Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
The Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja 11 has pledged to partner with the women journalists as well as respect the rights of women in his kingdom, Nigeria and the world at large.
Ogunwusi made the pledge while playing host to the executives of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) B-zone led by the National President, Mrs. Ifeyinwa Omowole at his palace in Ile-Ife.
The monarch noted that the right of women is a very important aspect that cannot be overemphasized, hence the need to support women irrespective of their status.
The monarch who stressed that women are the casualties of war narrated the aftermath of Ife-Modakeke war, which he prayed would never happen again.
An act Oba Ogunwusi said have began in Ile-Ife, the source of yorubaland, as he
He informed the women journalists that he has constituted a committee to look into the plight of about 3,000 widows/women in his kingdom so as to give them support as well as empower them.
Oba Ogunwusi stated that through the House of Oduduwa Trust Fund approved by Governor Rauf Aregbesola, issues on women and youths of the town will be looked and attended to.
He then called on the Nawojians and the Non Governmental Organisations (NGO) to support the vision.
Speaking on the housing project embarked upon by NAWOJ, the Ooni of Ife affirmed that with his corporate background, he is in full support of the project saying that housing for all is crucial.
He asked that building materials be localised and the cost reduced for it to be affordable, and he called on government at all levels to support housing project for all, and people to support the governments.
In her address, the President of (NAWOJ), Mrs Ifeyinwa Omowole, expressed the association’s delight to Oba Ogunwusi and thanked God for the selection process that brought the Kabiyesi to the throne of his forefathers especially at this time in the history of our great nation when we need able and vibrant leaders, who will lead by example and turn around the fortune of the nation.
“Choosing you your Highness, is a clear departure from the past and we appreciate the efforts of the king makers and the state government of Osun under the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola for following the will of God,” she stated.
Describing the passion of Oba Ogunwusi for the development of Ile-Ife and youths in particular she stated that not too many well-to-do people in the country take cognisance of the need to mentor and help others to get their bearing right.
She gave kudos to the kabiyesi for accepting that women must be given their rightful place in Ife kingdom, which will serve as a model for the Yoruba nation considering that the roles of women are still unnoticed and unrecognized despite their enormous roles in building individuals and the nation as well.
The NAWOJ President appreciated Oba Ogunwusi for partnering with Nigeria Association of Women Journalists and to be advocators of projects that will benefit women, and for supporting the project of building houses comprising of 500 units of 3- bedroom flats per state for women journalists across the country, of which indigent widows/women in the host community will also benefit, and she stated that it will start off with Lagos State on Feb. 27th, 2016.
States in the B-zone that accompanied the National President of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) Mrs. Ifeyinwa Omowole on the courtesy visit to the Ooni of Ife, HRM. Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi included, Ekiti, Kwara, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, and Oyo state.
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Babatunde Enitn Ogunwusi received the executives of the women journalists in the company of the Owa of Orangun Ila, Oba Abdulwahab Oyedotun, Bibire I, among other royal dignatries.
The NAWOJ president who also visited the Correspondents’ chapel of the NUJ, Osun state solicited for the inclusion of women journalists in the decision making of the union.