The Moshood Abiola Polytechnic Abeokuta Muslim Alumni (MAPAMA) has paid a historic courtesy visit to His Royal Majesty, Olota of Ota, Oba (Prof) Abdulkabir Adeyemi Obalanlege, Lanlege Ekun II, Arole Iganmode.
The MAPAMA delegation was led by one of Africa’s leading town planners and Chairman, Board of Trustees, MAPAMA, Alhaji Waheed Kadiri and included President, Prince Taofeek Oyeniyi; Vice President, Tpl AbduRouf Oluwakemi Adebanjo and Immediate Past President, Alhaji Taofik Salako.
The Muslim group used the occasion to commend the inclusive leadership style of Olota, an illustrious member of MAPAMA and formally invited the esteemed king as the Royal Father of the Day at the Association’s National Convention billed for Conference Hotel, Abeokuta on November 26-27, 2022.
Alhaji Kadiri, a distinguished academic and former Rector of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, lauded the remarkable progress that has been witnessed since the assumption of office of Oba Obalanlege, Lanlege Ekun II.
He assured the king of continuing support in his efforts to enhance development and living standards of the Ota Kingdom and Nigeria generally.
Prince Oyeniyi explained that MAPAMA, in line with its motto of ‘brotherhood for development’, was happy to associate with the highly revered monarch.
He said it was not a surprise to see the ambience and people-focussed governance at the palace given the pedigree of the Olota, a successful academic and well-respected intellectual.
The President, who formally presented the Olota with a copy of the Association’s Constitution, explained various developmental initiatives being undertaken by the Association and solicited the support of His Royal Majesty for the programmes.
He assured the revered monarch of the support of the Association, promising that the Association will keep close relationship with the palace.
Welcoming the delegation, Oba Obalanlege, Lanlege Ekun II, described the visit as a homecoming as several illustrious sons and daughters of Ota Kingdom are members of the Association.
The monarch, who spoke through his Private Secretary and former Director at Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation (OGBC), Mr Kayode Taiwo, said the palace is open to all progressive minds and ideas, noting that development is a collective task.
He underscored the importance of associations like MAPAMA in efforts to rebuild critical national infrastructures, social and moral values and societal cohesion.
Kabiesi said all hands must be on the deck to restore moral values to the society, especially among the youths, and called on other alumni to emulate members of MAPAMA.
Oba Obalanlege, Lanlege Ekun II, assured the Association of his support and presence at the National Convention.
Alhaji Salako commended the Olota for honouring the Association and prayed for continuing peace and progress in Ota Kingdom.
Also in the delegation were Alhaji Abdur Rasaq Misbaudeen, Director, Ministry of Information, Lagos; Tpl Wakeel Solabi, National Treasurer and Managing Partner, Preferred Planners ; Mrs Ajumah Onasanya, business tycoon; Prince Abdul Wasiu Oyeniyi, Coordinator, Lagos MAPAMA and Managing Partner, CPDV; Mrs Hafsoh Animasaun, business tycoon; Mr Idris Bello and Mr Shamsudeen Ogunmuyiwa.