Friday, June 08, 2018 05.45PM / ODA
Being the welcome and introductory remarks by Dr. Segun Aina OFR, Chairman, Osun Development Association (ODA) at the Dialogue Session of ODA with Representatives of Political Parties in Osun State held at Ideal Nest Hotel, Osogbo, Osun State on Wednesday 6th June 2018
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen.
Let me welcome everyone to this special and very important meeting and dialogue session. While welcoming you all most heartily, I like to particularly appreciate the large turnout of the leaders of all the registered political parties in Osun State.
The purpose of this dialogue, as we all know, is to engage the stakeholders in Osun State, especially the political class, and discuss the imperatives for promoting credible leadership at all levels. Through this dialogue, we hope to strengthen governance, create advocacy for social and economic development, agree the framework for rancour-free elections and political activities and, of course, elevate the significance and imperatives of accountability in political leadership.
In this gathering, we have members of the Osun Development Association (ODA), including the Trustees and Elders. We also have representatives of our partner organisations, which include the Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), Nigerian Union of Journalists, Nigeria Guild of Editors, Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria, Election Debate Group, Channels TV, Osun State Broadcasting Corporation, Kimpact Development Initiative (KDI), BudgiT and so on. The top echelons of the security organizations, including the Commissioner of Police for Osun State and the State Director of Department of State Security (DSS) are present at this dialogue session. Thank you very much for honouring our invitation.
As most people present here probably know, the Osun Development Group (which name was later changed to Osun Development Association in 2010, following its incorporation by the Corporate Affairs Commission), was established in 1995 by some of the people that championed the creation of Osun State in 1991. We thank God that most of those leaders and elders are alive today and still contributing to the development of Osun State in various areas especially through their membership of Osun Development Association.
The ODA is and shall remain non-partisan in politics and non-sectarian in religion. An important aspect of our mission statement is to be the hub for effective non-governmental development initiatives for Osun State, promoting economic and social advocacy. The ODA shall function as a non-governmental and independent association established for the promotion of non-governmental development initiatives dedicated to improving the quality of life of the people of Osun State and the development of Osun State in general.
Our Membership of ninety-seven personalities (with another fourteen undergoing admission screening) is made up of eminent people of adequate means and repute, who had held or are currently holding positions of great influence and authority in various spheres of life both locally and internationally, all indigenes of Osun State. All members are respected opinion leaders in their various communities all of whom are contributing to professional, philanthropic and charitable activities in their communities.
The Association has, since inception, provided strong support for various administrations in this state when called upon.
Some of the notable contributions include:
· Provision of support and leadership role in the Peace initiative of Ife-Modakeke conflict mediation and resolution; and
· Provision of support for all Peace initiatives in the State over time, which led to the Peace Advocacy.
Award given to ODA in 2003.
· Establishment of the Industrial Development Fund for the development of Science and Technical education which the Association administered for close to a decade.
· Creation of Kajola Integrated Investment Company Plc in 2006 as an Economic Advocacy Initiative.
· Playing an active role in the resolution of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) ownership tussle between Osun and Oyo States – another conflict mediation and resolution role.
· Exposition of Public, Private Partnership medium of economic advocacy development in Osogbo in 2011.
· Provision of a pool of broad-based experts from which various Governments have sourced needed expertise from time to time.
· Playing leading role in dousing the brewing anarchy surrounding the Hijab crises in 2016 – a widely acknowledged conflict mediation and resolution initiative of the Association.
NEW DIRECTION AND INITIATIVES
In our quest to see significant and accelerated development and contribute more to the State, we have re-strategized and refocused our energies in order to engage more directly with the people of Osun State. We shall do this through citizen engagement programmes, civic, voters and political education, provision of adequate input and support for democratic institutions, including all political parties, and the designing of a social and economic agenda as our input to the government from time to time. We also plan to design strategies for holding our elected leaders at all levels of governance in the state accountable to the people while setting performance measurement parameters. We will do this in partnership and collaboration with credible local and international organizations.
ODA members are determined to deploy huge resources towards positively reshaping the electoral process and political activities in a supportive, non-intrusive and non-partisan manner. We will seek to support a process that leads to the emergence of credible people-oriented and selfless candidates across all the political parties – candidates who understand the pains of our people in Osun State and can creatively and efficiently address the challenges confronting them.
I have no doubt that you will all support these worthy initiatives lined up to accelerate the social and economic development of the State and, more importantly, develop and build a large pool of selfless future leaders through various interventions across various age-groups.
Once again, I wish to welcome you very warmly as I look forward to your contributions during this and subsequent events and engagements of the ODA.
Dr Segun Aina OFR
Osun Development Association
Wednesday 6th June 2018
Members of Osun Development Association as at 31st May 2018
Officers 2017 – 2021
1. Dr Segun Aina OFR - Chairman
2. Dr Tunde Aworanti - Gen. Secretary
3. Prince Jide Ogundele - Asst Gen. Secretary
4. Alh Bade Adeshina - Treasurer
5. Dr Tunji Olugbodi - Publicity Secretary
6. Mr Soji Awogbade - Legal Adviser
7. Prince Ademola Adetona - Ex-Officio
8. Mr Demola Fabunmi - Ex-Officio
9. Chief Dr Benjamin Adigun MFR
10. Prof Olu Aina OFR
11. Gen Alani Akinrinade GCON
12. Chief Inaolaji Aboaba
13. Engr(Mrs.) Olu Maduka MFR
14. Prince Tunde Ponnle OFR
15. Prof Siyan Malomo
16. Chief Adegboyega Awomolo SAN
17. Mr J. F. Familusi
18. Engr Adenrele Afolabi
19. Chief Gbola Akinola
20. Mallam Yussuf Alli SAN
21. Prince Bimbo Olashore
22. Elder Femi Adelowokan
23. Mr Patrick Akinwuntan
24. Mr Taiwo Sangodele
25. Mr Bisi Afolabi
26. Alhaji Hammed Ajani
27. Dr Wale Babalakin SAN, OFR
28. Dr Ayo Coker
29. Dr Adebayo Jimoh
30. Mr A.J. Ashimolowo
31. Dr Oladimeji Alo
32. Prof Duro Ajeyalemi
33. Chief Olufemi Akande
34. Dr (Mrs) Oluremi Aribisala
35. Prof(Mrs) Funmi Togonu- Bickersteth
36. Chief John Odeyemi MFR
37. Elder Biodun Odeleye
38. Mr Dele Alabi
39. Mr Tunde Olugbodi
40. Prof Oye Ibidapo-Obe OFR
41. Rev Kole Olowofoyeku
42. Prof Bolaji Akinyemi CFR
43. Prof Babajide Alo
44. Prof Bisi Balogun
45. Prof Tunde Babawale
46. Alhaji Olapade Mohammed
47. Mr Yinka Oladitan
48. Chief Akin Akinola
49. Dr Jaiye Oyedotun
50. Mr Hakeem Ogunniran
51. Mr Ayo Akinsomi
52. Mr Yinka Obalade
53. Dr Jacob Olusola Agboola
54. Mr Rasheed Olaoluwa
55. Mr. Kola Ayeye
56. Prof Idowu Olayinka
57. Mr Ayobamidele Akande
58. Dr Tade Fadare
59. Mr Akin Morakinyo
60. Mr Wale Adeniyi
61. Prince Femi Oyewole
62. Mr Femi Akinsola
63. Mr Akin Odeyemi
64. Engr Mrs. Yetunde Daramola
65. Mr Seye Oyeleye
66. Prof M.O. Olufisayo Ologunde
67. Mrs Akinfire Adejumoke
68. Amb Ayo Olukanni
69. Chief Muyiwa Akinbolagbe
70. Mr Yemi Aluko
71. Chief Felix Fagbohungbe SAN
72 - 97 - Twenty-six other members
Note: In addition to the above list, admission process of 14 prospective members is currently ongoing.
OSUN DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION (ODA) COMMITTEES AND WORKING GROUPS as at 31ST May 2018
A) Research, Development and Advocacy Committee
1. Dr Oladimeji Alo -- Chairman
2. Prince Bimbo Olashore -- Vice Chairman
3. Dr Tade Fadare
4. Dr J.O. Agboola
5. Alh Bade Adeshina
6. Mr Soji Awogbade
B) Partnership and Collaboration Committee
1. Mr Ademola Fabunmi -- Chairman
2. Mr Patrick Akinwutan -- Vice Chairman
3. Mr Hakeem Ogunniran
4. Mr Wale Adeniyi
5. Amb Ayo Olukanni
6. Johnny Tunde Olugbodi
C) Membership And Welfare Committee
1. Dr Tunji Olugbodi -- Chairman
2. Dr Mrs Oluremi Aribisala -- Vice Chairman
3. Chief Gbola Akinola
4. Mr Yinka Oladitan
D) Finance and General Purpose Committee
1. Bade Adeshina -- Chairman
2. Alh Adebayo Jimoh -- Vice Chairman
3. Taiwo Sangodele
E) Peace and Conflict Resolution Matters Committee-(Board of Trustees and Other Elders)
F) Leadership and Governance Committee
1. Dr Tunji Olugbodi -- Chairman
2. Rev Kole Olowofoyeku -- Vice Chairman
3. Prince Jide Ogundele
4. Elder Biodun Odeleye
5. Mr Rasheed Olaoluwa
6. Mr Akin Odeyemi
· Prof Duro Ajeyalemi -- Head
· Engr Yetunde Daramola -- Deputy Head
· Prof Oye Ibidapo-Obe
· Mrs Funmilayo Olugbodi
· Prof Bisi Balogun -- Head
· Mr Femi Akinsola -- Deputy Head
· Mr Rasheed Olaoluwa
· Prince Femi Oyewole
· Prof Tunde Babawale -- Head
· Amb Ayo Olukanni- Deputy Head
· Mr Bisi Afolabi
· Prof Siyan Malomo -- Head
· Mr Akin Odeyemi -- Deputy Head
· Dr Ayo Coker
· Amb Ayo Olukanni