CYE Tasks South West Govs On Need To Entrench New Yoruba Anthem In Schools


    Yoruba socio-cultural group, Council of Yoruba Elders (CYE) has commended the six governors in the South Western part of Nigeria over their commitment to the development of their motherland.

    CYE Secretary General, Dr. Victor Taiwo, disclosed this after the Global Executive Council of the group during the week.

    Reviewing the communique issued at the end of the South West Governors’ Forum held in Lagos, the group commended the commitments of the governors toward a greater regional cohesion of their region.

    It will be recalled that the governors of the six South West states in their move towards greater regional cohesion officially adopted the song “Isè wà fùn Ile wà (Our Work for Our Land) as common anthem of the Yoruba people.

    The announcement came after a closed-door meeting held in Lagos on Monday, with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos making the official declaration.

    Also in attendance at the meeting were Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa (Ondo), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Ademola Adeleke (Osun), and Biodun Oyebanji (Ekiti).

    The group disclosed that the song was composed by late Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

    CYE further said that the themes of hard work, dedication to the homeland, and progress stressing its adoption as an anthem and indicated a desire by the South West governors to foster a sense of shared identity and purpose among the Yoruba people.

    “We observed that all the six governors of the South West geo-political zone were in attendance. This is commendable as presence is the first sign of commitment. We urge the Governors to continue on this trajectory to show our people a good example of brotherhood and commitment to the well-being of motherland.

    “The Adoption of a common anthem for Yorubaland- Ise Wa Fun Ile Wa- is most commendable. It signals a rallying point and the promise of a rebirth. The Council urged the Governors to further ensure the entrenchment of the anthem by making it mandatory in all primary and secondary schools in  the South West as well as in all formal gatherings- social and political. The Council urged that individual South West states’ Anthems be dropped in favour of Ise Wa Fun Ile Wa.”

    CYE called for the push by the governors for the speedy passage of the South West Development Commission Bill by the South West caucus of House of Representatives.

    The Council also noted the unanimity of the South West Governors on the desirability of state police and regional collaboration on agriculture to ensure food security in Yorubaland.

    “The resolve by the governors to further strengthen the DAWN Commission’s operational efficiency to achieve its ONE BLOC mandate especially on economic integration, cooperation and investment promotion was also welcomed by the Council.”

    CYE appealed to the Forum to consider recapitalisation of Odua Investment Limited and make it a behemoth of wealth and job creation in Yorubaland.

    “The Company’s stake in some key companies has drastically reduced due to lack of capacity to make further fund injection when required. There is a need to expand the capital base and structure of the company as a true conglomerate that can increase the patrimonial commonwealth of our people.”

    CYE reiterated its commitment to restructuring agenda and pledged to collaborate with persons and institutions that advance the well-being and interest of the Yoruba people.

    The Council, however, urged the governors and legislators to consider the absolute necessity for synergy between them, the state actors and the credible and creditable non-state actors like CYE, saying that this is highly essential and inevitable if truly we desire the perfect results for the uplift of Yorubaland.

    Packaged by Adekunle Adegboyega

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