The Olowu of Owu Kingdom in Egbaland, Oba Saka Matemilola has admitted that his subjects have been pillar of his success in the last one year of his ascension to the throne of his forefathers, recalling that when he took up the reign of power he was not sure how activities and events would pan out over the following months.
Penpushing reports that the monarch made this known at a press conference held in his palace on Thursday in Abeokuta, ahead of his first year coronation anniversary, adding that so far he is filled with joy and happiness with the support received by his people in the kingdom
‘When I arrived in Abeokuta on 1st August 2022, to take up the role of Olowu of Owu Kingdom. I was not sure how activities and events would pan out over the following months. All I knew was that I was fully prepared in my vision and determination to make a difference in the lives and well-being of my people’, he recalled
‘I was clear about where I wanted to lead Owu. I had my goals and mapped out, and how I was going to measure our achievements as we progress. Right from the seclusion period in Ipebi, at every opportunity I made it clear to everyone what my priorities were; human capacity development of our people, and socio-economic development across our communities’, he added
‘Each time that I talked about this, I make sure to also quickly emphasise that the foundation for achieving these goals is hinged on our ability to unite as a people, and how well we are able to build good relationships with our neighbours’, Matemilola emphaised
Penpushing further reports that the monarch looking back in the last one year declared that he was satisfied with the support and cooperation being enjoyed from his subjects, who he said contributed immensely for the successes.
‘I had no insight as to what structure was on ground, nor on the resources that would be available to work with. I was pleasantly surprised how quickly and easily we were able to get everyone that mattered onboard. Indeed, a good product will sell itself, provided people need or want it, and it has features that people can see working’, he stated
‘I am filled with joy and happiness. My people are my support. With the right support, you can surmount any obstacle. This wise saying couldn’t be truer, considering what I experienced since my ascension to the throne as the 14th Olowu of Abeokuta’, he added
Penpushing also reports that he said his reign within the period of a year has achieved a lot of important milestones, for which he is proud of, adding that he has confidence that the community can achieve a lot more in the future.
‘We have received enormous support for our initiatives, both from home and abroad. My experience over the last 12 months, has confirmed my strong belief that when the conditions are conducive, Nigerians are generally good natured’, he stated
‘Certainly, credit for the successes which we have recorded so far, is due to the good support and contributions that we have received. From people who believe in our vision and trust in our plans, and who have supported us with resources to actualize our programmes’, Matemilola stressed
Penpushing reports that the royal father, however, dedicated all achievements to his subjects, adding that his reign has touched the lives of the people in many positive ways, some which he disclosed as include Olowu Scholars Foundation, provision of water facilities, healthcare delivery, skill acquisition and economic empowerment
The traditional ruler said other notable achievements include community development and social well-being, war against drugs abuse, alternative dispute resolution, solar street lights and mental health advocacy among others
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