The Governor of Osun State, Mr Gboyega Oyetola, has charged youths in the state and Nigeria at large to hold on to their dreams and pursue it with necessary strength and seriousness.
Oyetola, disclosed this in Osogbo on Saturday, at a book presentation titled ” Oju Pon Koko Ma Fo” written in honour of an octogenarian, Prince Adeleke Oduola.
The Governor, who was represented by his Deputy,Mr Benedict Alabi, described Prince Oduola, whose life was chronicled in the book as an inspiration to the younger generations.
Oyetola stated that ‘Oju Pon Koko Ma Fo, Itan Igbe Aye Omo Oba Adeleke Oduola’ written by Aderemi Oduola, one of the children of the octogenarian, and rendered in a breezy style with Omoluabi style would be of immense benefit to the Yoruba as a people.
He asserted that his government would continue to be committed to the well-being of the people of Osun, by giving hope to them to face life challenges squarely and deliver prosperity to all.
Oyetola , however , encouraged the citizens of the state to emulate the lifestyle of Prince Oduola by promoting and adding value to the Yoruba literature for the development of the race.
He said ,” The story of Prince Oduola is a lesson to our youth that in the midst of seeming hopelessness and misery, focus, can-do attitude and hope are kernels for attaining the desired end.
” Beyond content of character and deeds is the choice of the indigenous Yoruba Language to tell his story so that his people, especially the youth and posterity, can learn lessons and face the vicissitudes of life with dignity, vigour and candour.
” In him resides the barometer for our youth to find hope and courage in a shattering world which we find ourselves”.
In his remarks, Prince Adeleke Oduola, commended the Governor and other important dignitaries who graced the book presentation for their support to make the occasion more eventful.
He also implored young people not to be discouraged by the challenges of life but firmly hold on to virtues of hardwork , selfless service and perseverance.
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