Still relishing the Federal College of Education recently sited in his domain, the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, has described Iwo as God’s own town and assured the management of the college of a sustainable hospitality which the existing higher institution currently enjoys.
Oba Akanbi also promised that he would spare no effort in securing property of the school and lives of the workforce with a view to putting development on a fast track.
While presenting the Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) to the team in his palace on Tuesday, the traditional ruler called on his subjects to see the college as a collective treasure which they must protect and help to align with the dream of the federal government.
After the presentation, the Oluwo expressed his peoples’ appreciation to the government and said Iwo is a natural land for growth and development, hence the historical presence of the Baptist Mission in the town.
“Iwo is the town to be called God’s own town in Nigeria, and that is the plain truth. Go and check your history book, you will find out what I am talking about. The tolerance of our fathers to the outsiders cannot be matched elsewhere. Go to Bowen University and see what is on ground there. The Federal College of Education too will get there; will get to the top in due course. We are set to give it all the needed support to fly and become the best in the country,” he said.
The Provost of the college, Professor Raifu Adebayo also sought support from the takeoff in order to take the school to a higher pedestal in record time, saying the school logo to align with Iwo Cultural heritage as home of parrot and knowledge. He added that the motto was also coined from acronym “IWO” – Integrity, Wisdom and Optimism”.
The Asiwaju Musulumi of Iwol, who doubles as the institution’s Governing Council Chairman, Alhaji Liad Tela, described the school as his pride and a page of his blueprint dream when he was contesting as an House of Representatives. He said he had fought for a federal institution during the regime of Ibrahim Babangida but could not succeed as the school was later taken to Ede after it had been approved for Iwo
He praised the Oluwo and other federal, state and local government actors who participated to ensure the success of the agitation just as he commended the Senator representing Osun West Senatorial District, Engineer. Adelere Oriolowo for his role in the actualization of the project.
Other management team who accompanied the provost to the palace included the Bursar, Dr. Adebayo Lasisi; the Registrar, Mr. Aderibigbe; the Librarian, Dr. Mrs. Iyanda.
Traditional rulers, chiefs and Islamic scholars of Iwo origin such as the Waziri of Yorubaland, Sheik Yaqub Abdulbaaqi, a Kuwait-based media practitioner, Alhaji Lukman Badru also witnessed the presentation. Others included a retired Permanent Secretary of the Osun State Ministry of Land, Prince Tayo Hassan, Surveyor Razak Ayinde and others.