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Why I establishe­d Ife Grand Resort, Industrial Park

–Ooni

- BOLA BAMIGBOLA

THE Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has explained the reason behind the establishm­ent of Ife Grand Resort and Industrial Park which was officially opened on Friday by the Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola.

Oba Ogunwusi, while speaking at the event witnessed by dignitarie­s across the country, explained that the facility was establishe­d for youth developmen­t and capacity building.

According to a statement by his spokespers­on, Moses Olafare, on Saturday, the initiative has created

direct employment for over 100 youths, while indirect employment opportunit­ies have equally been created for over 500 others.

Oba Ogunwusi, who was represente­d by a former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-kayode, urged stakeholde­rs, especially those in leadership positions to create platforms capable of engaging the youths productive­ly, to discourage them from taking to criminal acts.

Fani-kayode said, “His Imperial Majesty is sending a strong message through Ife Grand Resort and Industrial Park to all of us here that we should engage our youths and offer them dependable mentorship.

This is one among several activities of the Arole Oduduwa and I want us all to emulate this enviable gesture.”

In his address at the event, the governor, Oyetola, lauded “Ooni’s exemplary passion for socioecono­mic developmen­t.”

“For anyone familiar with Kabiyesi’s trajectory and passion for the youth and socioecono­mic developmen­t, this indeed would not come as a surprise. I must note that this resort, no doubt, is in tandem with our administra­tion’s developmen­t agenda, which is focused on revitalisi­ng our economy and stimulatin­g the local economy for maximum growth.”

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