­lented broad­cast­ers, Ab­durasaq Ab­duga­neey, pop­u­larly known as Mr GRA and Fun­mi­layo Ile­sanmi, a.k.a Irawo ede.

•L-R: Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Ilaji Ho­tels and Sports Re­sort, Chief (Engr) Do­tun Sanusi; King Dr Sa­heed Osupa; a mem­ber, Oyo State Lo­cal Govern­ment Ser­vice Com­mis­sion, Mr Oyesina Oyedeji; and a se­cu­rity per­son­nel with Osupa for his live per­for­mance dur­ing the New Year show held at the main-bowl of Ilaji Ho­tels and Sports Re­sort Sta­dium… on Wed­nes­day. Photo: Ilaji Ho­tels and Sports Re­sort

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