As part of his intervention to assist the government in the education sector, the Asale of Isale Land, Oba Olukunle Ganiyu Agboola, donated an ultra- modern administrative building to his alma mater, Yewa North Local Government School 1, Oja-Odan, Yewa North, Ogun State.
The building which was inaugurated by the donor, houses a Conference Room, an ICT room and a Visitors’ Room.
In an interview, the monarch revealed that the administrative block would go a long way in easing the administrative challenges of the school, noting that an enabling academic environment, makes it easy for the teaching staff to achieve their goals within the shortest possible time.
Oba Agboola maintained that the gesture was part of his social responsibility to the community and the people.
“When we look at things in Nigeria today, we cannot just say government should do everything for us. In my own thinking, we have to join government to rebuild the country”, he said.
He called on other co-monarchs in the country to identify areas where they can assist their communities. This he said would aid rapid development.
” The advice I can give other Obas is that they shouldn’t rely on the government to do certain basic things. Neither should they rely on the community to bring something to them. We shouldn’t expect to be fed. We should also seize the initiative and do something for the people. Our efforts should complement that of the government. We should do things side by side so that the community will be developing.”
The Asale, who explained that the project took 13 months before completion, stressed that his love for the people keeps him motivated in the task of bringing increased development to the community.
” I did the project because of my love for the people and I know history will remember me for this act. That is why I have decided to do something unforgettable for the school, so that my name would not be erased from the school’s history.”
Earlier in his own address, the Head Teacher, Comrade Ogunsola Isola, appreciated Asale’s kind gesture, saying such laudable project was unprecedented in the school’s history.
“We have never had it this good in this school. What has impressed me the most about Kabiyesi’s kind act was the manner in which he supervised the construction of the building himself.”
Isola, however urged other well meaning indigenes of the community to follow the monarch’s lead by supporting the school in other areas of need.
Rationale behind the project
First and foremost, I am an alumnus of that school. I left the school in 1967. Last year I was fortunate to be called by the school authority who said they wanted to give me an award. It was an ‘Hall of fame’ award. I accepted the offer knowing full well I am one of the distinguished products of this school. I was very happy the day I received the award which was presented to me by Dr. Chief Akinde who is the current headmaster of the school. It was during the ceremony that I promised to give something back to the school. I was given a list of things the school needed as a form of assistance. The list included items like television, generating set, computer etc. They just asked me to pick an item on the list. But I had other ideas and thought donating an ultra modern administrative block would serve the school better. It is the only project that can stand the test of time. When we look at things in Nigeria today, we cannot just say government should do everything for us. In my own thinking, we have to join government to rebuild the country. After I left the school, no one has been able to gather the old students together to do something noteworthy for the school.
Call for other monarchs to emulate gesture
Before I became king, I was a transporter and farmer. After my enthronement, I didn’t relent on my farming job, although I had to abandon the transportation work as royalty would not allow me do such a job again. The advice I can give other Obas is that they shouldn’t rely on the government to do certain basic things. Neither should they rely on the community to bring something to them. We shouldn’t expect to be fed. We should also seize the initiative and do something for the people. Our efforts should complement that of the government. We should do things side-by-side so that the community will be developing. I was enthroned in November 21, 1998. Our forefathers came from Ile Ife. They are the founders of this area.
Experience as a king
Immediately I was crowned, it came as a shock because of my previous occupation which was transportation and farming. It took a while for me to adjust to the demands of royalty. For instance, I recall that I once asked my people, about four of them to follow me on a long distance trek. I did that consecutively for 3 days because I missed walking and I was beginning to accumulate fatigue. I was getting tired of sitting in one place as a king doing little or nothing. My legs were swollen. After trekking for like 5 days, my legs went back to normal. After 2 years of doing nothing, I went back to farming. I had to do that because my savings were dwindling. The fact that I was called to serve the people does not necessarily mean I have to be reliant on them for feeding and other basic necessities.
Farming as a lucrative business
No one should ignore farming. Our fathers relied heavily on agriculture because they knew it was lucrative. It is the only venture that gives one rest of mind. We must all tap into the potentiality of agriculture. It also brings about development. You may be shocked to hear that the project was self financed through my extensive agricultural business and I am proud of this.